As we stand this weekend, all Chevrolet Volt combined are hedging close to the million 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 numers 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 towards 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.