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The EPA gave the Volt a rating of 98 MPGe

General Motors (GM) was happy to announce that Chevrolet Volt owners have been reaching -- and even exceeding -- the EPA estimated electric range.

According to GM, typical Volt owners are traveling about 900 miles between trips to the gas station. The EPA gave the Volt a rating of 98 MPGe.

GM even found a few owners who reported seldom stops for gasoline during their time of Volt ownership. Brent Waldrep from Michigan, who has had his Volt for 21 months, has racked up over 23,500 miles and visited a gas station only twice. 

“The last time, was in August (2012), and I still have about 65 percent of that tank left," said Waldrep. "I go about 9,000-10,000 miles between fill ups.”

Other customers are seeing similar results. For instance, Larry Read from Texas has only filled his tank once in 5,000 miles. Paul Friday from California said he gets about 7,000 miles between gas fill-ups. 

“We’ve seen and heard from our Volt owners that they are achieving fantastic performance numbers with their vehicle as many are beating the EPA label estimates,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “Our Volt owners are showing the performance potential of driving electric, and having fun doing it.”  

GM even said Volt drivers are the most satisfied in the EV industry. 

The Volt had a good sales year in 2012, with over 20,000 sold. 

In fact, Chevrolet saw a low sales month for the Volt in November 2012 not because demand was low -- but rather, because demand was too high. It said there was low inventory for the Volt for that month because demand had been high in previous months.

The Nissan Leaf -- one of the Volt's competitors -- had to admit that it wasn’t going to hit its sales mark for 2012, which was 20,000 Leafs. Nissan only sold 9,819 Leafs for the whole year -- less than half of its goal, and only 1.5 percent higher than the number it sold in 2011.

However, Nissan is trying to pick that number up. It started Leaf production in the U.S. back in January. 

Source: General Motors

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I wonder
By spamreader1 on 4/4/2013 10:08:23 AM , Rating: 1
What kind of nasty that fuel is just sitting in the tank. I can't let fuel sit in my lawnmowers, tractor, etc. without the ethanol turning to varnish after 3-4 months clogging carbs and injectors without adding stabil.

Hope they're using fuel stabilizers in those.

RE: I wonder
By Jeffk464 on 4/4/2013 10:19:57 AM , Rating: 1
yeah, thats what I was thinking.

RE: I wonder
By random2 on 4/9/2013 4:23:04 AM , Rating: 3
Where are you guys buying your gas? Stop trying to get away with using that cheap farm gas. :-)

RE: I wonder
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 4/4/2013 10:50:52 AM , Rating: 5
The Volt will automatically burn off fuel if it goes too long without running the range extender. Also, the fuel system is pressurized, and when you push the gas cap release button it depressurizes before you can remove the cap.

I've got about 22k miles on mine, average MPG is 224. On electric, it uses an average of about 400Wh/mile, which at full retail costs me about 4.5 cents, though with public charging in my area it blends to about 2 cents per mile.

RE: I wonder
By lelias2k on 4/4/2013 3:38:52 PM , Rating: 1
Furthermore, the main reason GM recommends premium fuel is that it is supposed to last around a year in the tank.

But the vehicle will burn through it if it detects that it's been sitting there too long.

RE: I wonder
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 3:50:58 PM , Rating: 2
Never knew this. How does the burn through work? Does the engine turn itself on if it's been sitting for awhile?

RE: I wonder
By Reclaimer77 on 4/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder
By fic2 on 4/4/2013 4:08:13 PM , Rating: 1
Since exhaust fumes are already burned fuel I doubt they could cause anything to explode. CO poisoning is more likely.

RE: I wonder
By Reclaimer77 on 4/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder
By Souka on 4/5/2013 12:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
Meh... I drive about 500+ miles between fillups on my 2004 Prius.

Can the volt drive 600 miles all at once? or is it just lots of short trips, with plugin-charging inbetween?

If so, then I should be able to pour a quart of gas into my Prius as well between driving trips to simulate plugging in the car.


RE: I wonder
By NicodemusMM on 4/5/2013 10:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
The range is approx 400 miles per tank. Previously it was higher (650ish), but it seems the tank size has been reduced.

The Volt can be plugged in to charge, but it is not necessary.

RE: I wonder
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 4:16:26 PM , Rating: 2
lol I doubt it.
I didn't realize how that looked until I hit Post, of course. :)

RE: I wonder
By marvdmartian on 4/5/2013 7:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully it gives notice of doing this to the driver? Would sort of suck, doing a bunch of short trips, barely sipping at the gas in your tank....then BOOM! you're getting a low fuel tank warning light!

RE: I wonder
By BRB29 on 4/5/2013 12:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
what? just like every other car, it does show you fuel level.

RE: I wonder
By random2 on 4/9/2013 4:25:55 AM , Rating: 2
Gas gauges.....Supplied with new vehicles since 1992.

RE: I wonder
By dgingerich on 4/4/2013 11:20:15 AM , Rating: 5
lawnmowers and tractors don't usually have sealed fuel systems. there is a part that is open to the outside. Therefore, the volatile components, the part that burns best, evaporates off and you're left with what doesn't evaporate.

I had this happen to a bottle of scotch once. the cork dried out because I hadn't drank any in a long time, and the alcohol evaporated off, leaving behind a nasty, thick, wood tasting semi-liquid. It was a horrible travesty.

Most cars these days have a sealed fuel system, and some even pressurize it to reduce evaporation, due to federal emission mandates. That keeps the fuel from becoming the "varnish" you talk about. I'm sure most plug in hybrids would have a pressurized system because fuel would be left in their tanks for so long.

RE: I wonder
By Solandri on 4/4/2013 5:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the sealed tank is key. More details here.

RE: I wonder
By kmmatney on 4/4/2013 11:36:03 AM , Rating: 2
It can;'t be too bad. I've had my Craftsmen lawnmower for 18 years now, and never thought about it, so have always left fuel in the tank over Winter. Still running fine. I fill it with a 5 gallon tank that takes about 2-3 years to go through, so that fuel is sitting around a while...

RE: I wonder
By Manch on 4/4/2013 12:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
2-3 years to burn thru 5gallons with a lawnmower?!? How small is your yard? Or how slow does your grass grow, cuz I could use that in my yard! I'm mowing every damn week!

RE: I wonder
By BRB29 on 4/5/2013 12:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Even with almost 1 acre to burn and on a husqvarna riding lawn mower, I used 5 gallons every 2-3 weeks.

RE: I wonder
By Manch on 4/8/2013 12:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
exactly why I was wondering how big his yard is. 5 gallon over 2-3yrs?

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