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Lies, Damned Lies and MPG Claims for the Volt

According to Wikipedia, "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is part of a phrase attributed to the 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and popularized by Mark Twain. The new champion of the genre has to be GM with its obscene claims of 230 mpg for the Volt.

The Volt is a planned plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is supposed to get 40 miles of electric only range and then switch over to an internal combustion engine to generate power and keep the battery charged.

The only way to get to a 230 mpg figure for the Volt is to assume a daily commute of 46 miles a day for a 5-day work week. That way you get 40 miles per day from nightly charging (200 miles) and 6 miles per day (30 miles) from the internal combustion engine. Put it all together and VOILA, 230 MPG, an altogether meaningless number.

Abraham Lincoln is oft quoted for saying "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time." Exactly who does GM think they're fooling?