Chevy Volt Owners Collectively Driving 60 Percent of Miles on Electricity

6 years ago by Lyle Dennis 10

The Chevrolet Volt has been on the roads in public hands for a year and a half now, with more than 13,000 copies sold.

Britta Gross is a GM specialist in change of infrastructure, and she made some comments at the recent EVS26 Conference on how people collectively are using their Volts.

She reported that 1 in 4 Volt drivers are managing to drive their cars exclusively on electricity.

The car can be charged at 220 or 110 Volt, and she reported that only half have opted to get the 220 V charger inside in their garages.  The charger and installation are more expensive, so many are just slow charging.

For the entire fleet overall, 60% of miles are electric only.

Nearly 1000 Volt owners have registered there cars on an independent site called Voltstats.net.  In April for example the group collectively achieved 150 mpg.

GMs official Volt tracker collecting data from all cars sold shows that over 61 million miles have been driven with nearly 37 million of those miles EV only:

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

For comparison I have driven my Volt  roughly 11,000 miles with a lifetime MPG of 205, and  I use the 220 charger installed in my garage.

Reference (USA Today)

10 responses to "Chevy Volt Owners Collectively Driving 60 Percent of Miles on Electricity"

  1. Jay Cole says:

    Count me as the ‘other half’, I just trickle charge.

    …but its probably because I am cheap and only charge overnight anyway, (=

    1. Schmeltz says:

      New phrase in the EV world…

      “You’re such an other halfer!” 🙂

  2. It’s really interesting that 25% have learned they could live with a ~40 mile BEV. I wonder what the percentage of drivers that drove exclusively on electricity would be if the Volts AER was 90 or 100 miles?

    1. Schmeltz says:

      I pondered this too Tom…I would guess that even with a small 10 mile AER increase, we would see some real big increases in electric-only driving. Nice.

  3. SpaceVolt says:

    I would agree that every incremental increase in AER in the Volt is worth pursuing. If the pack stays the same size in subsequent model years, and the cell packs continue to decrease in weight and increase in capacity, there is potential for our “early” model Volts to get increased range down the road. I’d love to be able to replace the 288 cells in my Volt one-at-a-time or in small clusters as they degrade, with double or triple capacity cells hopefully available and maybe even for a good price at that point in the future. (My typical commute gets me 44-47 EV miles, and then I try to coast the remaining 5-10 or so miles on gas. If I don’t drive between buildings much at work, I get 250+ mpg for the day and use only ~0.1 gallons of gas. Every few miles brings me down until I get to about 150 mpg and 0.4 or 0.5 gallons for the day. I’m right on the line where a bit of extra range would be perfect).

    1. MrEnergyCzar says:

      I doubt you’d replace them. Once they see the batteries last they’ll re-program them to be drawn down to say 20% from the current 29% to get a few more miles….

      MrEnergyCzar

  4. MrEnergyCzar says:

    I’m running about 92% pure EV. I dropped down to 340 mpg after 8,000 miles… I don’t like the short range of the plug-in ford, accord or prius…

    MrEnergyCzar

  5. Kirk says:

    I am averaging 90% after three months in my Volt. If you fit the under 50mile a day profile, it is hard to beat the Volt.

    Still driving on my original tank of gas, 4 gallons left from the dealers fill up.

  6. Koz says:

    The biggest boost to EV range will come with workplace and apartment parking area charging. Sure, cells are getting better all the time and that will help too those improvements are in small increments. Being able to charge at work and home gives the Volt ~75 daily EV miles and the upgrade costs relatively little, has no increased weight, and is retroactive for all EVs.

  7. Glen says:

    I’ve had my Volt now for 13 months, driven 9000 miles on just 30 gallons of gasoline. I charge at home with a Blink EV 240 volt charger and at work where we have two Biinks now.
    I really enjoy my Volt and talk about it to all of our friends. What a great car!
    Glen