How Chevrolet Volt Left a Supertanker of Fuel Waiting at the Dock

By Joel Arellano | May 21, 2012
General Motors has released some pretty impressive numbers lately on its Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle. According to the Chevrolet website and OnStar, Volt owners have driven the equivalent of 40 million gallons of fuel if the Volt had been a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle, which translates roughly to over 16,000 trips from New York to Los Angeles; more than 1,600 trips around the world; and around 160 trips to the moon. Says Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director, "Our Volt owners are driving the vehicle exactly as the car was designed. Sixty percent of the time our owners are driving electric, but the extended range is providing additional miles when they need it. This shows that you don’t have to change your daily driving habits to drive the Volt." The Chevrolet Volt travels up to around 35 miles on straight electric power from its battery before the small "range extending" gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the drained battery, which extends (hence the name) the Volt's range an additional 344 miles. The near 380 total miles of the Chevy Volt is far greater than most full electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i, which have a real world range of approximately 70-90 total miles between recharges. Chevrolet says that a typical Volt owner drivers drives an average of 900 miles before refueling the EV.
And speaking of fuel, Chevrolet proudly states Volt owners have saved a supertanker of gas since the car went on sale in late 2010 as a 2011 model. A supertanker carries roughly two million gallons of gasoline. Impressive. However, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, Americans devoured more than 130 billion gallons of gasoline as of 2011. The Chevrolet Volt "saved" around 0ne one-thousanth of a percent of gasoline consumed in the U.S. in a year. Still, that's progress in the right direction to remove the U.S. dependency on foreign oil. "With each click of the odometer, Chevrolet Volt owners are measuring their contribution to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and to preserving the environment," continues Landy. "Volt owners are also saving at the fuel pump with more than $8 million in combined savings." Source: General Motors / Chevrolet, EIA