The Environmental Protection Agency has finally given the 2011 Chevrolet Volt its much-anticipated fuel economy figures, and the big number is 60 combined mpg.
Per EPA testing guidelines, alternatively powered vehicles like the Nissan Leaf (99 combined mpg) will need to use a whole different kind of window sticker. The federal keepers of all things fuel economy have given the Volt the equivalent of a 93-mpg rating in all-electric mode, up to 35 miles. The EPA testing cycle determined the Volt is capable of 35 miles of EV driving and was good for 379 total miles after the gas-powered engine kicks in and assuming there’s no battery recharging. With the generator running, the Volt is rated an actual 35 city/40 highway mpg (37 combined).
End result: The initial electric and latter gas-supplemented running modes are rated for 60 combined mpg (or MPGe as the EPA has designated).
The wild card will be the Volt owner’s recharging habits. And who doesn’t want to get the best mileage possible?