• Apr 5, 2013
The Chevrolet Volt is meeting and exceeding EPA electric-driving range estimates, as owners are reporting driving an average of 900 miles or more without refueling. Drivers like Brent Waldrep, of Auburn Hills, Mich., almost avoid gasoline altogether. Brent (pictured above) has driven more than 23,500 miles in his Volt in 21 months and says he has only been to a gas station twice.

"The last time, was in August (2012), and I still have about 65 percent of that tank left. I go about 9,000-10,000 miles between fill ups," he said.

After a rocky start two years ago involving development delays, fires and faulty batteries, the Volt is performing as or better than advertised for these customers.

Chevy Volt Electric-Driving Miles

While Volts are in EV mode--the battery-powered mode meant for shorter trips--the vehicle uses no gasoline. The EPA's estimated mileage is 98 MPGe, with the traditional gasoline engine kicking in after about 38 miles of use. The Volt switches over to gasoline to power a generator once battery life is depleted. Some owners however recharge religiously, and their reward is passing the pump more often as their vehicles use little or no gas.

Although one of the lowest selling cars in Chevrolet's line up, sales of the Volt have tripled in the two years since the vehicle's release. In 2012 the Volt even outsold high recognition names like the Chevrolet Corvette. General Motors also boasts that Volt owners report the highest satisfaction among new car buyers.

TRANSLOGIC 51: Chevy Volt Real World Test


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      ejb44
      • 4 Days Ago
      Amen to the American car companies, especially GM!!! This is a game changer and has all the naysayers challenged, especially the Japanese lovers!!! Only in America, for America, and by Americans!!! Go and support your true American car companies, not the "allowed" intruders!!!
        jbrian922
        • 4 Days Ago
        @ejb44
        That's not a car it's a little toy/fad! I wouldn't be caught dead in a electric/hybrid "vehicle" if it came to it I'd rather pay $100+ a gallon for gas then be in one of those!
          hgeorgech
          • 4 Days Ago
          @jbrian922
          Brian ... stick with your Schwinn ... do you even HAVE $100???
      • 4 Days Ago
      I do not understand why these electric cars don't have some type of generator that runs off the engine and will keep the battery charged as you go, like the alternators on gasoline engines. Why no one has thought of that or installed them into the electric engines is beyond me.
        HollywoodF1
        • 4 Days Ago
        Are you retarded? That's how all hybrids work.
        Mark
        • 4 Days Ago
        Because if you add a pulley and drag of a generator, it would rapidlly reduce the range that the batteries could take the car. Now if you have regenerative braking (braking activated a small wheel mounted generator) that would help re-charge the batteries, but it wouldn't do much on a long trip. Add in a roof and rear truck deck set of solar panels, and you get some more juice. Again, rainy days and nights won't help. You just can't get more energy out of something than you put into it. Where's the flux capacitor when you need it!
        steelersfootball
        • 4 Days Ago
        The volt has a generator if you can't plug it in.
        THE GREAT ONE
        • 4 Days Ago
        it would take more engery to make the charge of the batterys
        James
        • 4 Days Ago
        The Volt does. Google the term "regenerative braking".
      mefishn4cash
      • 4 Days Ago
      "avoids $1,300 a year at the pump" When you consider that the Volt is comparable to a Chevy Cruise in size and comforts and costs about $25,000 more than the Cruise, you would have to drive the volt for over 19 years just to break even on the savings. I am all for electric vehicles like the Volt but at the current prices they just arent practicle yet. If they could get the cost down to $25-30k then that would be a start. As it is I can modify my old VW Beetle over to full electric and get about 100mpc all for the initial cost of under $5,000 and then another $1200-1500 every 4-5 years for new batteries, not so bad. No more gas stations, no more oil changes, no more carbon monoxide, just better all around.
        jbrian922
        • 4 Days Ago
        @mefishn4cash
        There is no need for electric/hybrid "vehicles" everything the government/epa say about them is just bs it's all about lining the pockets full of $ of the people behind the scenes.
        James
        • 4 Days Ago
        @mefishn4cash
        The Volt is less similar to a Cruze than an Audi A4 is similar to a VW Jetta. In both cases, the Volt and the A4 have a lot of uplevel content and technology included that is not available on the similar sized Cruze / Jetta. Then on top of that, the Volt has the ability to go lonnnnng distances / time without using any gasoline. My wife's Volt went from March to November of 2012 without ever stopping at a gas station. And when I did gas it up in November, it still had more than a quarter of a very small (9 gallon) tank of gas left in it. Our lease price on the Volt is about $35 more than the car it replaced. We have an arrangement with the electric company for unlimited charging at $40/month. We save about $180/ month in gas. Last time I checked, 180 - (35 + 40) means we're ahead $105/month. I'll take that!
      STEELYAL
      • 4 Days Ago
      Convert your car to LNG and save the planet from having to discard all these poison batteries and bulbs.
        • 4 Days Ago
        @STEELYAL
        The batteries aren't poisonous at all. The NiMH batteries in the old hybrids kindof are dirty to mine, but lithium is sitting on the ground in Bolivia and it's recyclable and already one of the main elements all over the earth.
      • 4 Days Ago
      The prices are actually pretty reasonable these days. I'm finding them on autotrader.com for $33k but of course there's also a nice $7500 tax rebate in it for you, and a lot of state like Oregon, California, Georgia and more also offer state tax rebates on top of that plus HOV lane privileges and oh yeah, you save about $1,200/year in fuel if you drive less than 40 miles per day over a straight gas engine that gets 30 mpg.
        hgeorgech
        • 4 Days Ago
        and your neighbors are helping to subsidize those rebates ... have any Volt owners thanked their neighbors? doubtful !
      tptm
      • 4 Days Ago
      The vehicle should be more affordable.
      • 4 Days Ago
      I think Chevy did a great job with this car, and it has huge potential. I would recommend to owners to use the gas engine every so often though, even if you don't need, it for two reasons. First, gasoline starts to break down after a few months, and it can cause lots of problems. And second, the gas engine needs to be started up once in a while to keep things running smoothly and keep everything lubricated. If you haven't started your engine in 6 months, I'd drain the tank, put new gas in, and start that engine up. Enjoy your car! :)
        • 4 Days Ago
        The Volt automatically runs the engine from time to time for this reason. The engineers designed this in for this very reason.
      benji888578
      • 4 Days Ago
      Don't get me wrong, the Volt is probably the best PLUG-IN HYBRID out there. But that IS what it is. Period.
      • 4 Days Ago
      HOW MUCH TO REPLACE BATTERIES?
      • 4 Days Ago
      I have owned my Volt for 2 years and love it! Yes, it has a higher sticker price, as does any new technologically advanced machine. It has actually saved me more than these averages listed. The electric bill has increased an avaerage of $14/month.It is not only a great looking car, but it is the drive that is awesome! Do your homework, as I did. Compare everything available. Research the facts- not a fire trap at all. No limits with this vehicle.Safe, efficient, comfortable, fun and absolutely cool!
      shipfixr
      • 4 Days Ago
      I still wouldn't have one up my anal oriface if I had room for a sawmill.....
      larry
      • 4 Days Ago
      Looked at a volt last year. When wanting to "test drive" the car, it would not start. No longer am I interested in a car I deem as unreliable.
        hgeorgech
        • 4 Days Ago
        @larry
        go back to the dealer .. maybe they fixed the car since you tried to start it last year
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