It had to happen eventually: Bob Lutz, the father of the Volt, admits his last but not least automotive child is not going to reliably meet his lofty expectations. ABC reports that in an interview at the NIAS, Lutz let the air out of the Volt’s 40 mile EV range that has been predicted to be as reliable as the sun rising on a new day, and perpetuated by GM even more religiously than the 230 mpg claim: Sounding as if he had just read our recent post on EV range, ABC quotes Mr. Volt:
Lutz said that electric vehicles may not get the stated range on fully electric power because of weather, atmospheric conditions, terrain and driving habits. He said he had a Volt during the Thanksgiving weekend and got only 28 miles on full-electric power because of the cold weather.
Here’s the line we’ve been waiting for:
“It varies a lot more than the range variation with a gasoline-powered car depending on your driving style,” Lutz said.
We’re going to try to avoid sounding sanctimonious (and probably fail), but that’s exactly what we’ve been saying since the since the Volt was announced almost three years ago. Sooner or later the truth about EV range had to come out of the GM closet.