To Date, Chevy Volt Drivers Have Saved 108 Million Gallons Of Gas

OCT 8 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

That’s the whole point. To not use gas, right?

Chevrolet Volt owners contributed their fair part of not using as much gas as possible.

In total, some 147,000 Chevrolet Volts in the U.S. already covered some 2.6 billion miles and saved 108 million gallons of gas.

That’s a lot. The Volt has always been equipped with one of the biggest batteries (in a PHEV) and thanks a to range of 53 miles (85 km), most drives could be completed in all-electric mode. With the new 7.2 kW on-board charger for the 2019 model year, the average all-electric driving share willΒ go slightly up.

Sadly, sales of the Chevrolet Volt over the past couple of years have not been growing and as GM is approaching the federal tax credit limit, which will trigger a phase out of incentives, the Volt will likely not be able to expand on the market.

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – September 2018

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13 Comments on "To Date, Chevy Volt Drivers Have Saved 108 Million Gallons Of Gas"

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Martin T.

Congrats that what plug in Volts can do.
They should include world wide as there are Volt owners out side of USA as well πŸ™‚

Ziv

I am one of the people that the Volt works really well for. I have 40,000 miles on my 2013, I have used 44 gallons of gasoline and I use around 70 cents worth of electricity every night to charge it, so my total fuel bill is around $24 a month. I travel to visit family about every third month and use the genset every time I do so. I could probably make a Bolt work, but it would be marginal.
Plus I like the look of my Volt and don’t like the look of the Bolt at all. Pity, I like the utility of the Bolt even more than I like the spacious hatch on my Volt.

bro1999

Not bad for a “hybrid”, as the BEV purist snobs label the Volt.

TM21

I don’t think the purists have ever owned a hybrid. I think one should have owned a hybrid and experienced one before snubbing it. Hybrids are perfectly wonderful for today.

BillT

The BEV purists irritate me and I now own a BEV. I think they do a disservice to EV adoption because it will be several years before battery pack prices allow main stream cars (mid-sized sedans and especially CUVs) at prices main stream buyers can afford. By that I mean near the $25K ASAP of CamCords and $28K CRV/RAV4/Rogue ASAPs.

Will

It’s a REx to me. All electric

bioburner

Snob the GM label not just the Volt label. Saved 108 million gallons of gas and required almost nothing to be spent on building a charging network. How many labels can say that?

TM21

@Mark Kane – it is good to put large numbers in perspective, like: The US consumes about 391 million gallons of gasoline a day, so that Volt drivers have cumulatively saved about 6 hours of gasoline driving on a typical day.

I’ll take that as a positive as it actually makes a noticeable dent.

CDAVIS

@TM21 said:β€œ… it is good to put large numbers in perspective, like: The US consumes about 391 million gallons of gasoline a day, so that Volt drivers have cumulatively saved about 6 hours of gasoline driving on a typical day…”
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To put that into scale perspective the US consumes about 590/day Olympic size pools of gas (215,350/year). The Chevy Volt has cumulatively to-date saved about 163 Olympic size pools of gas.

BillT

If I wasn’t willing to spend double what my 2014 Volt cost on my model 3, I would still own the Volt because 300 miles was my minimum BEV range. Before people jump on my case with the “but Superchargers are every 100 miles so an SR model 3 is fine” argument I often do round trips to parks that are 50-120 miles away with no charging infrastructure along the way so I need a reliable 240 miles of range. Volts (and now Clarity) are excellent cars for people who want to drive mostly on electricity, need to take road trips and aren’t willing to spend $50K+ on a Tesla. I hope the Volt continues to do well in its niche. I was hoping the Outlander PHEV would do well in the US and motivate GM to put the excellent Voltec powertrain into a CUV but sadly that hasn’t happened.

Ocean Railroader

A oil tanker holds 84 million gallons of oil.

When I was in the Bahamas I saw 4 large oil tankers and in Baltimore I saw six large oil tankers unloading.

My question is how many gallons of gasoline has Tesla offset in the last few weeks with their massive production run up?

Bunny

The amount of gasoline saved was offset by the amount of diesel it took to deliver them across the county (joking)

borat69

Tesla Global Fleet just hit 9B miles (9/11/2018)
@ an average of 20M miles / day
https://electrek.co/2018/09/11/tesla-fleet-9-billion-electric-miles-revolution/
@25MPG U.S. vehicle fuel economy : EPA
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-emissions/u-s-vehicle-fuel-economy-rises-to-record-24-7-mpg-epa-idUSKBN1F02BX
thats 360M gallons total
and 800K gallon / day