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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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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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