By Mari McGrath · September 15, 2009
Amid the news of town hall meetings gone awry, the announcement from GM was a little subdued. The pseudo-defunct auto giant announced that they have developed an electric car that will get 230 miles per gallon. On a single charge, the battery in the car will go for 40 miles, at which point the small gas engine kicks in to recharge the battery- getting you the 230 miles they claim.
Its a step. It really is a step. With hybrids only getting at most 60 mpg, on a good day, we haven’t really cracked the dependence our traveling has on gas. Nissan has criticized GM whose LEAF car, due out in 2011, is claimed to get 267 mpg and be more than $10,000 less than the Chevy Volt.
Bickering aside, can’t we do better than this? Reducing the gas needed to run a car isn’t exactly a long term solution, it simply slows the bleeding. More importantly, companies seem to be focusing on how to make a car more efficient, not for whom. We are the ones who would buy up an eco-friendly car if they showed up. Present a low cost, truly environmentally friendly car, and quarterlifers would stop cruising Craigslist and updating their Facebook statuses to get to the dealer.