Chevrolet Volt Car Owners drove over 100 Million Miles on Electricity

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(Best Syndication News) - All the Chevrolet Volt cars on the road have been driven over 100 million electric-powered miles, according to the General Motors Company (NYSE:GM). The cars can use both electricity and gas, but Volt owners use electricity to power their vehicles in over 65 percent of their trips. The on-board gas-powered generator is used for the longer road trips.

The Chevrolet Volt cars started becoming available on the market in December 2010. In this short time, General Motors estimates that around 5 million gallons of gas have been saved by using electricity to power these cars. Additionally, around $1,370 is saved in fuel expenditures per year for each Chevrolet Volt owner.

The average Chevrolet Volt owner drives around 900 miles before making a pit stop at the gas station. They have to fuel-up every one and a half months, or 90 days. The EPA gave the Volt a fuel rating of 90 MPGe, which has the electric only range at 35 mpg for city driving and 40 mpg for highway driving. GM reports that many Volt owners are exceeding the EPA fuel efficiency estimates.

The Volt is capable of driving the first 38 miles with only electricity powering the vehicle from a fully charged 16.50 kWh lithium-ion battery. Once the battery starts to run low, the gas-powered engine/generator begins to take over powering the vehicle. The driving range continues for another 344 miles on a full tank of gas.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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