Chevy Volt Owners Exceed 100 Million Electric Miles
After years of hype and build-up, General Motors finally started selling the Chevy Volt in December 2010, almost exactly two years ago. Now, with two years of real-world data on usage, General Motors has a relatively accurate gauge on how often Volt owners drive using electricity as its sole fuel: 62 to 65 percent. That means Chevy Volt owners have cumulatively driven in excess of 100 million miles without using gasoline.
As General Motors states: "The 5 million gallons of gas saved is equivalent to $21 million in gasoline costs averted overall based on $4 per gallon of premium, or more than two supertankers of gas." But the typical Volt owner probably doesn't calculate savings in terms of supertankers. Rather, as GM points out, the average Volt owner saves nearly $1,370 per year in fuel costs.
G.M. presents fuels savings in this simplified way so that potential plug-in vehicles buyers can see the immediate financial benefits. As the company asserts, the typical Volt owner saves enough in fuel costs per year to wash their vehicle 228 times at $6 per wash, or to spend $151 on groceries for nine weeks.
General Motors, in an attempt to distance the the company from the hybrid market, has long asserted that the Chevy Volt is absolutely an electric car—but with a range-extending system. In other words, electricity alone used to power the wheels. With the newly released data, we can say that for about 35 percent of driving, the Volt uses a gas engine—even if only in a support role to sustain the charge of its batteries.
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