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5 Amazing Things Chevy Volt Owners Have Done with Their Car

Chevy Volt is building on some impressive numbers. Look what it has achieved so far in the past five years.

How would you define success? It’s hard to do in the automotive world. It’s hard to do in starting a business, it’s hard to do in almost anything, but I think these statistics prove that the Chevy Volt is a success!

Since its launch in 2010 Chevy Volts have:

  1. Travelled over 1.2 Billion Miles
  2. 700,000,000 EV Miles
  3. 35,000,000 Gallons of gas Not SOLD (WOW!)
  4. Averaged over 900 miles between fill ups
  5. Became the Number #1 Plug in Hybrid in America

At this point, I was not aware of the great electric vehicle returns this car has put out. In a Bloomberg interview (not sure of when this aired) Elon Musk stated that the Volt was ½ electric and ½ gas and didn’t do either of them very well (I’m paraphrasing) so he obviously was a fan at the time. I was even skeptical when I drove the car back in 2009 (Pre-Launch) during GM Volt’s Roadshow to NYC when I was serving as the President of the NJ Electric Auto Association, which I founded.

The fact that the Volt fleet has saved over 35 Million Gallons of fuel must absolutely upset the oil industry. While on the surface that number of gallons over 5 years is insignificant to these corporate behemoths, it is significant in that it proves that PHEVs are really doing their part to reduce the amount of oil we use here in America.

The 700 million electric car miles miles is just beautiful and I’m so glad to see that many miles of gas free driving. To average over 900 miles between fill ups with the slow charger is another major feat as I would have thought a faster battery charger would have even improved on this already good set of numbers if they had a 30 amps charger vs. the 15 amp charger. This 900 miles range per tank full was using Chevy Volts 9 gallon gas tank! That works out to an average of over 100 miles per gallon on average! Now that is something everyone should start to take notice of! What other gas car is doing those kind of impressive MPGs?

Overall, the Chevy Volt has a great place in the lineup of PHEVs and is holding their own in the sales race.

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Consider this also: Consumption of 1 gallon of gas contributes about 18 pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere. So, the Volt has prevented 630,000,000 pounds of CO2 form reaching the atmosphere from tailpipe emissions (CO2 will be emitted at the power plant depending on the fuel used therein, but even if it is coal, it is less than what happens at the average tailpipe). Science: although a gallon of gas is only about 6 pounds, the chemical reaction during combustion causes each C atom to bond with 2 O atoms (hence, CO2). Because the 2 atoms of O together are about 2.6 times heavier than the 1 atom of C, each CO2 molecule is about 3.6 times heavier than each C atom. Then, because gas is mostly C, the CO2 produced by using gas is about 3 times the weight of the gas itself.
I think you are trying to boost Volt, but your 700 M miles of electric displaced only 35 M gallons of gas; this implies it gets 20 MPG. I am pretty sure it can beat that in gas mode. Not impressed with big numbers that nobody has a feel for. Use numbers that people can relate to; like the 100 MPG equivalent. Impressive more would be to use gas price ($3.00 / gallon), average miles per year driven (13,500), average mileage of US car (24 MPG). To get per year savings on gas, and then subtract the 35 kwh/100 miles at $0.1 kwh electric fee at… Which works out to about $850 year vs $1750 for a regular car: or half the cost of fuel; or save $850 /year over the average car. Better yet, point them to
"Became the Number #1 Plug in Hybrid in America" Not possible for the Volt to be the #1 plug-in hybrid in America, as it is not a plug-in hybrid. It is an electric vehicle with a serial hybrid range extender system which uses a gasoline engine to generate electricity for the electric drive motor(s) in the event that battery capacity is depleted.
Actually, you can argue that the Volt is more hybrid than most hybrids. It does parallel hybrid and serial hybrid, depending on the mode of operation.
Bill, thanks for your comment.... The volt has an electric motor and gas engine. Gas+Electric=Hybrid. Gas one on its own.....ICE Electric on its own....EV.
Thanks everyone for the discussion.
Amazing tHat in such a short period of time the Tesla cars made almost the same mileage and almost 50% more electric miles.
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