I always tried to think of getting better gas mileage as a sort of game, with my mpg’s representing the score like an old school arcade game. But I am nowhere near the top of the heap, as one Chevy Volt owner managed to go 1,554.1 miles on a half-gallon of gasoline. That works out to about 3,108 mpg.
The brief video below shows Andy Oury, who is one of GM’s Battery Systems Engineer, reading off some statistics from his Volt driving experience thus far. The maintenance screen is part of a regularly-scheduled engine autostart, which makes the Volt turn on its engine, even if it doesn’t need to recharge the battery, as a way to keep everything functioning properly. Oury leases, rather than owns, his Chevy Volt.
The most important statistic on this screen is how far Oury went on just 0.5 gallons of gas. 1,554.1 miles. Double that, and you’ve got 3,108 mpg. That means that Oury was in EV mode about 99% of the time, and probably had access to a plug-in charger at work (or else he lives really, really close to his office.) Now granted, Oury is a battery engineer, so he probably knows how to get the most out of his Volt’s battery life, so there is that too.
Be that as it may, even Volt haters have to acknowledge that this is an impressive feat for any car. For now, Andy Oury has the top mpg score of anybody I know, beating even the kids getting 2,000+ mpg out of their wacky racers. I’d suggest making a hypermiling video game…but I’m not sure kids are ready to compete for the best fuel efficiency scores. But the bar has been set. Now, can anybody beat it?
Source: Chevy Voltage
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.