2011 Chevrolet Volt owners are doing just as General Motors hoped: they are plugging in their cars every night. Thanks to this, Volt drivers are seeing “1000 miles before they fill up the gas tank,” Volt vehicle line director Tony Posawatz told Automotive News in an interview.
That number may sound incongruous with GM’s own information -- the company says the Chevrolet Volt can travel up to 35 miles on electricity alone, and a further 344 miles using an onboard gasoline engine. Chevrolet Volt spokesman Rob Peterson explains that because the majority of owners charge their vehicle every night and drive fewer than 35 miles each day, they can go for days without using a drop of gasoline, and in some cases, up to 1000 miles before refilling the Volt’s 9.3-gallon fuel tank.
Peterson said that testimonials from buyers of the $41,000 (including destination) Volt reveal they have a strong interest in driving on electricity as much as possible. They charge the vehicle regularly and typically have short daily commutes.
“Customers are buying this vehicle and fitting it into their lifestyle,” Peterson said. “They’re using [the Volt] as we intended.” GM has been happy with Volt owners’ experiences, but are you surprised by the findings? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Sources: Automotive News, Chevrolet