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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 should hope so
By cyberguyz on 4/4/2013 10:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
I mean it is a plug-in hybrid. It should be using almost no gas at all if you are driving mostly on battery.

It all depends on how long you are driving on battery compared to gas power. You drive more on gas, you are going to use more. If you never charge the thing, your mileage really will be pitiful.

RE: I should hope so
By Jeffk464 on 4/4/2013 10:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
The average person drives less than 40 miles a day, thats why GM's goal was 40miles on a charge.

RE: I should hope so
By dgingerich on 4/4/2013 11:21:46 AM , Rating: 2
I typically drive less than 20. I'd love to be able to get a plug in hybrid like this, but I live in a 3rd floor apartment. I doubt they'd let me run an extension cord down to my car.

RE: I should hope so
By Manch on 4/4/2013 4:18:52 PM , Rating: 3
RE: I should hope so
By Kazinji on 4/5/2013 5:43:08 AM , Rating: 2
HAHAHA, really doubt that can handle 20 amps of 110, or 40 amps of 220.

RE: I should hope so
By random2 on 4/9/2013 4:30:15 AM , Rating: 2
Warning: Even though these microwaves are about as harmful as the leakage from an ordinary microwave oven (not much), do not put computers, televisions, other sensitive electrical equipment, food, liquids, paper, glass, flammable substances, magnets, or living things in between the base and satellite units. Just in case.

Hahahaha. Too funny.

RE: I should hope so
By daboom06 on 4/4/2013 10:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
i don't think it would be worse than other hybrids.

RE: I should hope so
By cyberguyz on 4/4/2013 11:20:33 AM , Rating: 2

It's really a no-brainer: If you use the gas engine more, you will burn more gas. The amount of gas you use i gas-only mode will depend on how big that engine is and how much of your foot you need to put into it.

I would love to see how diesel-electric technology would work in the automotive world.

RE: I should hope so
By RU482 on 4/4/2013 1:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone know how well diesel keeps for extended periods?

RE: I should hope so
By NicodemusMM on 4/5/2013 10:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure, but my furnace has no problem burning stuff that's been sitting there for 8+ months.

RE: I should hope so
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:18:59 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine if your hybrid is garaged on a regular basis, fuel sitting in a tank for a long time isn't too much of an issue.

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