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GM Shrinks the Volt's Gas Tank and its Range Shrinks from 600 to 400 Miles

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GM's upcoming Chevy Volt is one of the most anticipated new cars especially with these insane gas prices. Well when GM originally unveiled the Volt the automaker boasted that the hybrid would have a 600 mile range...well things have changed.

According to Kicking Tires, GM has shrank the Volt's gas tank and its mileage has dropped significantly. Originally GM claimed that the Volt would achieve up to 600 miles on a tank of gas partly due to the fact that the car could drive up to 40 miles on electric power alone. Now it looks like GM has shrank the tank and the car will see its range reduced from 600 miles to 400 miles, 40 of which is thanks to the electric power (360 gas powered miles).

GM claims that most customers do not drive over 40 miles a day so it didnt make sense to fit the Volt with a large gas tank. The reduction in capacity to less than 12 gallons will save some weight.

"Most cars today have a range of more than 300 miles and less than 400 miles before refueling,” said Jim Hossack, vice president of AutoPacific, an automotive research and consulting firm. “GM didn't need a longer range because most bladders can't go 600 miles."

Full Story: Kicking Tires

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