Chevy Volt Owners Surpass 500 Million Electric Miles

JUN 17 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 34

Chevy Volt Milestone

Chevy Volt Milestone

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

General Motors is thrilled to announce that Chevrolet Volt owners have surpassed a big milestone: 500 million pure electric miles.

In addition, GM says that “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.”

Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer, stated:

“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.”

Also of interest in regards to the Chevy Volt, GM will be have an impromptu chat about the EREV started at 3pm on their Facebook page.  The company teased it thusly:

“Volt owners, join us for a Facebook Chat tomorrow at 3pm EST with Bill Wallace, Director of Battery Systems Engineering for the Chevrolet Volt. We’ll be celebrating a big achievement and answering your Volt questions! Can you guess what the milestone is?”

We imagine the ‘big achievement/milestone’ is what we just reported however.

More details on how the Chevy Volts are performing in the real world can be found in the General Motors press release attached below:

Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass Half a Billion Electric Miles
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.

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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34 Comments on "Chevy Volt Owners Surpass 500 Million Electric Miles"

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muchski

http://www.nissan.co.uk/GB/en/experience-nissan/future-today/nissan-electric.html
Volt 500k miles
Leaf 806k km
Since 500k miles = 800k km, does that mean Volt and Leaf are almost neck and neck in terms of total electric km?

Mark H

Depends on how you look at it. There are nearly double the LEAFs on the roads. Volt drivers actually drive more electric miles than LEAF drivers.

Yeah, it’s definitely an interesting statistic. It makes sense, Volt owners need not be afraid of running out of battery.

It would be interesting if there were a study to determine how many kWh of a BEV pack goes unused (on average) due to not wanting to be stranded.

Brian

I’m not convinced the difference is fear, or “range anxiety” so much as people buy the car that fits their needs. For people that drive a lot of miles, the Leaf may not work, especially given that the winter range of a Leaf is similar to the summer range of the Volt.

Please stop blaming this statistic on range anxiety unless you can provide evidence.

Mark H

Definitely two different applications that everyone always wants to mix together. I wonder if the “city car range” of 60-80 miles will continue to evolve when more vehicles like the next gen LEAF offers 150 miles of range. For me, 150 miles is perfect. I am very much a 40kWh BEV and 15-20kWh EREV kinda guy. I liked the 40kWh Models S the best of all. With over 200 ICEs to choose from, I suppose it is normal that we want everything “just right/our way” in our auto. I guess EVs are no different.

Brian,

Show me anybody who uses all the gas in their gas tank before arriving to a gas station.

Similarly, it’s simply impossible for everyone in a BEV to always use all their battery’s energy density. It’s statistics.

Just like a gasoline car will never use all the gasoline before arriving at a gas station, a BEV will never use all its energy before arriving at a charging station.

That’s why, given a similar sized battery, a plug-in hybrid is likely to travel more electric miles than a full electric.

mike w

My wife runs the gas all the way down in her truck. So often in fact that she burned up 3 fuel pumps in 70,000 miles. Lets see the Volt has a 16 KWH battery but only uses 10.5 of that and the LEAF has a 24 KWH battery but only uses 21 of that so you would expect the LEAF to have more all electric miles than the Volt.

It’s just statistics Mike. Your wife runs gas all the way down but the majority of the population does not. Some people run the Leaf battery all the way down, but the majority similarly does not.

The point John made below is also quite relevant. This effect biases the statistical dsitribution for a plug-in, in that far more trips result in the battery being fully used.

When EV’s have fast charge capability and longer ranges, it won’t matter, but right now that’s not the case. It will be soon though, I hope. 🙂

mike w

Well you are probably correct but the commenter said “show me anybody” not good wording on his part.

John Hansen

Brian, anecdotal evidence is easy to come by. I know a BEV owner who has come very close to being stranded a couple times (resorting to charging at 110). As a result, my wife refuses to drive a short range EV, and that absolutely is due to range anxiety.

In any case, since you can’t make trips over ~65 miles in a Leaf (including a 10 mile buffer), that means that you get 0 miles of EV driving in the Leaf vs 38 miles of EV driving in a Volt for all of those trips. The only time when a Leaf can drive further on electricity than a Volt is on trips between 38 and 65 miles, which is a pretty narrow window. Thus, most people end up putting more electric miles on a Volt than a Leaf.

Thomas J. Thias

Not quite, muchski, lol.

The Chevy Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle total EV miles is sourced from the North America OnStar reporting fleet.

Since all model year 2011 came with 5 years of free Onstar from new and model year 2012, 2013 ,2014 came with 3 free OnStar from new this data is pulled from most all North American Chevy Volts exclusively.

The Nissan Leaf miles driven data as seen above is global.

Ps. If you have purchaced a used Chevy Volt EREV, unless as salvage, rebuilt or other disqualifyer event, your OnStar with Directions/Connections including free smart phone app are currently FREE!

With your Volt running, radio on, push the OnStar Blue Button, THE ONE ON THE CEILING, NOT THE START/STOP VOLT BUTTON, and an ONSTAR represenative will tell you the remaining time based on when sold new, acivate for free and explain the systems to you!

Best-

Thomas J. Thias

Sundance Chevrolet Inc.

517-749-0532

Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

Brian

Still not quite. Nissan’s numbers are pulled from CarWings, which is not even an option on their entry-level “S” trim Leaf. Therefore, the Leaf numbers are necessarily an underestimate. Since the S trim has been selling fairly well, it could be quite a large underestimate.

muchski

Good point with the S trim, that could be a huge proportion.

Definitely unclear exactly what data sets we are looking at so hard to make a good head to head comparison.

I agree that you cannot infer that range anxiety is the reason. I like the view that probably just better lined up with person’s needs. It would be foolish for example to get a leaf if you are the small fraction of commuters doing over 100 miles per day all the time.

What I take from this, is combined, we are over 1 billion EV miles.
🙂

Brian

And that is the point, right? 🙂

Throw in Tesla, and you get even higher. Worldwide, we could even hit 2 billion by the end of the year!

Mint

I seriously doubt that Nissan is ignoring S trim mileage in that counter.

It’s a marketing figure. They’re not going to ignore a bunch of their sales. At worst they’ll take the average mileage per car from Carwings and multiply it across the fleet.

muchski

I can’t find a good resource that tracks all electric mileage for the big 3: Leaf, Tesla, and Volt.

Anyone find a link that tracks all 3 simultaneously? Only Nissan has a running counter http://www.nissan.co.uk/GB/en/experience-nissan/future-today/nissan-electric.html

but I don’t know what method it uses, presumably it estimates the counter between intervals where data refreshed from Carwings data.

Also hearing conflicting info, some saying Volt counts all mileage as there is no location data by default whereas many may opt out of Nissan Carwings due to warning every time you start car that ask if you agree or not to submit anonymous data.

Thoughts? Links that track all 3?

mpgood

Chevy tracks Volt EV and total miles. Looks like they put it on pause to focus on the 500M EV miles. Based on previous data it appears that the US Volt fleet is adding about 1M EV miles per day.

http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html

I’ve been tracking it for some time. The US Volt fleet actually broke 500 million miles last week:

6/10/2014 500,859,911

http://www.kdawg.com

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac211/kdawg2011/VoltMiles20140610_zpsa9191c2d.jpg

Kent

Does anyone know if the Volt ticker is still working? I haven’t been able to see the stats for a couple of months now. “mpgood” stated that it seems GM put it in pause, but I haven’t been able to see the stats for a while.

I’m still able to grab the data.

Today’s is:

6/17/2014
EV Miles = 507,878,880
Tota Miles = 812,420,396
Gallons of gas saved = 26,373,392

Where do you grab the data from and how? The flash display on the Volt website is pretty awful.

I had one of my buddies who’s a programmer write some script to grab it once a day and throw it in a database. He was able to look at the website and figure out where the data is at. Then my Google Docs spreadsheet pulls the data from his database, and throws it into a chart. Then I used Google sites to make a webpage to show the graphs.

Nice, I didn’t realize they had text-like data that could be easily captured. Glad they do. 🙂

enekom

I surpassed 42 ev miles/charge

Andrew

I regularly get over 40 miles of range (actual and predicted) and have exceeded 50 miles actual range many times.

No noticeable battery degradation after almost 30k miles of mostly EV driving.

Ari Colin

Well my 53,000 EV miles means that I have contributed over 0.01% to this total!

muchski

I’ve heard some sources say that Carwings use is not very prevalent so it is possible over 1 billion km have already been reached by Nissan but then again sounds like underreporting in the Chevy camp too so we’ll have to use these metrics for now to see who reaches 1 billion km (625 million miles) first and then 1 billion miles first (1.6 billion km)!

realdb2

Does every comment section on this site have to turn into a (Plug in Car A) vs (Plug in Car B) discussion?

I own a Volt because it’s the best option for my driving situation. For others the Leaf or Model S may be the best choice for them.

Nothing wrong with a little spirited competition but it gets a little tiring on every comment section.

Brian

I agree (although I’m also guilty of the same!)

We’re all in this together.

Mark H

+1

+1.

Similarly, stating inherent benefits of Type A versus Type B doesn’t need to be interpreted as an attack on Type B.

There’s a lot of people that are simply antagonistic, but there are others that are just trying to look at the data and understand it.

Some people instantly get defensive when no insult to one technology over the other is intended.

There’s way too much EV infighting. Let’s hold off on that until we reach 10% of all new car sales.

ModernMarvelFan

I hope this at least would hold off some of the “hate” from BEV purist on Volt and maybe we would all gather around to celebrate all Plugin cars!!!

Okay, maybe NOT that far, we should still exclude the Prius Plugins. 🙂

mike w

I agree its a stretch calling the PI Prius a “Plug in”.