Gallery: Edison2 eVLC Car Achieves Amazing 245 MPGe Rating from the EPA...

 

Last year, a team driving a gas-powered Edison2 VLC (Very Light Car) won the X Prize Mainstream Class, after which the company hinted that a similar car with “other power sources” could cure range anxiety. In preliminary testing of their subsequent eVLC, an electric version of the same car, Edison2 reported an astonishing 310 miles per gallon equivalent in testing. That’s not an EPA-certified number, but now the EPA has ruled on the eVLC and given it an amazing 245 mpge official rating! And that’s not all. Those same tests proved the eVLC has a 114-mile range in its small 10.5-kWh battery and can recharge on a standard household outlet in just 6 hours. This is efficient enough to scrap the need for an electric vehicle charging infrastructure completely if all electric cars were this quick-charging.

The question now is if the eVLC can pass all its safety tests to get on the road. Simulations of the necessary tests for the lightweight 1,031-pound car show it could theoretically pass its exams, but only the real tests to be performed later this year will tell us if the eVLC is a game changer or just a nice collector’s car. Either way, the eVLC has to have other electric car makers thinking of ways they can make their vehicles more efficient, as a 114-mile range and even quicker recharging would propel electric cars into the mainstream for good.

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  1. caeman November 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Naivedo, you have completely missed the point of my complaint.

    You go to buy an electric car and you see these fancy numbers! 100 MPGe, 200 MPGe, 300 MPG3e! That is fantastic! Wait…it has a range of 80 miles? What good does having an MPG-style rating on a battery do when you can simply rate the car by the number of miles it can travel on a battery charge? Good luck traveling 200 miles on that one charge.

    I don’t want cars to hold one gallon of gas. I want the MPGe rating dropped because it is stupid and misleading. Electric cars don’t have gallons, they have Kilowatt-hours and known SMALL range.

    MPGe is a marketing ploy to amplify the numbers for a public that likes big numbers. The e-makers know that if they had to label their cars with “Max distance 80 miles per full charge” that it would scare the average buyer away. So they concocted a magical formula to equate kWh with MPG.

  2. Naivedo November 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Also, caeman wants every car to hold exactly one gallon of fuel so the MPGe equals the range. How many cars hold exactly one gallon? Almost none if not none. Making a car’s range equal it’s cost of a gallon of fuel is moronic.

  3. Naivedo November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The Range in miles of the vehicle and the cost of fuel (MPGe) are two separate numbers. Just because both numbers have “miles” does mean they are the same thing. If the range of the car changes without changing the weight of the car, the cost of the fuel doesn’t change (MPGe). MPGe and the range in miles are not directly connected in anyway. Though, they are connected by the weight of the battery but that is indirect. Anyone with half a brain should know the different between range and cost.

    245 MPGe = COST
    114-mile range = RANGE

  4. caeman October 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I find it disingenuous and mislread to have a ratings system that can give you a final greater than the actual distance the vehicle can travel.

    MPGe is very confusing and a buyer might be lead to believe they can actually drive this cool looking little car 245 miles, not 114. MPGe is a marketing gimic meant to hide the failings of current electric vehicles. It was would be far more meaningful and honest to simply state the max distance of the vehicle under two methods of driving: 1) stop’n'go city and 2) non-stop highway at actual highway speeds.

    At only 114 miles, you couldn’t drive this car from Columbus to Indianaopolis. You might barely make it to the state line before it goes dead.

    245 MPGe. This system had to be been created by marketers.

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