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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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Safety First!
By Newspapercrane on 4/4/2013 10:12:08 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if I'd trust my electric car that close to the pool...

RE: Safety First!
By max_payne on 4/4/2013 10:49:46 AM , Rating: 2
You are right. The picture is ludicrous. Why would you park your car that close. The car is ready to roll over the chicks in the pool. I hope it does. Btw as usual, only nice looking girls buy that car.

RE: Safety First!
By kattanna on 4/4/2013 11:08:30 AM , Rating: 4
wait.. there is a car in that pic


RE: Safety First!
By gmyx on 4/4/2013 12:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
The picture is not sourced, so I can't get a better image. It looks to me like the car is ON the pool on some kind of platform or powerful floating object. Looking behind it you see other floating objects.

RE: Safety First!
By GeneralJohnson on 4/4/2013 2:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
yay for Google image search.

there is a much higher res photo for you

RE: Safety First!
By Jedi2155 on 4/4/2013 4:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
More info here:

I love the VoltChella plate. A popular concert gathering in the SoCal area.

RE: Safety First!
By GotThumbs on 4/4/2013 2:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
I guess the marketing guys though a "fun" car would want to join in the fun.

Sometimes, I have to question the effort/intelligence some marketing people put in/have.

"Hey, lets put the car in the pool on a float...with the sexy girls"

Yep, that going to get the guys to buy this car.


Best wishes to the Volt Owners,

RE: Safety First!
By NicodemusMM on 4/5/2013 10:37:38 PM , Rating: 2
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