30 Jun '11, 12am

CNN says Chevrolet Volt tech is "obsolete" compared to Toyota Prius Plug-in

I will never understand why supposedly intelligent reporters cannot understand the difference between instantaneous mileage and lifetime mileage. Sure, until the advent of the plug-in vehicle "instantaneous" mileage (miles per gallon or gallons per 100 miles) may have been a good predictor of lifetime mileage. But not when you consider a plug-in hybrid like the Volt (or new Prius). Even if the Volt got a lousy 4 miles to the gallon in charge sustaining mode, if you rarely ever went past the 35 all electric miles, you would still have a lifetime fuel usage much much less than a fuel sipping 100 mpg car. On the other hand, if you regularly drive 300 miles a day, then your electric only range is swallowed up by the less efficient charge sustaining mode. So it matters how you drive. The Volt is more likely to stay in all electric mode than the Prius. So even if it occasionally...

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