That's one small step for man, and one less really big barge full of fuel for mankind.

That's basically what General Motors' Chevrolet division is saying in its latest effort to pitch the Volt extended-range plug-in as a way for prospective drivers to save both money and the earth.

Chevrolet estimates that Volt drivers have saved more than 2.1 million gallons of gas – or one supertanker – by driving their vehicles in electric mode. Since the model launched in late 2010, Volt drivers, who, on average, use electricity 60 percent of the time and fuel from the car's on-board generator the rest of the time, have put on 40 million electric-only miles on the car, saving a combined $8 million in unused gasoline the process.

While the Volt fell about 2,300 units short of Chevy's goal to sell 10,000 units last year, 2012 sales through April tripled from a year earlier to 5,377 units. We anxiously await Nissan's own claim on how many fleets worth of gas its Leaf drivers have saved...
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Chevrolet Volt Saves Supertanker of Gas
More than 40 million electrically powered miles driven
2012-05-17

DETROIT– Chevrolet Volt owners collectively have saved a supertanker of gasoline since the electric car with extended range went on sale, compiling 40 million miles on electricity and avoiding the use of more than 2.1 million gallons of gasoline.

"With each click of the odometer, Chevrolet Volt owners are measuring their contribution to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and to preserving the environment," said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. "Volt owners are also saving at the fuel pump with more than $8 million in combined savings."

Chevrolet recently introduced a rolling ticker on its website that showcases real-time daily driving statistics for Volt owners based on OnStar data. Results in total number of miles driven, electric miles driven and gallons of gas saved are viewable. As of today:

40 Million Total Electric Miles (EV) driven equivalent to:

16,373 trips across the United States (2,443 miles from New York to Los Angeles)
1,606 trips around the Earth (24,901 miles each)
167 trips to the Moon (238,657 miles each)
2,130,000 Gallons of Gas Saved equivalent to:

50,714 barrels of gas saved (42 gallons of gas per barrel)
$8,000,000 saved at the gas pump (based on $3.80/gallon of gas)
387 U.S. semi-truck tankers of gas saved (5,500 gallons of gas each)
One supertanker of gas saved (2 million gallons of gas)
"Our Volt owners are driving the vehicle exactly as the car was designed," Landy said. "Sixty percent of the time our owners are driving electric, but the extended range is providing additional miles when they need it. This shows that you don't have to change your daily driving habits to drive the Volt."

The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank. Typically Volt owners drive an average of 900 miles between fill ups at the gas station.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      george costanza
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't agree with the bailout. I have seen many more volts even here in my semi rural area lately and they are pretty stylish and people seem happy with them. They are about where prius was five yrs ago re: market saturation. It will ramp up. Competition is good. Good luck to all electric car makers. I need to see some more local Leafs if my dealer starts actually carrying it. GM dealers are typically republican so republicans should be cheering, as well.
      methos1999
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jon, I hate to agree with DF, but in this case I believe you made a math error and he didn't. 2,100,000 gal x 6 lb/gal = 12,600,000 lbs 12,600,000 lbs x (1 kiloton/2,000,000 lbs) = 6.30 kilotons
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad Math fudging and marketing departments. In addition to the bad calculations on what a supertanker of gas is, they are also comparing to a car that gets 19MPG. There are over a Million Prius running on US roads. Last year they would have saved (vs 19 MPG gas car) aprox: 360 million gallons of gas, or 180 "GM supertankers" of gas saved by the Prius last year alone. Efficiency saves gas too.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        Your numbers are wrong: 1 supertanker holds 172 million gallons of oil. According to your math on the Prius (360m gallons saved per year), that amounts to 2 NOT 172 supertankers!
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Okay, you're excused. For now.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          I typed "GM supertankers" for a reason. I am using GM faulty math. Whatever size of Supertanker GM used in it's calculation, that is what I am using as well.
        Vlad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        That would be a pretty nice commercial. A line of supertankers stretching to the horizon...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love pr fluff press releases. They make the best articles!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I bet they crunched the numbers to find out how much the Nissan Leaf saved.. also how much riding a bicycle or taking public transport saved... Oh wait, that would be informational and not promotional :)
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        2 million gallons is a good start.
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM is such a false prophet. Why so many years between the EV1 and the Volt? Why does a 10yr old Honda Insight get 20mpg more than a new one? When will we get spoken to and not pandered to like a planet full of fools?
        Smith Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        The first generation Honda Insight was two seater. The first generation Honda Insight was cancelled due to slow sales. It's not Honda's fault they did not sell it's OUR fault, the consumers, for not buying them. Stop complaining unless YOU are one of the few people who purchased a first gen Insight. If you are an owner of a first gen Insight then kudos to you. If not then STFU!
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          Yes! Thou shall not speak in disagreement! Why ask questions, or complain! Why ask why GM waited so long? Why ask why cars are bloated behemoths? Why ask for the straight talk opposed to pandering? Humble is guilty of though crime! Oddly, a -11, yet, he is asking the same questions many have asked in this room before. How many people have not complained about the slow pace of EV's and hybrids? Ho many have not complained about the bloating of cars? And let's not get started on Honda... Maybe it was him criticizing GM? Since the bail out, that is no longer done. People scream, 'blasphemy!' and the start the pile of stick to burn at the stake, as heresy shall not be tolerated!
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        Does whining help anything?
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Forget a press release, GM needs to put this in an ad! Although 9/11 is nearly 11 years removed from people's memory there are still people that aren't greenies but would love to stick it to the Middle East. Simply show how much gas Volt drivers HAVEN'T bought from the Saudis and watch sales increase even more. :-)
      Kenneth E
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was just wondering, I read that the Chevy spark will have the new saw standard, and I think the volt has the chademo , so would they switch the volt? Ionno
        Naturenut99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kenneth E
        Plus, there is no indication that they will let the Volt charge at L3/DC any time soon. Small(ish) pack with range extender "doesnt need fast charging". Plus with smaller packs it could hurt the battery more than on a bigger battery. With the Spark EV, they have a slightly bigger pack and a need to be able to charge faster since it's a BEV only (no range extender).
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kenneth E
        The Leaf is not the only ChadeMo car in the USA. The Mitsubishi-i is also has ChadeMo. That said, the Leaf is effectively the only ChadeMo car since they've only sold less than a 100 Mitsubishi-i cars so far.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kenneth E
        Volt doesn't support DC charging (CHAdeMO) . The ojnly CHAdeMO car in the US is the LEAF.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      lbs is not kilo. you overlooked a factor. and I'd hope there is more than 20% efficiency in distillation. it would be dishonest to ignore other products from crude like diesel.
      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Volt, and I encourage people to buy it, but GM should be careful about superlative bombast. The Volt is a great car that outperforms all hybrids on the road for gasoline savings per vehicle, BUT if sales volume is taken into consideration, the humble Prius has saved many more supertankers of fuel. Assuming 1,000,000 total registrations, 12,000 miles per annum, and 50mpg per Prius, Toyota saves roughly 360M gallons of gasoline or 172 Supertankers per year. Prius doesn't plug in to any coal powerplants, either. Does GM really want to give Toyota an opportunity to appear 172 times more productive than GM? I'm a bit surprised GM approved this release. They invite an embarrassing comparison. They should have confined the quantity, like "this quiet town with 1,000 Volt owners saves a supertanker of fuel every 2 years". Then show American flags, and block parties, multicultural school districts with kids being dropped off, neighbors helping neighbors, etc. The feel-good Normal Rockwell mushiness that we all fall for. The Prius can't match stats when the quantity of vehicles is restricted.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        Your numbers are wrong: 1 supertanker holds 172 million gallons of oil. According to your math on the Prius (360m gallons saved per year), that amounts to 2 NOT 172 supertankers!
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Funny, that's the same type of error that the ad contains, confusing units in converting to "supertankers".
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        If all those Prius buyers bought a Volt, they'd be saving even MORE gasoline. And those coal plants? Well that is 100% domestic fuel. BTW, Coal powered only 36% of the grid recently. Oh, and the the Volt built in the USA. Buying a Volt wins by a long shot if you want to talk about helping the USA.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylexicon
        @ mylexicon A good post. The Prius and the Volt both save fuel. The volt is newer, and hasn't the numbers on the road yet that the pioneering Prius has, but given time all vehicles with EV technology with deliver real saving to oil consumption.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.3 million Motorist gave up driving in the UK because owning a car has become to expensive to own. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011340/1-3million-driven-road-cost-petrol-passes-1-700-year.html An extra 1.3 million Brits have started cycling joining 13 million other zero emission UK cyclists last year, and a lot have become fitter less obese for it, and saving a whole Saudi Oil field of oil, not a just little tanker full of oil. http://theamazing39stonecyclist.wordpress.com/tag/mark-cavendish/ Not worth upgrading to a more expensive new fuel efficient car all the Government do is put the fuel taxes up in the UK to offset the loss of taxes not collected on a more fuel efficient car, they are talking about 50% increase in fuel taxes if we buy the expensive Chevy Volt so why bother? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-2144601/Fuel-duty-rise-50-2029-tax-shortfall.h Sad to say not to many Brits can afford expensive Chevy Volts these days its way out of the Avergage Joes income. Other than bankers with big bonuses, high paid local public sector government bosses who do earn enough but don't give two hoots about the environment, they prefer to drive status symbols like a BMW or Mercs that are almost the same price as an expensive Volt.
        krona2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Affordable pure electrics are coming but it maybe 10 years before highly efficient cars are very affordable. Of course the economic situation could detoriate even further in the meantime so maybe the decline in car ownership will continue anyway.
        spacycake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        The same happens in Germany. Oil consumption has dropped in 2011 to its lowest level since the early 1990s. Recently the CEO of BP Germany said the reason for selling 6% less petrol in 2011 than in 2010 was that people drove less and used more fuel efficient cars. And he added that these trends gained momentum. By the way - the German economy grew at a rate of 3 per cent in 2011.
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      This obviously came from the PR department of GM, not the engineering department. Supertankers carry 2,000,000 barrels of oil, not gallons. So they were off by about 42, approximately. Nice try, though. Wiki has this to say: _ "Supertanker" is an informal term used to describe the largest tankers. Today it is applied to very-large crude carriers (VLCC) and ULCCs with capacity over 250,000 DWT. These ships can transport 2,000,000 barrels (320,000 m3) of oil/318 000 metric tons. _
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Trying to remember my university classes, I was going to say, "they were off by about a factor of 42". Would that have been the proper usage of the term?
        Mark Schaffer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Ziv, You do know that only a portion of a barrel of oil is made into gasoline right?
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mark Schaffer
          Yes, hence the 'approximately'. I have seen numbers even higher than SVX mentioned, but only if you count diesel. Anyway, I don't know the exact percentage for US oil to gasoline production, so I fudged it by using approximately.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mark Schaffer
          The amount of gasoline from crude varies by source, running anywhere from a low of 5% up to 70%. Most likely, someone in marketing got excited over the "2 million gallon" estimate, and here we are.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Supertankers carry crude and only some of that is made into gasoline. It is also made into jet fuel, asphalt, bunker fuel, diesel, heating oil, plastic, pesticides, etc. But, they are being a bit misleading . . . . . That said, people need to buy more Volts so we really are saving a super-tanker of gas . . . every month.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        It is still a step in the right direction. Had the right wing pundits not defamed the car, and if GM would have made a lot more (including a small pickup truck version of the Volt), we might be getting closer to getting the super tanker worth of savings. Also, it isn't just the oil that is in the super tanker, it takes a lot of oil to drill, refine, transport, etc...
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously they save a lot of gasoline and oil and they( big oil) made less money but the volt represent just .0001 % of all the things that consume petrol. But it is a trend that can grow, also it show something different. I'll see in 5-6 years if an electric car drive better. But in 5-6 years from now maybe there will be something different on the market like a lower price for gasoline or a hydrogen car or green algae fuel or other hybrids.
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