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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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Loving the Volt
By Windogg on 4/4/2013 2:44:19 PM , Rating: 3
I can go anywhere between 1,000 - 2,500 miles between fill ups. Even then I only put keep about 4 gallons in the tank. Why haul around fuel that is rarely used? Makes for some interesting trips to the gas station. I have forgotten which side the gas filler was located. One work colleague had to call Onstar to ask how to open the gas tank door on his first gas station visit 9 months after purchasing the Volt. Another colleague instinctively tried to gas up using the charge port.

My commute is about 35 miles per day roundtrip and I get between 40 - 45 miles per charge depending on weather. Between topping off at home, work, and public EV charging stations, my electric bill has gone up about $15 - $20 per month. Also taking advantage of various perks like free parking in certain cities and HOV lane access. I put a value on my personal time. The extra $4K spent on the Volt as opposed to a similar Cruze Eco has been more than made up in less than a year.

Smug? Yes. Many EV owners I've talked to are because we know we are onto a good thing.

RE: Loving the Volt
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 3:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
Smug? Yes. Many EV owners I've talked to are because we know we are onto a good thing.
You could've left this part out and I would've taken this an informative post but, no, you had to be an a$$hole SO now I can't tell if this post is BS or not. Thanks.

RE: Loving the Volt
By Kazinji on 4/5/2013 5:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
Funny stuff. Less gas is less weight. Better use of the electric part :D

RE: Loving the Volt
By anactoraaron on 4/5/2013 1:44:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but only short people can actually sit in those damn things. I sat in one at the dealer and there was no headroom for me (I'm 6'2"). I can't buy a car just for MPG alone, I need to be able to be comfortable in it.

I ended up buying a Cruse 1LT with the convenience package and some options just recently and also got $3000 in rebates and incentives. Final price was $17k soo...
The extra $4K spent on the Volt as opposed to a similar Cruze Eco has been more than made up in less than a year.

Yeah I call complete BS on that. The Volt after the 7500 credit is $32k for the base model and the base model for the Cruze ECO is $21k. I don't know what you call 'similar' so I'll leave that one alone. The Cruze ECO has an estimated $1400 in fuel costs per year so I highly doubt anyone driving a Volt can recoup the extra money spent (on the car and in fuel) in a year. I'm not saying you can't eventually recoup those costs, but you surely can't in a year.

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