As the Cash for Clunkers program comes to an end, the nation is still united in its efforts to promote fuel-efficiency as part of a nationwide effort to make the automotive industry more environmentally and economically friendly. That’s why Chicago Chevrolet dealers are getting set to roll out a car so incredibly fuel-efficient that driving will never be the same. GM claims the new Chevy Volt gets four times the fuel-economy of the Toyota Prius, the current reigning champ in fuel-efficiency for American sold vehicles according to the EPA.
A recent announcement by General Motors claims the brand new electric car can get an astounding 230 mpg in city driving. That makes the Volt the first mass-produced vehicle to claim more than 100 mpg composite fuel economy. In comparison, the Prius posts an average of 51 mpg in the city and 48 mph highway. For potential Chicago Chevy Volt buyers, these numbers should represent nothing less than a long-awaited breath of fresh air.
A rechargeable electric car, the Volt generates most of its power from an electric motor and battery-pack with a 40-mile range. A small internal-combustion engine powers the vehicle after its battery life has run dry, but it doesn’t kick in until you need it.
A recent Chevy press release has the numbers to back up their product. According to U.S. Department of Transportation data, almost eight out of ten Americans commute fewer than 40 miles each day. That means almost 80 percent of the U.S. population would be able to drive from home to work and back again in a Volt without using a single drop of gas or creating a single emission. Impressive stuff, GM.
Chevy’s Volt slogan, “The Future is Electrifying,” is not far from the truth. The numbers that GM is touting are truly amazing. So amazing, in fact, that Chicago Chevrolet dealers might not know how to handle the volume of potential customers flooding their showrooms.
While GM’s claims are impressive, we won’t know for sure how well the Volt can perform until the EPA has officially tested the fuel economy of the Volt. What we do know is that the Volt will more than likely be able to outperform the auto industry’s reigning champ. Chicago Chevy Volt customers are sure to love the agile grace of the Volt and its ability to run so far on so little. It is important to take into account the fact that different driving styles can have different effects on fuel economy. Regardless, the Volt will end up on a higher plateau than your previous car.
While the Volt isn’t set to launch until 2010 or 2011, drivers interested in a Chicago Chevrolet price quote should visit their local Chicago Chevrolet dealers. The future certainly is electrifying, so get on board. Right now is prime time to start saving money and help contribute to our country’s slowing reliance on the oil industry and the environmental and economic efficiency that the country has grown to demand of the automotive industry.