Chevrolet Volt's Electric Range Now 25-50 Miles

Posted: September 24, 2010

One of the biggest selling points of the yet-to-be-released Chevrolet Volt has been its reported electric-range of 40 miles. Since January of 2007, Chevy has claimed that because 75 percent of drivers travel less than 40 miles a day, a Volt could allow them to go completely gas free. Recently, however, Chevy has begun to backtrack on that claim.

Exposed in a 560 page document filed with the US Security and Exchange Commission, in preparation for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO), Chevrolet is saying that the typical range of the Volt is “25-50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age.”

With that said, it’s great if you live in a flat, warm climate -- like Florida -- where you can obtain a 50-mile range, but what about the potential buyer who lives in places like Colorado?

GM Volt spoke to Volt spokesperson Rob Peterson who says, “We’ve always said up to 40 [miles],” and adds “[Chevrolet] tweaked the EV range from 25 to 50.” Peterson went on to say that the low estimate of 25 miles on an electric charge is “pretty darn close” to the worst case scenario.

In an interview with The Detroit News, Peterson said that Chevrolet is trying to “level-set expectations” because the company has had more experience testing the Volt.

Expect the Chevrolet Volt to hit showrooms in December at a price of $41,000 before the $7,500 dollar tax credit.

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