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Published on May 2nd, 2011 | by Tyler Massie

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Chevy Volt Getting An Average of 1,000 Miles Per Fillup

GM’s new Chevrolet Volt is posting some impressive statistics that consumers of our current $4-a-gallon gasoline climate might be interested in in hearing.

According to GM’s press release, Volt owners are going nearly a month between fill-ups. In mileage terms they were getting approximately 800 miles between fill-ups in the month of December, and that figure has risen to an average of about 1,000 miles in the month of March as owners learn how to maximize their EV efficiency.

“It’s become a game to achieve as many miles as I can in EV mode,” according to Volt owner Steve Wojtanek, from Boca Raton, Fla. “I have made it my goal to drive as efficiently as possible and I am seeing the results, with more than 3,417 miles under my belt – of which 2,225 are EV miles.” Wojtanek says he averages 122 miles per gallon.

Volt owner Gary Davis of Greenville, S.C. is eking out even more impressive efficiency statistics. “In my Volt I’ve driven 4,600 miles on 8.4 gallons of gas,” he says. “That’s an impressive 547 mpg that I am achieving with my Volt.”

Clearly Davis is using his Volt almost exclusively in EV mode, making short commutes during the day and charging at night. The Volt’s range in EV mode is a rather pedestrian 25-50 miles, with variations accounted for by terrain, weather, driver technique, and battery age. However, with 80% of U.S. drivers making daily commutes of 40 miles or less, the Volt’s EV range falls perfectly within what the average commuter is demanding from their vehicles.

Paired with a full tank of gas, the Volt’s total range extends to 379 miles, which should satisfy any long-range demands and quell what’s known in the biz as  “range anxiety”.

Clearly this is the next generation of hybrid technology. Volt owners are showing they can blow the Prius’ fuel-efficiency standards out of the water and save a fortune on fuel costs.

Stay tuned as I further examine the Volt in an upcoming post.

Source: General Motors

Official Release

Going Pump Free: Volt Owners Go 1,000 Miles Between Fill-Ups

Many owners are challenging themselves to see how long they can go gasoline-free

2011-04-21

DETROIT – Chevrolet Volt owners made fewer trips to the gas station in March, going an average of 30 days – or nearly a month – between fill-ups. In fact, some Volt owners say they are challenging themselves to see how fuel-efficient they can be by tracking how far and how long they can go without buying gasoline.

“Volt owners drove an average of 800 miles between fill-ups since the Volt launched in December, and in March they averaged 1,000 miles,” said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. “When the majority of miles driven are electrically, gas usage decreases significantly.”

“I am surprised how infrequently I go to the gas station. It’s become a game to achieve as many miles as I can in EV mode,” said Steve Wojtanek, a Volt buyer in Boca Raton, Fla. “I have made it my goal to drive as efficiently as possible and I am seeing the results, with more than 3,417 miles under my belt – of which 2,225 are EV miles.” A Volt owner since December, Wojtanek is averaging 122 miles per gallon and visiting the gas station about once a month.

“On April 11, I had to buy gas for the first time since filling up on Jan. 9,” said Volt owner Gary Davis of Greenville, S.C. “In my Volt I’ve driven 4,600 miles on 8.4 gallons of gas. That’s an impressive 547 mpg that I am achieving with my Volt.”

“Today in the U.S., 80 percent of drivers commute fewer than 40 miles a day, making the Chevy Volt a great daily driver,” said Landy. “We’re hearing from customers like Steve Wojtanek and Gary Davis, who are seeing great daily results.”

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability. On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles. Because the Volt can use gasoline to create its own electricity in extended-range mode, long trips are possible. Typical electric driving range is 25-50 miles depending on temperature, terrain, driving technique and battery age. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range until the vehicle can be recharged.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly to gas-free” solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com



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  • http://voltfansite.com VoltFanSite.com

    I am going on 1,800 miles sence my last fill up 8 weeks ago.

  • http://Web Tim Cleland

    “That’s an impressive 547 mpg that I am achieving with my Volt.”

    That’s extremely impressive for “just another hybrid” as many people
    were dismissively referring to the Volt as.

    I guess the 230 mpg that GM was claiming (and getting absolutely hammered in the media for) isn’t so hard to believe now. Even the 122 mpg figure is still far beyond the capabilities of a Prius or even the older style Honda Insight.

    • Daelar Slarmas

      Saying the volt gets 120 or 547 miles per gallon is a bit disingenuous. The fact of the matter is that the volt gets x miles per x joules of energy. Whether that energy comes from gas or electricity it is still using energy to get motion. I could get 1000 miles per gallon using the same logic if I filled my car up and pushed it 980 miles and then drove it 20 miles on a gallon of fuel. Did I get 1000 miles per gallon, or 20. I would claim that I got 20 and the car was moved by food energy the other 980 miles. The same goes for the volt. If someone charges it from an electrical socket, coal is being burned to generate the electricity and a bigger demand is being put on our grid. If you consider the extra weight of the batteries which have to be towed around I think it can be said that a gas car is probably more efficient in total energy used unless we start generating electricity with nuclear or massively expand renewable at a huge cost.

      • Tyler Massie

        You are right that the energy is coming from somewhere. Is getting that energy from coal ideal? No. But charging the car costs pennies on the dollar compared to gasoline, and that energy is produced domestically as opposed to being imported from Middle Eastern countries.

      • http://Web Marc P.

        I’m sorry but this is SUCH BS !!

        First, before you flame me, hear me out.

        1- Do you agree, yes or no that having a fleet of this type of car would be better, in the long run, that having the current fleet of gas guzling SUVs ?? (I’d say yes)

        2- For the average Joe, since he won’t see much of a spike in his electricity bill, in his mind, he WILL be getting the equivalent of 122 or 400 or what not MPG. He puts x number of gallons in, he went x number of miles, he got x number of MPG. Period. THAT is what will sell this type of car (not just the Volt, but others that will soon come) to the average Joe (Plumber or not !!) and THAT is what is needed to make any significant change, that is, getting the average consumer wanting to buy one of these, not just the green fanatics.

        3- Your type of post, while factually correct, misses the whole point. It’s as if you’re knocking this technology because it isn’t 100% perfect and these assertions aren’t 100% scientifically / technically correct. Maybe, but anything that gets the average Joe interested in greenER technology is GOOD period !

        Sorry if I seem a little harsh, but I think these types of posts are (consciously or not) looking to kill the momentum that is starting with these baby steps toward a greener world, just cuz they aren’t perfect.

        Imagine if Beethoven’s father would have slapped him at 2 years of age, because he didn’t get the 5th symphony right…

    • http://Web Diego Matter

      “That’s an impressive 547 mpg that I am achieving with my Volt.”

      – In terms of cost – great
      – In terms of National Security – great

      – In terms of CO2 emissions and global warming
      – when the electricity comes from coal – bad like any
      other car or even worse
      – when the electricity comes from renewables – great

      So it really depends how you look at it.
      The concept is good, because you CAN drive cleaner.

      Another thing is that people should have to drive less by better city planning.

      It’s dangerous to say that the Volt is THE solution, but it’s a start and points in the right direction.

      • http://Web Anthear

        Electric motors are far more efficient than gas-powered engines, so in the end even if the electricity is produced by coal you will still achieve a reduction in overall emissions. Of course, the numbers are much better if the electricity comes from renewable resources, which is where we ultimately want to end up.

      • http://www.thursopower.com Brian Edens

        Our company provided Gary Davis mentioned above the electric vehicle charging station that he plugs into at his offices. The cool thing is that we also integrated it with a solar PV system and sized it such that during a typical sunny day (which we have a lot of in South Carolina)that it will produce sufficient electricity to fully charge his vehicle.

  • http://Web Josh P

    This is the kind of story that the entire world needs to see! I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand the concept of the Volt’s drivetrain. You drive back and forth to work every day on $1.50 worth of electricity. If you go more than 40 miles it will use gasoline to pick up the range past that. You can even go across the country if you want just stop at gas stations and fill up like you already do and keep going! It’s the back and forth to work every day and plugging in at night while you sleep that really makes the Volt pay off.

  • http://Web Marie

    This is really amazing. It’s not all hype, because even Volt owners are saying what good mileage they are getting. I’d love to get one to cut down on my work commute costs. And thanks for this news; I was previously reading about the Volt at the Johnny Londoff Chevrolet blog and it’s really such an impressive car.

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    I’m glad I discovered your article. Your writing is so thought-provoking. I’m sure I will think about this content for a while. Really good content.

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  • http://Web JARSLC

    How does the cabin heating and defrost work in the cold and stormy weather of Michigan affect the battery and it’s range?

    • Tyler Massie

      Anything like that will put a drain on the battery. GM says 25 miles is the floor…so that would probably be someone who’s constantly running the heat/air, has a power-hungry music system and drives inefficiently, all during inclement weather.

      Not that there’s anything wrong with having a nice system or running the heat/air all the time. But sure, it does affect the range.

  • http://Web Mario

    The biiiiiiiiiigest difference is that during traffic time, gas gars keep spending gas, and electric cars not, os a least, much much less electricity…

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