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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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By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 4/4/2013 5:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
My Volt requires about 200kWh from my home for a month's commuting and travel on average, and I get another "free" 200kWh or so from public charging (6mo unlimited for $25). At 11 cents per kWh all in, that's a bit more than $20/mo additional for 500mi of travel. That comes to about 4 cents per mile when charging at home, and 8/10 of a cent per mile when charging publicly. When on gas it runs about 12-14 cents per mile, and for all of 2012 I spent $311 for gasoline for both the car and a motorcycle.


By Spuke on 4/4/2013 6:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
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My Volt requires about 200kWh from my home for a month's commuting and travel on average
Oh yeah, that would definitely put me in another tier here in CA.

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and I get another "free" 200kWh or so from public charging
So, your Volt needs 400kWh per month for charging? That's a LOT if true. Can you clarify this?


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