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)