Dodd Harris is unimpressed by the Chevy Volt's EPA ratings:
The woefully limited 35-mile range on battery and mere 37 MPG on gas leaves one wondering what all that hype was really about.
No car is designed to appeal to every single person, and the Volt is no exception. It's designed mostly to appeal to a specific kind of driver: someone who does the great bulk of their driving around town, maybe 20 or 30 miles a day at most, but occasionally needs to drive further and doesn't want to buy a second car just for those occasions. There are lots of people like that, and for them the Volt is great. They'll spend 98% of their time running solely on battery power and recharging at night when rates are low, and 2% of their time getting 37 mpg — which is actually pretty damn good.
Or if they don't have kids, they could get a, you know, bike. In DC, we're currently experiencing a boom in cycling. Low carbon, high exercize, greater mobility in many instances than a car: what's not to like?