Volt goes 1000 miles between refills

May 3rd, 2011 - 11:42 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, May 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) General Motors has announced that the owners of its electric-powered vehicle Chevrolet Volt on the average fill their car once every month. The car’s tank can hold about 9.3 gallons which the giant automaker says is enough to cover 1,000 miles.

The information was based on data collected from the owners of the vehicles. Though it may sound like a good deal for car owners economics warn that the car has its expensive side. Owners have to recharge the car every night and that might affect the electricity bill.

GM says about 2,000 units of the vehicle are known to be in possession of the public. The vehicle when it is fully charged can travel for about 35 miles before the battery will run down. When the vehicle’s battery dies down, the gas tank is automatically used to power the vehicle.

The advantage that electricity has over gasoline is the rate. According to the estimates of the Environmental Protection Agency, 99 cents worth of electricity can power the Volt to a distance of 25 miles. The same distance will cost $2.75 if gasoline is used to power the vehicle. With the increasing cost of fuel, many analysts say GM is using the data for marketing purposes.

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