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Chevrolet Volts surpass half a billion electric miles

2014 Chevrolet VoltWhile General Motors may be experiencing some major issues in other areas of its auto manufacturing programs, the Chevrolet Volt has been cruising along in gas-assisted electric mode for nearly four years and is exceeding customer expectations.

Today GM announced that owners of the Volt have surpassed more than a half a billion miles driving in all-electric mode.

Here’s the announcement from GM:

After 30 months of use, a sampling of Volts shows consistent all-electric range

DETROIT – Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

2014 Chevrolet Volt-Volt owners are doing more than 63 percent of their overall driving in EV mode. While the driving range in EV mode can be greatly impacted by temperature, driving technique and terrain, the ease with which Volt drivers are avoiding gasoline use further shows the Volt’s suitability for almost any lifestyle.

Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station less than once a month. The 2014 Volt provides owners with fuel economy of EPA estimated 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 city/40 highway on gasoline power, saving $1,450 in annual fuel costs with no change in daily driving habits.

In an independent study conducted between July and December 2013, Volt drivers who participated in the Department of Energy’s EV Project managed by Idaho National Labs totaled 1,198,114 vehicle trips of which 974,692, or 81.4 percent, were completed without the gasoline-powered generator being used.

Since the Volt was launched in 2010, owners have helped to reduce gasoline consumption by more than 25 million gallons, the equivalent of no gasoline being used in Washington D.C. for 2½ months.

The Volt continues to attract new buyers to Chevrolet with 69 percent of Volt buyers new to GM. The Toyota Prius is the most frequently traded-in vehicle for a Volt.

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Sierra Club helps you find EV rebates and tax credits

2013 Nissan LEAF

Have you been wondering about the economics of electric vehicles? There is an easy way to find out how much you can expect to receive in rebates and tax credits if you purchase an EV. The Sierra Club offers it to you at http://content.sierraclub.org/evguide/go-electric, where they also have a helpful article about EV “Myth vs. Realty.”

The Sierra Club has also partnered with Plug-In America to co-sponsor the 2014 National Drive Electric Week from September 15th through the 21st. To see what events are planned around the nation, check out https://driveelectricweek.org/index.php.

And if you really want to settle in with some in-depth tech reading about electric vehicle charging, smart micro grids, and more, have a look at http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/publications.html.

All charged up? Ready to go EV? We hope so.

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