Chevy Volt Electric And Fuel Economy Tests Exceed EPA Numbers


How does 63 Miles of EV range and 48 MPG sound to you?

So you think the 2018 Chevy Volt can go only 53 miles on electricity and achieve 42 MPG and 106 MPGe? Well, those estimated EPA numbers of course vary by condition. With a light foot and favorable weather, the Chevy Volt can far outperform those numbers. This test by YouTube channel Fuel Economy certainly puts those EPA estimations to shame.

The test begins with a full tank and a full charge of the battery. The estimated EV range before he begins is 56 miles (91 km). Estimated range on gas is 312 miles (503 km) For the test, the driver spends one week without re-charging the battery or re-fueling the vehicle. During this test, the weather was mild so the A/C and heater were not used. So don’t expect such excellent performance in the dead of winter.

After starting the test, the Volt goes 62 miles (100 km) in all electric mode with 1 mile (2 km) remaining on the charge. If he were to re-charge the Volt’s 18.4 kWh battery at this point, he calculates his cost at just under $1.40 CAD. This is based on electric rates in his area of .065 / kWh plus taxes. Although some energy would of course be lost during charge process.

Chevy Volt EV Range

For the rest of the week, the Volt is driven entirely in hybrid mode. During that time, he goes 196 miles (316 km) for a combined driving total of 259 miles (418 km). The car was driven ~50% at highway speeds and ~50% city.

At the end of the week, the tank was 50% full when refueled. The car cost him $19.50 CAD to refuel the 8.9 gallon tank. If he were to fill up in the United States at $2.50 / gallon, it would have cost him roughly $10.

Even with the favorable conditions, these are very impressive numbers. Check out the video to see how the fuel economy was achieved and even learn more about the operation of the Volt.

Video Description via Fuel Economy on YouTube:

We test the fuel economy of the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt’s closest competitors are:

– Toyota Prius Prime

– Honda Clarity

– Hyundai Ioniq


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GM is going to have some challenges when the $7500 federal tax credit is cut in the beginning of 2019 as competition will have a price advantage.

Which competition and which price advantage? Please explain.

Clarity PHEV is the closest since it’s priced essentially the same but has more room inside. Since Honda still has a lot of tax credits left, the price advantage will be even bigger.

The Honda Edsel/Clarity?
The car Honda built so ugly they’d only sell 2 a year per dealership?
That Honda Clarity?

The Clarity is ugly, but so is the Bolt. I know, not apples to apples, but the Volt could use a price drop when the credit gets cut in half. And I will bet dollars to doughnuts that the Bolt and the Volt get a $2,000-$3,000 price drop as soon the credit gets cut in half. Not enough to keep them marginally competitive but enough that GM can claim they reacted to the reduction. Albeit ineffectually.

They tax credit will be expanded till 2021

We hope

At $5000 for Bev, $2000 for 30mile phev
Reduces by 25% per year.

It sounds like Chevy should offer a BEV version of the Volt, and put this fantastic drivetrain into more vehicles.

And where would you suggest they install the extra 12,000 to 42,000 kWh of batteries in the current gen2 Volt chassis? Unless they can fit 30-60kWh in the same spaces as the current 18kWh pack then that would require new chemistry and higher cell density. Not anytime soon. Waste of money and R&D on a small hatchback. Americans want big SUVs.

The gas tank…Yet I do agree an Equinox EV for $35K with optional AWD would have sold well with the $7500 tax credit…

From your mouth to GM’s ears.

Problem is, the Equinox crossover SUV is built upon the same platform as the Cruze and Volt and for many years people have been literally begging GM to make EREV versions but our cries have only fallen on deaf ears.

Meanwhile, CEO Mary Barra quips that “some EV companies'” products cannot be serviced in the state where you purchased them. It is well known GM is funding lawsuits in several U.S, states by auto dealer associations blocking Tesla from direct selling or servicing their cars…

So we can wish or hope GM does more with it’s truly innovative and proven EV and EREV tech, but corporate has very right reigns on this ever competing against their very profitable gasoline- powered products.

I see the anti-GM FUD machine is still going strong.

I just want two things fixed, and they have a buyer.
-Put out a Wagon version, with more rear seat headroom.
-Put in a real rear independent suspension, you know like real cars have.
If I’m dropping $40,000, I really expect a modern suspension and rear seat headroom.

I can’t help feeling this car was literally designed to sell in low numbers.

you wouldn’t drop $40k on one. they are much cheaper than that.

base model is $35k
-$7500 federal
-$2500 state incentive (MA and others)
= $25k

-$1000 utility incentive (not as common as state incentives but still fairly common. $1000 is based on RMLD current incentive)

– $9500 dealer discounts (current 2018MY is discounted heavily, can do better than this if you look around but $9500 is guaranteed through mass energy drive green)

net price: $14.5k

it’s compelling, but I actually just got a Honda Clarity instead. similar msrp but lower dealer discounts. much larger cabin, active safety comes standard, a very nice car. net out of pocket closer to $19k

Yes, wagon version, thank you! And a little more ground clearance. I’m good with the current rear suspension. A little more room for my bike and a little more ground clearance and this car would be perfect.

The Volt platform is a compromise. I like my 2013 Volt but it is too small and the battery tunnel is too intrusive. Batteries under the cabin make more sense that the T battery the Volt has.

That’s how you don’t do a test.

how do you start the article with misinformation despite being an EV s site?!

“So you think the 2018 Chevy Volt can go only 53 miles on electricity and achieve 42 MPG for a total of 106 MPGe? ”

MPGe has literally nothing to do with the gas fuel economy. your lead in suggests otherwise. there is rampant misunderstanding out there in the world and you are making it worse with this.

Not the best article, but yes – My 2017 Volt typically exceeds EPA estimates on both MPG and MPGe with normal driving. This has been the general consensus for a while.

I believe most cars beat their EPA numbers now, if you try.
Except for Subaru’s. Their always on four wheel drive system really sucks at gas mileage. I was always 2 mpg lower then EPA no matter how Prius like I drove the car.

he calculates his cost at just under $1.40 CAD. This is based on electric rates in his area of .065 / kWh plus taxes.
That’s incredible. We here in New York City pay ConEd $ 0.3452 per kwh. A gallon of regulator gas is currently only $ 3.099.

The Volt is the most technically amazing, least understood and unappreciated car now available. In reality and for all practical purposes it is an EV with a range extender generator. Traction power (except for extremely rare occasions) is soley battery supplied; the charge sourced from the power company down the road or the power plant under the hood. Calling the Volt a hybrid (where combustion couples with electrons to provide motion ala Prius), is inaccurate, quite possibly costing GM sales of their most brilliantly crafted product.

While I agree the Volt is highly misunderstood and deserves more credit than it gets, the reality is on a technical level it does work exactly like the transaxle in a Prius, especially the Prius Prime. The only significant difference is the Volt simply has a much beefier setup that can deliver more amps (thus more horsepower) and of course the larger, liquid-cooled battery pack. Calling the Volt a hybrid is absolutely accurate. And it’s the best hybrid on the market right now. And I agree that calling it a hybrid, while technically accurate, can mislead some people because they have grown accustomed to the Prius’s smaller battery and slower performance. But that still doesn’t make it incorrect to use the term.

Well, there you have it. Two opposing definitions – one of them totally inaccurate. I traded in my Prius on a Volt thinking that the Volt was a hybrid on steroids. How wrong I was. My driving habits seldom exceed my batteries capacity which enabled me to drive all year without buying gas. The “generator” would occasionally insist on running for 5 minutes “for maintenance” and when so doing, supplied NO power to the wheels. After one year of no combustion, a “stale fuel” event occurs automatically putting the car in “hold” mode which runs the generator for current production TO THE BATTERY ONLY (no energy to the drive train) and will continue to do so until some gas is added to the tank. So, like a BMW i3 with a range extender option, the Volt is a range extended EV, not a hybrid. Definitions aside, the Volt remains an outstanding machine to which most owners, like me, will attest.

Some people put gas in once a month.
Less imported oil means less OPEC leverage.

It was the Saudi’s who Funded the 911 terrorists.
So, yeah, it’s our national duty to cut their funding, if you’re a Real American.

So agree. 🖕🇸🇦

Where these downvotes coming from

Less money to the Saudis

It’s really variable. On some days with warm weather we get into the 60’s for ev range and on the cold winter days it’s in the low 30’s. All ev’s suffer the same fate, range is highly dependent on speed and environmental conditions.
It was a huge shock when I bought my Volt in December and it would not come close to doing 54 miles on electric as I expected. Then in the summer it will easily go 60+. With my driving cycle winter tanks are 600 miles per and summer are 1200+.

Fill up in the US for $2.50? You must be in the southern states that don’t fix their roads and reside right next to the refinery.

$2.55 a gallon here in Ohio

You are a bit off on the volume of kWh usable. The 2016-18 volt uses 14 units, not 18+… 14*.065 = 91 cents per 102km, not 1.2… Obviously there will be charging losses, but total costs at .065 should still be under a buck to top up…

FYI, while the battery pack is 18.6kWh, only 14kWh is actually used for EV driving. So, electricity costs are slightly lower. Also, in my 2018 I have always exceeded EPA estimates around town in both range and fuel economy. However, on the highway, I have averaged below EPA. Driving 70-75mph, and still having other cars flying by me, I have gotten about 43 miles of EV range and about 38mpg. This was in ideal weather with rolling hills in upstate SC.

22 kw battery should be the next improvement. It will have the range of if 1st edition i3

You can obviously do better than EPA numbers with a light foot. True of any vehicle. Standardized tests exist for a reason.

I get 80 to 100 km on a single charge. VOLT 1.0, that is.