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Published on December 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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First Chevy Volt Owner Averages 459 MPG

The Chevy Volt has received more than its fair share of criticism, but as sales continue to climb, more success stories from Volt owners seem to be coming out. Retired pilot Jeffrey Kaffee, the first person to buy a Chevy Volt outside of auction, has reportedly used just 26 gallons of gasoline in two years of owning his Volt. With more than 12,000 miles on the odometer, that works out to an average of 459 mpg.

While this pales in comparison to Jay Leno, who used just half a tank of gas to go the same distance, getting an average of 2,365 mpg, Kaffee’s accomplishment is further proof that the Volt can be as efficient as you want it to be. True, 12,000 miles in 2 years is about half the national average when it comes to annual driving, but Kaffee also had a Toyota Camry Hybrid and free flights (one of the perks of being a retired pilot) to compensate for longer trips. Kaffee also isn’t much of an outlier; the average Volt owner spends just $300 to drive 10,000 miles.

Kaffee’s frugal fuel use works out to an average of just over a gallon of gasoline used per month. Even with gas prices falling, I think we can all agree that using so little fuel isn’t just better for the planet; it is better for the wallet. As history marches forward, I think the Chevy Volt will be looked upon as a true game changer in the world of automobiles.

Haters gonna hate, but how can you hate a car that uses so little fuel to get you so far?

Source: GM


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  • hugo

    Well, I’m assuming that he had to charge the car using electricity. If that’s the case then this kind of numbers are completely meaningless because they only take into account the fuel (liquid fuel) used, not the entire energy input needed for those 2 years. It’s usefull if you want to compare it to a normal gasoline car but not to a hibrid or, worst, an eletric car.

    • Nixon

      Follow the link. The $300 per 10,000 mile average includes the cost of electricity.

      Gas is expensive, but you didn’t really think that 26 gallons of gas costs $300 bucks in the US, did you? That would be $11.50 per gallon!!

  • http://gravatar.com/garyt1963 Gary Tulie

    To make a sensible comparison you would need to compare cradle to grave emissions, and to do this, you would need to know the following

    1. Average distance per kWh running on electricity.

    2. Average emissions of grid electricity per kWh supplied (this varies from place to place, and is very low in Norway or Iceland which use almost 100% renewable energy and much higher in markets where coal predominates)

    3. Emissions per distance when running on gasoline.

    With this, you can form a reasonable comparison of emissions in use versus other vehicles.

    Having considered emissions in use, you would then have to take into account embodied emissions associated with the materials and manufacturing, delivery, servicing, and eventual recycling of the vehicle and divide this by average distance travelled during the life of the vehicle.

    Add the embodied emissions figure to the emissions in use for each vehicle compared and you have a fair assessment of the climate impact of one vehicle against another.

    Some early hybrids actually had higher emissions in some markets on this basis than many conventional vehicles, and even now, it is somewhat unclear how great if at all the emission advantages of a hybrid / electric vehicle are as compared to a conventional vehicle.

    What is more clear is the advantage in terms of clean air in congested urban environments about which there is little or no controversy.

    • Nixon

      Or just put up a couple of solar panels at home, and enjoy zero emissions driving while on electricity.

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