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Chevrolet Says Volt Owners Gas Up Once a Month

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The Chevrolet Volt is essentially an electric vehicle with an all-electric range of about 35 miles. That doesn’t sound like much compared to the Nissan Leaf’s promise of 100 miles between charge ups but the Volt’s ability to keep going for another 300 miles or so after the electricity runs out is something cars like the Leaf can’t do.

Still, the Volt uses gasoline and the Leaf does not, there’s no way around that. If you’re morally opposed to using fossil fuel for your personal transportation needs then the Leaf is the right car for you. Since the Volt does use gasoline to run an on-board generator which makes electricity, the idea of fuel efficiency is relevant to Volt owners. But just how much gas does Volt require? It’s hard to say because driving habits vary widely. Even the EPA’s fuel economy web site is a little confusing when trying to figure out how much fuel a Volt will consume as we previously reported.

If you were driving a Volt in full gasoline mode with the 1.4 liter engine running all the time, the Volt would get about the same fuel economy as a car like the Kia Optima Hybrid; 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. If you use mostly electricity when driving your Volt, the EPA says you can get 90-95 miles per gallon or mpg-e, the electric equivalent to miles per gallon. The federal government’s fueleconomy.gov web site also has a way owners can submit their mileage and based on two Volt owners submitting data, the average fuel economy is for a Chevy Volt is 65.6 mpg but can be as high as 158 miles per gallon.

General Motors and Chevrolet just released some real world fuel economy figures of their own and it supports the idea that many owners will get 100 miles per gallon or more. According to Chevrolet, Volt owners in the month of March went an average of 30 days before needing to gas up. Those same owners averaged 1,000 miles on one tank of gas.

For some, like Steve Wojtanek, a Volt buyer in Boca Raton, Florida that translates to roughly 122 miles per gallon. His Volt has 3,400 miles on it so far. Wojtanek says he visits the gas station about once a month – he’s been a Volt owner since December 2010. Chevrolet gave another example of a Greenville, South Caroline resident who’s racked up 4,600 miles on his Volt and has used just one tank of gas meaning he’s getting more than 500 miles per gallon. Examples like this are likely rare but 100 miles per gallon may be more real than anyone first guessed.

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Chevrolet Says Volt Owners Gas Up Once a Month - Autotrader