Pure and utter bollocks

GM says new Volt to get 230 mpg in city driving

The EPA guidelines, developed with input from automakers, figure that cars like the Volt will travel more on straight electricity in the city than on the highway. If a person drives the Volt less than 40 miles, in theory they could go without using gasoline.

[Yahoo AP]

According to this bogus claim, actual fuel used- if your test consists of driving the vehicle for under 40 miles at a sedate pace- is actually none at all (not counting the coal burned to charge the batteries).

Which is infinity, or ∞mpg.

Why not run with that as the lede?

I guess that angle seemed too unrealistic, even too grandiose that the GM spokes-holes didn’t think such a tall tale would fool even idiotic AP beat writers (really?). Little did they know these glorified stenographers just jot down what they hear without question, and it gets published. Now I bet they wish they’d not restrained their inner Gecko.

This is the kind of spin which strains credibility, so typical of glorified beancounters, detached as they are from the real world. Especially true in the case of GM, which, judging from the desperation such gimmickry reveals, is probably not a good bet to survive.

Do they really think the public is that stupid?


“You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.” -Scott Adams

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