Here's a fun bit of trivia: Jay Leno has driven his Chevrolet Volt nearly 11,000 miles and doesn't have a single gas station receipt to show for it. According to The New York Times Wheels blog, Leno has had his plug-in for 11 months and, as he told them, "I've never had to put gas in it yet... They gave it to me with a full tank of gas. I've used less than half of that."

Given that Leno has an entire fleet of gas-swilling rides in his garage, he can just take the Volt out whenever he knows he can get to Point B and back without refueling. You have to be kind of careful to put 11,000 miles on a Volt without ever going more than 40 miles (plus or minus) at a stretch. Luckily, Leno said his commute is less than 35 miles a day, and so he uses the Volt as his daily driver. He then makes a fairly good joke at the expense of General Motors, which you can read here.


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      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt has not gotten the respect it deserves for it's level of tech. I'm not a GM fanboy at all but I have to say if the Volt tech was in a Prius body, it would be selling like crazy. I really think this car is handicapped by the fact that it's a Chevy and that people don't get what it actually does.
        mikeybyte1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex740
        My sister bought a new Chevy Malibu last year and has put over 20k on it in less than a year. She has had zero problems with it and loves it. I think the domestics have turned a corner and it's only a matter of time before people start to give them a chance. But the Volt is also hampered by it's price. I think Gen 2, whenever that may be, will be a big leap in many areas. For those of you interested in the Volt, I would recommend a lease.
      Sorten Borten
      • 3 Years Ago
      "You have to be kind of careful to put 11,000 miles on a Volt without ever going more than 40 miles (plus or minus) at a stretch" Or you just have to be the average American, who only drives 29 miles per day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
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          Mark Sumner
          • 3 Years Ago
          My commute is almost all interstate, with a speed limit of 70 and an actual speed more like 80 most of the way. Weirdly enough, I get pretty well the same number of EV miles on that route than I do puttering around at lower speeds on weekends. Doesn't match expectations, I know, but that's the way it's working out. Heck, I did 30 miles at 70+mph the other day and had 17 miles remaining on the battery gauge.
      Chris Mousseau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take a test drive and explain your thoughts. If you don't like it let GM know, the crew the develops this car are young and is more than willing to hear your concerns to make it better. I thought the most amazing part was when the car transitioned from electric mode to gas mode. It was seamless. I recommend everyone to try this car out, or any new GM product and compare them. Everyone has their preferences, but you would be shocked what has changed in 5 years ago in GM products.
        Karl T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Mousseau
        1) There is no 'electric mode' and 'gas mode'. 2) There is no reason it wouldn't be seamless; the gasoline engine does NOTHING but charge the batteries that power the electric motor that drives the wheels. 3) If you didn't know 1 & 2, I certainly wouldn't lend any weight to the rest of your comments.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Karl T
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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is a pretty excellent solution for commuters with range anxiety who want to move towards getting an EV.
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      this rich pig is too cheap to spend the money on gas. probably has an extension cord running to his neighbors house.
        blue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Wow! Didn't you read the article? ~~"Leno’s expansive garage is in Burbank, and every car is maintained with a full tank of gas, current registration and valid insurance, so he can select any one of them for a drive"~~ And isn't the reason of buying an electric car/hybrid car is to have an alternative to gas??
          SloopJohnB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @blue
          Even if every car (and there are 100's of them) is maintained with a full tank of gas he still have the gas stability problem. Whoever is doing the maintenance has to recycle the gasoline in all the tanks or use a gasoline stabilizer. Insurance is not a big deal...could have a blanket policy covering all the cars. Individually registering them and keeping them up to date is probably more complicated unless a large number of them are historical license in which case there is no renewal.
        cdot1987
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Must be jeolous or something wrong with you. He's got millions in exotic and collector cars in his possession.
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        Julius
        • 3 Years Ago
        Of course one could argue that it's better that a Pennsylvania coal miner gets the money for powering his car rather than some Saudi prince...
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good God, you're right! Quick, stop using that harmful electricity and turn off your computer at once!
        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        An EV powered by 100% coal fired electricity is still 70% cleaner than the average ICE car. Now get back to that flat earth society meeting at GOP headquarters.
          Jay Jay Deng
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          Ummm no its not. If you actually did your homework you would know that the lithium-ion batteries which power these cars are produced using very energy intensive methods not to mention that these batteries need to be replaced eventually AND those batteries need to be recycled; as in other words, more pollution. Now get back to that Al Gore left wing hippy fest you were just at. http://news.discovery.com/tech/do-electric-vehicles-pollute.html http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/electric-cars-may-not-be-so-green-after-all-says-british-study/story-e6frg8y6-1226073103576
      Evan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it'll be two years before it gets refilled with fresh gas? His Volt will soon be EV only since I doubt the ICE runs well on varnish.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan
        Evan, you're utterly and completely misinformed. The Volt periodically cycles the gasoline engine on and off if you run on electricity for long periods of time specifically so the gasoline doesn't sit and go bad. The computers monitor everything so that even if you run exclusively on electricity at least 1 full tank of gas will get burned a year. The engineers thought of this issue well in advance just so some dullard on the Internet with a hamburger icon next to his name would be proven wrong.
          Evan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob
          In the article, Leno says he got the car with a full tank and in eleven months has used less than half so explain how at least 1 full tank gets burned in a year especially if he decides to drive one of his other toys the last month.
          mrpinto
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bob
          Evan, I'm pretty sure the explanation is that you're right and the engineers at GM have no idea what they're doing. I award you one internet gold star.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan
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      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      If he had a real EV he could make the whole round trip without using gas. Plus, he wouldn't have a gas tank or tailpipe.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        Who says the LEAF doesn't use gas? It uses gas every time you call a tow truck.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
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      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW, Jay Leno is really pushing GM products, between stuff that is put on here and what is put on the Velocity TV channel I am thinking he is getting some really big checks for pushing there products. And how come almost any picture I see of him with a car he is wearing the same denim?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
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        ss1591
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Or he really likes what GM is offering and unlike most Americans he would like to see them do well for American workers,
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well this kind of puts Nissan's rather insulting commercial to bed, doesn't it.
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        Chris Mousseau
        • 3 Years Ago
        EREV Extended Range Electric Vehicle. So its not just a hybrid, nor is it an electric vehicle. It has multiple modes for multiple conditions. Planetary gears are amazing for this.
        ss1591
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is only a hybrid when it is at top speed because the mechanical direct link is more efficient then the battery recharge at that discharge rate. I give them credit for getting around that problem, the only other fixes were a higher fixed storage amount larger batteries or a higher RPM to recharge the batteries resulting in lower MPG. In the future they will have to have a higher voltage system from the start to overcome this. Toyota Hybrids have moved up from the first ones to increase efficiencies.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ss1591
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah! We all will do that. Buy a 40k to drive 35mi to work. Jay is an ass. Add up the savings here people. He wouldn't have used much gas has to begin with! He'd never get his money out of the volt. It's resale is dropping too fast. Gas would have been like $1200, but we don't know his electricity costs. Basically he saved under 300 gallons of gas. Woopie, but spent 35k on a car and WE gave him 8k in tax credits. Next time buy a Hyundai for 15k Jay and get 40mpg and pay your taxes!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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