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Volt of confidence in new electric car

GENERAL Motors Corp said yesterday its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 370 kilometers per 4 liters of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the mileage of the current champion, the Toyota Prius.

GM came up with the figure in early tests using draft guidelines from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for calculating the mileage of extended range electric vehicles, said Tony Posawatz, GM's vehicle line director for the Volt.

If the figure is confirmed by the EPA, which does the tests for the mileage posted on new car door stickers, the Volt would be the first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage, Posawatz said.

The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 64-km range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a total range of 483 km. The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.

Most auto makers are working on similar plug-in designs, but GM could be the leader with the Volt, which is due in showrooms late in 2010.


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