GM: Chevrolet Volt returning 40 miles on battery power, 50 mpg in extended range mode

General Motors engineers held a little update for the Chevrolet Volt late Monday and announced that the extended-range electric-vehicle (they hate calling it a plug-in hybrid) has been returning 40 miles on battery power alone as promised. Engineers at GM are driving around six pre-production Chevrolet Volt units on a day-to-day basis.

Andrew Farah, the Volt’s chief engineer said that GM still has a “few things to tweak” with the car, including computer software and controls, but the car is on schedule for full production in November.

Farah also confirmed that he got 41.5 miles and 42.5 miles on his last two electric trips in the Volt. He said he achieved those figures under normal driving conditions on running errands like picking up tax preparation software and groceries.

“I’m not speeding, I’m not taking it particularly easy either, because I’m driving the way I would normally drive,” he said.

Farah also said that the Chevrolet Volt will get about 50 mpg when it is in extended-range mode with the engine running. While GM won’t confirm how many gallons of gas the tank will hold, they say the range of the Volt should be more than 300 miles.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: MSNBC