The Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF

Hybridcars.com recently found and explored Idaho National Laboratory's research on all-electric miles driven, presented by engineers Matt Shirk and Barney Carlson to the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress.

INL got a lot of data on several models and compiled it to see estimated annual eVMT (electric vehicle miles traveled).

As you can see, all plug-in cars with an engine drive, on average, a lot more miles (1,000-1,260 instead of around 800 a month). This seems obvious as customers bought those cars because they drive more with longer journeys.

On the other hand, all-electric miles in case of the Chevrolet Volt is similar to BEVs, despite the smaller battery pack and lower all-electric range (compared to BEVs). Chevrolet Volt is almost like a regular BEV... with extended range.

Plug-in hybrids from Ford, Honda and Toyota of course have less all-electric range, which means that their all-electric miles traveled will be lower (2-4 times).

With more range, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt possibly could overtake Nissan LEAF in such stats, but we think that the LEAF will get more range soon too.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Is Expected To Launch In Early Fall(Photo: InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney @ NYAIS - April 2015)

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Is Expected To Launch In Early Fall(Photo: InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney @ NYAIS - April 2015)

Source: hybridcars.com