Chevrolet Volt Passes 300 Million Miles Driven Electrically

OCT 24 2013 BY JAY COLE 49

Chevrolet Volt Electric Mile Ticker Continues To Accelerate

Chevrolet Volt Electric Mile Ticker Continues To Accelerate

We confess that we have been watching Chevrolet Volt’s “Electric Miles Driven” countdown for the past few days, just waiting for another milestone to tick by.

More Than 2/3rds Of Driving In The Volt Is Done Without Gas...Still Only Good Enough To Get You To Mars Once (click to enlarge)

More Than 2/3rds Of Driving In The Volt Is Done Without Gas…Still Only Good Enough To Get You To Mars Once (click to enlarge)

This time, it’s a biggie – 300,000,000 miles driven all-electrically.

It took GM just 139 days to add on 100 million more miles, as the company passed 200 million in early summer.

We imagine over the next day or two someone in GM’s media department will realize the milestone has passed and blitz it mainstream…quite possibly by reading this story here now (wave to the GM folks at the Renaissance Center). and put out a press release complete with some executive quotage for us to read, but we were too impatient to wait for it.

(But we promise to update those bits in later)

...And Many More To Come

…And Many More To Come   (GM social media is on top of things with some fancy graphics!)

But What Was This Gas Money Saved Spend On?

But What Was This Gas Money Saved Spend On?

Other points of interest that GM has also craft some fine counters for:

  • Total miles driven: 478,000,000+   (which means that 62.7% of miles driven in a Volt are done so on electricity)
  • Total gallons of gas saved: 15,700,000+ – equal to about $53,000,000


The Bulk Of Nissan LEAFs Are Sold Outside The US ... Therefore Their Milestones Are In Kilometers

The Bulk Of Nissan LEAFs Are Sold Outside The US … Therefore Their Milestones Are In Kilometers

And yes, Nissan also has a ticker for their all-electric LEAF, which currently stands (at time of press) at just over 511,500,000 kilometers…which translates to 317,831,000 miles. 


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Article quote:
“We imagine over the next day or two someone in GM’s media department will realize the milestone has passed has passed and blitz it mainstream…quite possibly by reading this story here now (wave to the GM folks at the Renaissance Center). and put out a press release complete with some executive quotage for us to read, ”

Good one Jay. That sarcastic wit of yours never dies. I’m still laughing.

Hi Jay, Can you edit your article to read- “Total Gallons of Gas, Saved- 15,700+ ?

Thanks! Hate to be the one to break it to you! lol

Then I can tweet it out!

ps- I am at 97% all electric. 22,550 miles driven in 19 months- Robust Electriv driving, Roald will confirm this, bout 25 gallons of gas used!

OnStar Data Dump – Volt Stats


Thomas J. Thias

Whoops, I did put down money instead of gallons…little slip up there, I was going to extrapolate that out to dollars and got sidetracked I guess. I was excited to get the article out I guess – that is the excuse I’m going with anyway, (=


Thomas hi,

Wow, looked at your stats… great job!

A question:

I assume the 60-80 EV mile days you have there are full-range ~40 mile drive, then a 2-3 hour recharge on L2, and another drive? Or some other way?

In other words, you should have gotten an EV. Seriously.

Thomas did get an EV. Seriously.

No he didn’t. He got a PHEV. Seriously.

Aaron, a PHEV is an EV. What do you think the EV in PHEV stands for? Seriously.

qwerty, hate to break it to you (again), but Aaron is right.

You can’t just take some letters out of an acronym to have it mean something different.
A classic (non-plug-in) hybrid can be abbreviated HGEV or HEV. Yet no sane person would pretend they’re EVs, right?

Same for plug-ins hybrids (PHV/PHEVs), hydrogen fuel cells (I’ve seen HFCV, FCEV, HFCEV) etc.

Which makes complete sense. Think of, say, appliances. If I buy something described as “electric cooktop”, I’d hate to discover it also needs natural gas…

Aaron, give it up… was HIS choice.

Not only does Aaron feel strong in his faith, he is driven to evangelize the Gospel of Electric Cars! There will be no blasphemous compromises! It is All Electric or it is not an EV!

Fundamentalists give me the creeps.

I am retired and share two autos between my wife and myself. I have a Ford F-150 that sees less than 2000 miles per year yet I still need a truck and it serves as a second vehicle when needed. However the Volt serves primarily as our single vehicle. There are many EREV owners, primarily Volts at this time, that want to 1) Own one vehicle 2) Drive as many EV miles as possible 3) Have the flexibility to drive long trips (without renting) and (without 2nd auto) Therefore the Volt is the perfect choice. Interestingly enough with the Volt = 300,000,00 and Leaf 317,000,000 Volt drivers are driving more electric miles per auto than Leaf owners. That is neither good nor bad. They bought the right EV for the application. You make this statement over and over and over Aaron. I don’t speak poorly of i-MiEVs yet you have to acknowledge that EREVs , again primarily Volts, are doing more to advance the cause that you believe in than i-MiEVs. The i-MiEV is the right application for you but clearly not for the masses. That is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. So what good does this language… Read more »

That is exactly how I feel. Thanks for posting.

Mark, I didn’t see your reply before I posted my take on Aaron’s latest. I think you nailed it.

That is great. Personally, I drive a pure electric but if a PHEV is what works best for you then get a PHEV. The goal is to get as many electric miles possible. I can’t stand the EV purists that complain about the Volt.

We only complain when it is called an EV. If “62.7%” of the Volt’s total miles are electric, that means 37.3% used GASOLINE. Not an EV, not even close.

Agreed. But I’ll re-state that the PHEV is a gateway drug. Once you’re in, you’re hooked. So for now, who cares. Get people hooked on the concept of plugging in.

still an EV in my books.

Anything that *can* be grid-charged is in EV.

There are BEVs, EREVs, PHEVs and other beasts.

Bottom line, even us BEV drivers mix and match in real life. If you go on a road trip to the mountains, chances are you don’t yet have a BEV that can do it.

In short, we’re all one team with one goal. The automakers can duke it out if they want, but the EV driver community is one community with shared values. Haven’t yet seen any PHEV driver kicked out of a local EV association for not being “pure” enough, and this will hopefully never happen.

+1 Assaf

I prefer the term EREV. It’s an extended range EV.

Yes, that’s the first name. EV is the family name 😉

Nope. EV means electric vehicle. Not multi-fuel, “can use electricity”, “has a cool lightning bolt design on the hood” etc.

Just like there is no gas “family name” (hybrids would carry it too, right?), there is no EV family name.
If you’re looking for a name to group everything that plugs in, its “plug-ins”, PIVs or PEVs.

Parallel hybrid. Triple clutches in the Volt make it a PHEV, not an EREV.

Aaron, you are boring.

…but he’s right.

So is the Plug-in Prius an EV? Nope, it’s a plug-in hybrid.

Abbreviate that PHEV, PHV or PEV if you must, but calling hybrids EVs is incorrect and misleading.

Same thing for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: some people would like to call them EVs because their wheels are driven by electrical motors. [sigh]

If my discussions with colleagues are any indication, the public has already a hard-enough time to grasp the concept of alternate fuels.
Let’s please not confuse the matter further by clumping together vastly different drivetrains for the only reason that they can, or internally use, electricity.

I agree that the PiP is a bottom-feeder in the EV family, purely by Toyota’s choice to keep it so.

But as you say yourself, it’s not the “internally” that matters.

Rather, all EVs can charge up their power *externally* from electricity. From there (bottom-feeders acknowledged) you can drive grid-powered miles without needing to fill up on another fuel.

Obviously, all EVs take electricity.

It doesn’t make the opposite true though: just because a vehicle *can* take electricity doesn’t make it an EV.

It’d be as twisted and misleading as calling the Volt a gas-only vehicle (even though one could actually use it this way).

Unless all your vehicles are BEV only, and you don’t ever rent/borrow an ICE car, just STFU!

I live in an area with high EV adoption, and I’ve talked with plenty of owners. I’ve yet to meet one that says crap like you just did face to face. So far every EV owner I’ve met is reasonable and doesn’t say crap like that. I’ve yet to meet one Leaf or Tesla driver that doesn’t either have an ICE car in their household or use zipcar and/or rentals. So, maybe you are the one exception, but there is a considerable number of gas miles driven by many Leaf and Tesla owners.

Nate, cool off. PJS wasn’t being judgmental, he was merely stating a fact.
There is nothing insulting or disparaging about the terms “plug-in”, “hybrid” or any other low/zero-emission technology.

Every drop of gas saved is a win. We’re all stuck on the same planet, breathing the same air.

Technical details are secondary; now, yes, if we start discussing that, let’s please just use the proper terminology.
If one bought a Volt thinking it was an EV, then they should take their anger to GM’s marketing department and/or themselves for not being better informed, not to people who politely and correctly point out the discrepancy.
Or, easier, just enjoy driving the damn thing — as the above numbers show, overall, it uses less gas than any other hybrid, plug-in or not. That totally gets my vote.

I have friends in Chicago that come down to NC and ask for a bottle of pop. No one responds. In return I go to Illinois and have my friend comment that he bought his son a six foot toboggan for Xmas to which I reply ” I bet that took a lot of yarn to knit”

The thing that you and Aaron struggle with is terminology. You disagree with the language. By pure technical definition you would be correct but I have to agree with the industry in that yours is the confusing statement. I have huge respect for your input io but you are fighting the wind on this one and confusing newcomers. If you ever come down south to ride an ATV its referred to as a 4 wheeler, not a quad. As kdawg says, EREV is the word of choice. The industry has spoken.

We’re on the same page regarding the Volt. Of course you don’t call it an EV either — it’s not merely electric.

Yes I argue that using the proper terminology, which has clear and unambiguous definitions, is important.
Obviously it’s already the case for anything legal or official, e.g:

Everyone, especially newcomers, should be able to rely on a consistent set of terms, which don’t change depending on context, manufacturer, personal preferences, experience, etc.

You disagree, so let me ask, what alternative do you suggest?

Relying instead on marketing claims (is this what you call “the industry”?) clearly isn’t workable, as the discussion on this page, and others before it, have demonstrated.

Strike industry, I should have stated the market. So turning the question back to you. If the market is looking for a driving experience that will give them an all electric experience to their work but also includes and extender, what terminology would you use to describe that and more importantly, WHICH vehicles would you include in that grouping? I am not sure what drives a person to a PHEV like the Honda Accord PHEV or Prius plug-in, but I am certain that anyone purchasing an 1) HEV is looking for superior gas mileage 2) BEV is looking for a pure electric experience 3) EREV is looking for as many pure electric miles as possible combined with an extender. This is where the line is drawn between the PHEV and the EREV. Currently everyone other than Tesla has to burn gas or not enjoy life beyond a given radius of their home. Whether it be fuel for the plane, taxi, rental car , 2nd vehicle, or in the extender in their EREV. The Volt can be driven purely on electricity under 70 mph (which happens to be approaching the top speed of many BEVs) for the national average commute on… Read more »

+1 Mark H

…and a slight correction: the Volt can be driven entirely on electricity up to its top speed of 100mph (160kph). The engine sometimes comes on to assist below this speed, but I’ve driven mine up to (nearly) full speed and not had the engine turn on.

Nice Job Volt Owners!!!!!!

Being that 10,000 Volts/Amperas outside the US are not being counted (AFAIK since they don’t have OnStar), I wonder how the #’s would compare to Nissan’s #s. How does Nissan collect data worldwide?

If anyone want’s the exact #’s, as of this morn, they are:

300,668,436 EV Miles
478,598,498 Total Miles
15,733,086 Gallons of Fuel Saved

The Leaf S has no telemetry, and on the other models, transmission is only attempted for a given trip if the driver clicks “ok / accept” on the (no-so)-welcome screen, if cellphone coverage allows it, etc…

So the data Nissan has is also partial at best, but probably good enough to derive a reasonably accurate aggregate estimate.

The total recorded for each vehicle could be adjusted during the 15k/yearly “maintenance” visits (aka: we rotated the tires, the rest looks good, have a nice day)…


You’ve got it all wrong. The Volt is NOT an EV! OK? 😉

Volt = 300,000,000 Leaf = 317,000,000
Since there are more Leafs on the road than Volts it appears that Volt drivers are logging more electric miles per EV than Leafs. Interesting.

Not surprising. The Leaf is cheaper, so people who don’t drive much in the first place will likely pick it over the Volt.

Volt owners are more likely to use up all of the battery’s range, since they have the gas engine as back-up.

If I had to drive 50-60 miles one-way to work every day, I wouldn’t want to do it in a Leaf, even if I could charge at work.

Fantastic amphibian.

Just to throw one more number out there. From the Model S fire statement, “That equates to 1 vehicle fire for every 20 million miles driven, compared to 1 fire in over 100 million miles for Tesla.”

I think this is counting Roadster miles also, but if you compare the total number of vehicles sold, this is a very impressive number. The SuperCharger network could make Model S the winner in EV miles, even with lower sales volumes.

Re: Nissan also has a ticker for their all-electric LEAF
Where is this located?

Hey Scott,

Because its KM-based, you only find it on all the non-US/Euro Nissan sites. Here is a link to it as it is displayed in the UK.

Can you guys find out how they are getting their data?


probably on star or when a vehicle comes in for service if not in the USA.
I take it those are US figures only yes ?

Its funny, when we saw the ticker go past 300 million and were writing this up, we actually had a little discussion of should we ’round out’ the story by adding in a point of interest with the LEAF miles driven stat (and graphic)…we almost didn’t for fear things might get sidetracked in the comments.

/glad that didn’t happen, (=