Volt Edging Close To One Hundred Million Miles Covered

As we stand this weekend, all Chevrolet Volts combined are hedging close to one hundred million cumulative miles driven.

General Motor’s Chevrolet division publishes the cumulative miles covered by its Volts around the world on the Volt’s official Web page.

At 2:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the total miles driven was over 97,745,191 while the total EV miles driven were over 61,587,353. The amount of gallons of fuel saved estimated by Chevrolet was 3,254,157 … and these numbers are ticking continually higher …

In fact, the numbers represent real-time data reads from Volt vehicles around the world. The Volt is sold either as a Volt or Ampera under the Chevrolet brand in North America, Opel brand in continental Europe, Vauxhall brand in the UK and later this year the Volt will be sold under the Holden brand in Australia.

Based on GM’s official production numbers, 35,000 Volt/Amperas have been manufactured since November 2010, with approximately 25,000 of them in hands of customers and another 10,000 either in transit toward various dealerships around the world or on dealers’ lots.

All Voltec cars – whether they are called Volt or Ampera – are built in in Michigan at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

We turned to the VoltStats.net website to gain more insight on how users use their Volt.

The Web site Volt Stats interfaces with the OnStar Web service used by the iPhone/Android RemoteLink apps to collect data about the performance of Volts driving in the real world. 1,248 Volt owners have agreed to have their data tracked on Volt Stats.

In June 2012, total miles driven by 1,218 cars was 1,194,979.36, with 905,107.72 of those being EV miles, representing over 75 percent of the distance traveled.

One user known as CT GM-Volt, has covered 13,158.04 EV miles out of the 13,185.12 total miles covered by his/her Volt. Impressive to see the EV miles represent over 99 percent of miles driven. This user has the best average mpg at 6204.50. The worst average mpg is 36.69.

Of all 1,218 users tracked, 303 of them have EV miles average representing 90 percent or more of the distance covered. Quite a few of the cars have already covered over 40,000 miles.

It is hard to find data reliability-wise. Research on various forums and other sources have not come up with anything major yet. Then again, the Volt relies on less moving parts than a conventional car when on the move and is not using the combustion engine as much, so mechanical issues will likely take longer to appear.

Overall, the first million miles of the Volt demonstrate GM has properly done its homework before launching its technology flagship.

  • Chris G

    I would love to consider the purchase of a Volt. I just can’t justify that type of purchase as I no longer have the annual income to take advantage of the tax incentives. Any thoughts?

  • MrEnergyCzar

    They should have a counter on their site showing how many soldiers were saved from going to the Middle East….


  • Chris C.

    Chris G, it’s easy: lease it. By leasing you are getting the benefit of the tax credit, just indirectly via the bank that is leasing the car to you. Lots of retirees have taken advantage of the credit this way.

    If you’ve never done a lease, you do need to do some research. Leases can get complicated and you can easily get fleeced if you are not paying close attention. Go to my website, go to the GM-Volt.com FAQ that I link to there, and look for the lease info links.

    Back to the article, by my calculation the counter should pass 100 million miles at around 4am ET on Tuesday morning, assuming the 2:50pm data point in the article was US Eastern time.

    While the extreme cases mentioned in the article are interesting, more significant are the AVERAGE performance numbers. For example, based on the (excellent) VoltStats.net data set, the average Volt owner drives over TWO THIRDS of his/her miles on the car pure electrically. Typically this is A) pure electric commuting, combined with B) gas-mode roadtrips.

    This car is a huge technological achievement. As William Gibson said, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.

  • Capt. Concernicus

    @ MrEnergyCzar,

    That’s an easy calculation. Zero!

    Zero soldiers lives have been saved because of the Volt.

  • Duude

    That’s all of 3,910 miles a piece. That’s awfully low. Could that be a misprint or do they spend a lot time in the shop?

  • clin

    Sounds about right. Sales were slow last year but picked up this year after Feb when the new HOV lane low-emissions version came out in CA. Sales in Europe only just began, so the majority of Volts on the road are only a few months old.

  • tgordi

    Assuming about 19 gallon gas being extracted from a barrel of oil, over 150,000 barrels less were consumed because of the electric driven miles. That’s not bad at all. And considering most of the cars are in the US, we not only kept $$ in the country, we also (hopefully) produced some jobs generating the electricity used. People: 1 – Oil companies/dictators sitting on the oil: 0. :-)

  • BillM

    @tgordi….it’s a small, small, small start, but 150,000 barrels of oil, considering what the US consumes in one day, means we need to sell about 1,000 volts a day to really make a dent! I’d also like to see some figures on what the Volt/Ampera owners combined paid for the electricity it took to charge the cars, so we could get a better understanding about the cost of ownership!

  • The Amazing Chevy Volt EREV- Facts Guy

    Hi BillM,

    Have had my Volt since March 12, 2012. I have driven over 5,500 miles and have used 3 1/2 gallons of gas. Electricity that comes out of the wall socket from my baement by way of a 10 gage, 50′ extension cord fills up my electron tank. This takes anywhere from 3 to 4 hours as I plug in at work as well.

    I plug in at home, work, restraunt outdoor 110V outlets that now I patronize the heck out of. I plug in at the Days Inn and other motells that now I patronize heavily. I plug in for free behind MSU Football Statium ( ChargePoint L2 ) when I have business at MSU-

    Cost for my normal 45- 50 miles per charge- Bout A Buck A Day!

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    Thank You For Listening-

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