Chevy Volt Owners Exceed 100 Million Electric Miles

By · December 06, 2012

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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.

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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.

Comments

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

Happy to do my part and love both our cars. Our home owns a Nissan LEAF and a GM VOLT. I have saved aproxx 600 gallons of fuel since March having these two cars. The gas savings alone pays the payments!

BTW I offset both the cars with our electric grid tied solar array.

Thanks, Jim

· · 1 year ago

7500 of those miles are by my wife. 550 mpg and increasing. She is really happy with it except the occasional 5th seat need.

· Francois B (not verified) · 1 year ago

My wife bought a Volt, and i fell in love with the car, so i bought another
one for me!
With two Volts and a rather short commute, we do about 95% of our
commutes on electric energy only. In Quebec, this is the place where
gas is the most expensive in North America ($5,30 per US gallon)
and electricity the least expensive ($0,0778 per kWh) the Volts
pays for themselves just with the saved fuel costs.

For the fun of it, I also invested in a 2,3kW grid tied PV solar system
That supplies electricity for one Volt. We will double that next year,
and will be able to run on free energy.

The plugin cars are an economical, fuel severance solution
for personnal transpotation!
We love our Volts!

Francois & Line
B2653 & C19249
2.3kW solar grid tied

· Tom Mac (not verified) · 1 year ago

I echo what the other say about the Volt.

The only disappointing thing about the Volt is taking a long car ride and burning gas.I hate to see the MPG drop

Instead of "range anxiety" I have "gas anxiety"

Tom

· Tinapolis (not verified) · 1 year ago

18,400 of those miles are mine. I'm happy to do my part in weening the country off its oil habit. You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. I choose the latter. Bonus, the Volt is a great driving car. Solid, quick, and library quiet. After paying for the car's electricity, I saved $2000 last year on gas. When my second car is replaced, it will be with a Volt or other electric.

· · 1 year ago

This just goes to show 92% of we Volt owners Love our cars. The other 8% say the car is "GOOD".

That has never happened with any other mass-produced motorized vehicle EVER! That's per CEO
Ackerson, and I have no reason to doubt him.

· Jay (not verified) · 1 year ago

Well, I would like to see volt in 5:50:50 manner. That is 5 Seater, 50 Electric Miles Range (EPA) and 50 MPG.

· Herald (not verified) · 1 year ago

@Tom Mac,
I like your concept of “gas anxiety”. To me it would be a mixture of seeing my bank account going down, the carbon dioxide in the air going up, the cash increasing at the bad guys receiving end, the next oil war perspective increasing and the present brick house that I‘ll have to do over again in the form of an aerodynamic concrete halfdome to be able to resist the 200 mph wind of the next global warming turbocharged megastorm. And I am lucky to be spared of the additional sea level rise anxiety, since I builded at a 300 feet altitude (max increase in 1000 years is 200).

On the Volt, it is a great car and I would likely own one if it wasn’t for the lack of the full size 3 persons backseat.

· · 1 year ago

@Jay,
Would you be willing to go with a 5:50:50:50 where the last 50 is $50K price tag?
Unfortunately, that loss of a middle seat is part of the price you pay to carry that archaic ICE along with the electric motor. It is hard to fit the ICE and all of its associated baggage along with a large battery that is required for an EV (see http://www.plugincars.com/ford-plug-ins-force-choice-between-electric-dr...).
I think GM could get toward 50 mpg on gasoline with a more aerodynamic body, a more efficient ICE (Atkinson cycle like the Prius and Fords please).
The longer range and middle seat, unfortunately seem to be mutually exclusive requests until smaller batteries or ones with more cycle life come around. My experience says don't wait for technology breakthroughs, live with today's technology but invest in making it better.

· Modern Marvel Fan (not verified) · 1 year ago

"I think GM could get toward 50 mpg on gasoline with a more aerodynamic body, a more efficient ICE (Atkinson cycle like the Prius and Fords please). The longer range and middle seat, unfortunately seem to be mutually exclusive requests until smaller batteries or ones with more cycle life come around. My experience says don't wait for technology breakthroughs, live with today's technology but invest in making it better."

Actually it is pretty obvious that some engineering trade offs are made between those 3 models.

Longer EV ranges (today's technology) will require sacrifice in cost and weight. Weight will reduce efficiency (Tesla S is worse in miles/KWh than Leaf, Volt, i-Miev...etc)

Gas engine is the ONLY (cheap) way that we can get around range issue today. We all heard that Lyle traded in his Volt for a C-Max Energi. Well, most people missed the point why he suddenly need that 5th seat. It is BECAUSE HIS WIFE BOUGHT A LEAF. That clearly shows the limitation of the BEV.

Performance. Volt is the ONLY plugin car that can deliver the top performance like BEV cars without any gas input. That is why Volt's battery is larger and its motor is larger as well. That will add cost.

Atkinston cycle engine is a 120 yr old technology. It was fitting for auto use until the hybrid age due to electric motor compensate for lack of power/torque of Atkiinson cycle engine at low RPM. Prius Plugin still examplify that problem, even with MUCH LOWER weight than Volt or C-Max energi.

We all know how C-Max Energi have sacrified its MPG for its weight and better performance. Consumer Report did a good "knocking" on it as well. It just fell short in real life.

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2012/12/video-tests-show-2013-ford-...

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