We all have high hopes for the Volt. GM is banking on it to be awesome, so interest in electric cars remains high. Would-be buyers are hoping that it will fulfill their dreams of a gas-free commute to work, while still giving them the range they need on the weekends.
Popular Mechanics just completed the first (as far as I know) unsupervised third-party test of the Volt. What did they find? An average of 33 miles of EV range, which is 17% short of the 40 mile target. Once the battery was depleted, they managed an average 32 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway.
Color me unimpressed. What happened to the 50 MPG post-battery goal that was floating around? It’s likely that the Volt’s portly (and newly discovered) 3800 lb curb weight has a little something to do with that. It sounds like the drivers at Pop Mechanics were a little aggressive too – mentions of 78 MPH on the highway during the EV test.
Can the Volt deliver 40+ miles of EV range and 40-50 MPG post-EV with careful driving? I hope so. We’ll need some more tests to find out for sure.