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Chevrolet
says those on-board gas-powered generators in the Volt extended-range plug-ins are getting kind of lonely.

The General Motors division estimates that Volt owners have collectively passed the 150-million-mile point when it comes to driving on electric power. That's roughly the distance from Earth to Mars (provided that the Volts could fly) or, back on planet Earth, 60 million really quiet laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in case anyone was curious. Chevy says the typical Volt driver goes about 900 miles between fill-ups, saving about $1,300 a year in refueling costs.

Through the first quarter of 2013, US Volt sales were up 8.4 percent to 8,244 units. Last year, Volt sales tripled from their 2011 levels to about 23,500 vehicles. Check out Chevy's press release below.
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Volt owners exceeding EPA electric-driving estimate
150 million combined electric miles equivalent of trip from Earth to Mars

DETROIT – Chevrolet Volt owners are consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage of 98 MPGe gasoline-free miles, and many are even exceeding it. Their experience contributes to an out worldly total of 150 million electric-powered Volt driving miles – roughly the distance from Earth to Mars.

The typical Volt owner who regularly charges the vehicle is going 900 miles between fill-ups of the gasoline engine that powers the Volt's on-board generator. That avoids about $1,300 a year at the pump.

MPGe is a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. The EPA uses it to compare the consumption of alternative fuel vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles with the fuel economy of conventional internal combustion vehicles expressed as miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline.

Some drivers are all but avoiding gasoline.

"I have driven more than 23,500 miles in my Volt in 21 months, and have been to a gas station twice," said Brent Waldrep of Auburn Hills, Mich. "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."

Waldrep is atypical, but he is not alone.

"It's been more than 5,000 miles and I've only filled up once not including the dealer fill," said Larry Read of Canyon Lake, Texas.

Paul Friday of San Jose, Calif., says he gets about 7,000 miles between fill-ups and adds about three gallons of gas to his Volt every three months.

"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."

Volt owners remain the most satisfied of any in the entire industry for the past two years with more than nine in 10 telling a major consumer publication they would buy another Volt.

For the first 38 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.50-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range up to another 344 miles on a full tank.

More results from Volt owners can be found at www.facebook.com/chevroletvolt

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 4.5 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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      Perry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought my Volt 12-22-13 and have greatly exceeded any of the MPG ratings on the sticker. It is costing me less then 4 cents per mile(including elec and gas costs) in the dead of winter in PA. Have not been to a gas station yet..only used 5 gallons since last Dec. I use about 7KWH per day. The performance of the car far exceeds my expectations. The smooth no shifting quiet driveline far exceeds any car I've ever driven... that includes BMW and Mercedes. I paid $22,900 after all incentives for my Volt contrary to popular belief. If you have a commute less than 40 miles a day .. the Volt is a car you should test drive. I'm on track to save over $1,000 per year in gas and getting better performance. In 5 years my Volt will have cost $17,900 and in 10 years $12,900. And I only have a commute of 21 miles total. My first maintenance is scheduled for next June 6-12-14 ... yes my first maintenance to change the oil in the generator after 18 months.... that's a lot less maintenance than any car I know of.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's still too early to give an accurate analysis of the savings and mileages from the Vauxhall Ampera's in our company fleet. But a glance, I would say that GM's claims are very conservative. Traditionally, cars in the UK have been much smaller (and more fuel concious) than US models. Although government tax policies and higher gasoline costs have been important factors, it's also due to narrow roads and congested parking facilities. Another interesting UK phenomenon seldom considered is people who driver larger cars, also have higher annual mileage. UK Car mileages calculated over a three year basis.; Small cars (e.g. Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris, etc) 8,500 miles (Diesel 10,100) Lower-medium cars ; (e.g. Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, etc) , 11,200 miles (Diesel 15,300) Upper-medium cars ; (e.g. Toyota Avensis, Audi A4, etc) 16,400 miles (Diesel 18,100) Large cars ; (e.g. Vauxhall Omega, BMW 5 Series, etc) 15,900 miles.( Diesel 17,100) 4x4s ; (e.g. Honda HRV, Range Rover, etc) 12,400 miles (Diesel 13,600) It's clear that diesel is the vehicle of choice for high mileage vehicles. It's unfortunate that the Ampera is still; in limited supply, and not built in the UK, as the GM product competes easily for fuel economy, and driving pleasure with diesel models , despite the much vaulted conception of longevity and economy of diesel engines. In the UK the Vauxhall Ampera can compete in the middle of the Lower-Upper medium car range. The Ampera is very well equipped to compete with all the cars offered in this market segment, despite a slight price premium. GM's Voltec technology is a real winner, and the Volt/Ampera deserves it's success.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      @paulwesterberg It is still a very useful number to know as long the person mentions that this doesn't include the electricity. It is difficult to provide a total MPG number because there is none. You can make up MPG 'equivalents' but they are never really equivalents because you do it on energy content? On price? And if you do it on price, the price fluctuates heavily in time and by area.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the car cost 39K. You save $1,300 a year on gas meaning that over ten years you save $13,000. Sounds good, but if I get a $15,000 four banger five speed and add $15,000 in gas prices over ten years I still only pay $30,000. Nine thousand less than buying a Volt. So even with the $7,500 tax rebate I am still spending more for the Volt. The Volt needs to be priced at $32,500. GM told Reuter's that their cost to build the Volt is $24,000. So what's the disconnect here? At $32,500 GM would be making $8,500 per vehicl, as it is now, they are getting $14,000 over costs. Seems like greed and stupidity. I guess they were used to their typical brainwashed TV watching customers who bought Hummers and othe huge gas guzzlers. They had cornered the market on the easily manipulated customer, but that is not what the EV people are or ever will be. They will never be the stupid followers of the industrial masters like so many of the Foxites and other numb skulled mass media outlets are (let's include CNN and all others too).
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        If you only care about is your wallet, getting the absolutely cheapest total cost of ownership, buy a small ICE like a Kia Rio. The Volt's a nicer car, but that's not what I'm going to argue. They Volt costs a little bit more, but you're spending your money on domestic R&D and domestic energy and not on foreign oil. You're also pumping considerably less crap into the air. The Volt is for people who care about such things. If you want to go green, but just don't have the green, you can get part way to the oil use and emmission of a Volt with a Prius C. The Prius C has perhaps the lowest total cost of ownership of any car available in the states.
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        If it's all about the money, buy a scooter. They get 100 MPG and cost less than a used 4 banger... The Volt is comparable to a BMW 3 series or Lexus IS300, and has roughly the same price, but with the Volt, the ownership cost is much lower due to the gas savings and the tax break... Buying a Volt is like getting a Lexus for the cost of a Toyota........ all while reducing your gasoline usage, a good thing "any" price...
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        @ brotherkenny4 Why do you post these ridiculous, inaccurate, politically motivated rants ? The GM Volt is just a car with terrific new technology ! It's a great credit to GM and US Industry. Why do need to automatically hate the Volt ? The Reuters article you quote as your reference could have been written by a reporter from Fox ! GM never told Reuters " cost to build the Volt is $24,000" ! That's just a lie, made up by you, to support your weird hatred of GM ! Here's the official reply to the Reuter's article by GM ; " Rueter's estimate of the current loss per unit for each Volt sold is grossly wrong, in part because the reporters allocated product development costs across the number of Volts sold instead of allocating across the lifetime volume of the program, which is how business operates. The Reuters’ numbers become more wrong with each Volt sold. " http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Sep/0910_volt.html No mention of $24,000 ! Just a simple explanation of the costs of introducing new technology, that everyone understands but you !
        Harry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Brotherkenny, you are comparing an entry level luxury car like the Volt to a $15k four banger? Have you driven a Volt? It is a very cool car to drive, most of the sales of Volts are capture sales where drivers are trading in Audis, BMWs and the like to buy a Volt. Most Volt owners bought a Volt not to save money, but because it is a fun car to drive and the vast majority of your miles are powered by American electricity instead of putting money into OPEC pockets. I agree that the Volt would sell more with a lower price, but it is kind of simple to compare a Volt to any $20k car, let alone a $15k car.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        With my recent promotion,raise, and big fat bonus (aren't you happy for me Rak?), I was thinking of buying a Lexus, but after hearing brotherlykenny's logic, I think I will get one of those small plastic cars that kids drive that are powere by a 6 volt batter. It is $49,000 cheaper than the Lexus I like, and with that extra money oh even I cannot make my sarcasm sound good on this one dear lord comparing a volt to what...a fiesta....a sonic....maybe an accent? And then picked on anyone who watches any network news whatsoever? Enjoy yourselves...it's later than you think.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        I hope you were just taking the devil's advocate position on this, brotherkenny4. The Volt has it's place in the transition over to pure EV driving. As for absolute savings, it is all about perception and what you personally want from a car. A used compact will always save money over buying any other car on the road until gas becomes absolutely outrageous in price. That type of comparison will continue to be used by EV and EREV naysayers into the future because it is too easy to do. So don't play into their hands and make the comparison for them. Just point out the advantages and show them the strengths of EV's and EREV's as Harry, BipDBo, Smurf, EZEE, and Marco just did with you.
        hodad66
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        It just ain't all about our wallets........
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      So if the average is 900 miles between fill ups, what does that make the average MPG out to be? If the tank is 9 gallons then that works out to an average of 100mpg. Customers going 5,000 miles between fill ups are averaging 555mpg. Pretty impressive stuff. Yes I know there is a cost for the electricity, but I believe most Volt buyers are all about not using gasoline and all of the larger benefits that provides. I hope they can continue to bring the price down on this car.
        VL00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I own a Volt, and I don't use all 9 gallons before filling up, its probably more like 6-8 gallons for a fill-up. I was buying 6 gallons every 2.5 months, my job changed and now I'm using 0.25 gallons per month. My lifetime (after 19 months) is 303 MPG equivalent
          Naturenut99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @VL00
          VL00: equivalent doesn't belong next to the 300. (Excellent number by the way! Congrats! My Volt lifetime is 130, so you have me beat) That number is MPG not MPGe. They are very different. But that said MPG is a very useful number and MPGe is really just an efficiency comparison number. You can take an MPG and estimate how much gas will be used and the cost of it. You can't really do that with MPGe. For plug-ins its much more detailed and specific to each user. Because there are both the EV range and the gas MPG. How each person uses those in combination can be very different. You can include, when describing your total fuel use, the kWh's used ( or miles/kWh) and how much that either costs you at your rate or adjust to another rate. Most of us here understand what a kWh is and what that would cost us. General public sometimes get scared of how much extra electricity it will use when it's really cheaper than gas anyway. Would they rather pay more to Oil Co or pay less to our local electric provider?
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        My lifetime MPG is 161 MPG after 16,000 miles. I drive about 75% electric, mainly because I take occasional long road trips. Without the road trips I would be 95% electric. I have had months where I got over 1000 MPG because I didn't take a road trip that month.
      otiswild
      • 2 Years Ago
      225MPG reported after my morning commute today, and at about 400Wh/mile it comes to about 80MPGe given my driving style.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please stop spreading GM mileage lies. You need to account for the energy in the electricity you use when calculating mpge. Your mileage is great, but it is not incredible.
      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      When does the 100 MPG Via Motors light duty Chevy Silverado E-REV go on sale thats all l am interested in. Opel Ampera's mileage in Europe won't make it across the pond let alone Mars. Mr. Girsky noted that the 2012 result, and ongoing demand, for the extended range plug-in were “a disappointment” for General Motors. This come-clean moment by GM on the Ampera has been a long time coming. Every month we dutifully report on the Chevrolet Volt sales in the US, and every month we note that the General has all but stopped production on the Ampera, and that the car should quite likely be pulled from the European market..that is, if GM was looking at the vehicle simply from a financial, return on investment, point of view, and not as a halo product. How bad is the “disappointing” demand the GM executive is alluding to? Consider the recent production level of the Ampera at GM’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly facility: Ampere sales February 2013- 0 January 2013 – 42 December 2012 – 6 November 2012 – 19 October 2012 – 2 That is 69 cars in 5 months. One more time – sixty-nine cars; and these are not Ferraris we are talking about. http://elonmusktesla.wordpress.com/tag/opel-ampera/ GM need to make cars that are going to be a commercial success in Europe that folk can afford the Volt/Ampera should have been released as a Caddy in Europe/USA to match buyer income/car/status but sold at the same Volt price GM would be selling in the 100,000s. All l can see from here is a massive high profit yielding fuel efficient diesel RWD gapping black hole thats missing big time in the Chevy/Opel/Vauxhall line-up in Europe that might help fix their billion $$$ loss FWD only woes here.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        The Via truck will be available when people stop buying the current truck hand over fist and start demanding something better. Since PU's are GM, Ford's and Chriyslers main profit producers and are selling better than most other models there incentives to do anything drastic is not their. Stop buying the gas hog trucks and they will produce the Via truck. Until then, expect more of the same, why ruin a good thing.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once you get a Volt and realize how great driving without gas is, range extender anxiety kicks in and you don't want to use gas. So I'm not surprised people use even less gas on average than was predicted. *"range extender anxiety" term coined by another ABG poster, I forget who now.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Volt/Ampera is a huge win for GM. The tech is moving into the Cadillac line soon. The mileage will just keep growing and every mile that is electric is one less mile used to burn a limited fossil fuel. As much as I am a fan of Tesla, the Volt/Ampera is doing the most EV miles so far with the Leaf coming in close second. It's possible that I am wrong and the Leaf is out mileaging the Volt but my instincts say it's reversed.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        Congratulations GM. And a solid shout out to Nissan and Tesla too.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Please stop spreading GM mileage lies." Its not just GM.
      Reggie
      • 2 Years Ago
      To many unsold Ampera where is the demand? How bad is the “disappointing” demand the GM executive is alluding to? Consider the recent production level of the Ampera at GM’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly facility: Ampera builds for Europe, whats the feeble excuse? February 2013- 0 January 2013 – 42 December 2012 – 6 November 2012 – 19 October 2012 – 2 That is 69 cars in 5 months. One more time – sixty-nine cars; and these are not Ferraris we are talking about. http://elonmusktesla.wordpress.com/tag/opel-ampera/ Wonder how many VW Golfs mainly diesels will be reported as being sold in Europe in March 53,000 sales v ? Opel Ampera l wonder which one will be nearest to reaching March's sale moon.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        1) Europe has a stupid tax system that favors diesel. 2) Europe has a pretty bad economic melt-down such that people can't afford the Ampera.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        Too bad SVXpearlie isn't here any more. He would have the European numbers at his fingertips and post them to show Reggie the error of his ways as he did before in the past.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        @ Reggie Never, ever accurate are you ? The are no "unsold Ampera's" languishing on dealer lots ! There's a considerable waiting list !
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