It almost seems like a cosmic joke against these greenwits, but a new report seems to show that the Chevy Volt doesn’t get any better mileage than an electric car that was invented in 1896!

The Roberts electric car, circa 1896, got a “solid 40 miles to the charge” when it debuted years before the Wrights Brothers even took their first flight. Amusingly, its the exact same number of miles that the Chevy Volt gets today.

As the Daily Caller notes, the Volt was thought to be a great invention — so said GM CEO Dan Akerson. The Volt was, “not a step forward, but a leap forward,” he excitedly proclaimed.

Yet it gets the same mileage as a one-of-a-kind car built in 1896? Seriously?

To be fair, the Volt’s battery pack powers a whole set of other things — radios, GPS systems, power steering, and the like — while the Roberts electric car only powered its propulsion, but still this little story shows the limitations of battery power, really.

Electric powered cars just seem to have no practicality even after 115 years of general technological improvements. Clearly the Chevy Volt is a nicer vehicle than the open-air Roberts car, but that it cannot get any better mileage is telling.

I mean, it just isn’t good to see after 115 years that electric cars are essentially no better in the one metric that really means something than they’ve ever been!