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CHEVY VOLT: rated 93 mpg on electricity w/o gas, 37 mpg on…

Powered by electricity without being tethered to electrical outlets.

The Chevrolet Volt has gotten its EPA mpg ratings:

The equivalent of 93 miles per gallon (mpg-e) in combined city and highway driving while running on electricity alone.

37 mpg when running on juice from its onboard gasoline-powered generator.

Those will be the figures on the Volt’s window sticker when deliveries of the plug-in car begin next month. The Volt is priced at $41,000, though buyers may qualify for an up to $7,500 federal tax credit.

Earlier this week, the Nissan Leaf all-electric plug got a window-sticker rating of 99 mpg-e for combined city and highway driving. The Leaf has no onboard generator and Nissan estimates its range, subject to variables such as climate and drivers’ habits, at about 100 miles and then the car must be plugged in to recharge.

The Volt can go 25 to 50 miles on electricity alone, also subject to variables, then a 1.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in to provide juice for the electric motor, making its range the same as a non-electric car — a capability General Motors has advertised as eliminating “range anxiety.” To electric car purists, however, that makes it not a fully electric car.

The ratings means potential buyers needs to look closely at their driving needs. Owners who can do much or all of their typical daily driving on electricity and plug in at night will get stellar mileage. But if they needs to use the gas-engine generator much of the time, a conventional (and cheaper) hybrid, as well as several regular gas-engine (and much cheaper) cars would provide similar fuel efficiency.

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