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EPA hasn't actually tested the Volt's 230 mpg

The EPA issues an official statement concerning the Volt's mpg rating.

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The Volt's 230 mpg claim hasn't been confirmed by the EPA. General Motors

Tuesday, GM announced that the Chevrolet Volt would achieve an EPA estimated 230 city mpg. Apparently, GM forgot to tell the EPA.

The official statement released by the EPA states:

EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM. EPA does applaud GM's commitment to designing and building the car of the future--an American-made car that will save families money, significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create good-paying American jobs. We're proud to see American companies and American workers leading the world in the clean energy innovations that will shape the 21st century economy.

In a nutshell, the EPA is trying to distance itself from GM's claimed fuel economy without badmouthing the automaker. To be fair, GM stated that the 230 mpg rating was based on a draft of the new EPA standard, but it looks like GM may have jumped the gun with Tuesday's announcement. So, we'll have to wait a bit longer to see the if the Volt can live up to GM's lofty claims.

(Via: Green Car Advisor)