Chevrolet Volt Owners Report Driving More Electric Miles Than Estimated
"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.
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.
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