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
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
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.
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