Fuel Economy Pong - 2011 Chevrolet Volt Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt: Fuel Economy Pong

June 09, 2011

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There's a lot going on with the main meters directly in front of the driver in our long-term 2011 Chevy Volt. When I first drove this thing, I'll admit I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the info.

Let's focus on the far right of the display. There's a fancy spinning green ping pong ball that you're supposed to keep vertically centered in attempt to coach you into some smooth driving. If you accelerate, the ball goes up. Brake, and it drops: the harder, the farther.

I must say it got my attention and is a lot simpler to understand than growing shrubs.

It also reminds me of one of those lung capacity tests with a ping pong ball in a bong-like tube. (Which I actually sampled during a recent physical check. Good times.)

Hit the jump for fuel economy pong in action. (Sorry for the quality of the video -- I was busy driving.)

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 6,400 miles

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