Chevrolet Volt owners have saved over $13.2 million in gas
The Chevrolet.com website page dedicated to the Chevrolet Volt has three interesting “gauges” showing the actual number of miles driven by Chevrolet Volt owners around the United States. The Volt communicates with company computers to keep a running, up to the second total of the miles driven by Volt owners around the country, including how many of those miles are driven on electricity. It is really a very interesting feature and you can check it out by clicking here (it will open in a new window).
As this piece goes live here on TorqueNews.com, the Chevrolet Volt has traveled roughly 105,790,000 miles on US roads and roughly 67,020,000 of those miles have been driven on pure electric power – meaning that roughly 64% of the Volt mileage over the last 21 months has been electric. The result of all of this electric driving is over 3.5 million gallons of gasoline saved by using electric power as opposed to gasoline. Considering that the national gas price average right now for the required premium fuel is $3.75, Volt owners have saved a whopping $13.24 million dollars. (Note: our title originally said $13.4 million when it should have said $13.2 million. We have fixed the mistakes to reflect the proper numbers at the time that this article went live. However, as I am adding this new portion to the article, the dollar value of gasoline saved is now right around $13.4 million.)
Some critics complain that the Chevrolet Volt’s gasoline range extending engine requires premium fuel but even if you look at the act of saving 3.53 million gallons of regular fuel (current national average of 3.47/gallon), there are still savings of over $12.2 million dollars. On top of that is the key point that, in addition to saving all of that money on gasoline, Volt owners are also lowering the dependence on a natural resource while helping the environment by emitting less greenhouse gases when running on electricity.
The Chevrolet Volt has had a great year, selling over 1,100 more units in the first six months of 2012 than they did in all of 2011 – allowing the Volt to pull out to a massive sales lead over the all-electric Nissan Leaf. The efficient Voltec drivetrain affords an all electric driving range that can exceed 40 miles when driven properly but unlike the Nissan Leaf, when the battery is dead you can keep on driving with the help of the range extending gasoline engine.
Nissan has taken shots at GM in their advertising campaign for the Leaf, pointing out that it still runs on gasoline and creates emissions but unlike some Leaf owners who are running into massive battery capacity decreases in just the second year of driving (click here for more on the Leaf battery problems) – there have been very few complaints about the Chevrolet Volt. This lack of negative press (aside from the early NHTSA accident concerns) combined with the extended overall range of the Volt could be why the Chevy sedan has become the bestselling electric vehicle in the US market by a massive margin.