Volt Wins Another Plug-In/Electric Segment Award

The first annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards were announced yesterday and the Chevrolet Volt led the way in the emerging plug-in/electric segment.

As alternative fuel technology becomes more popular in the fleet industry, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf tend to get strong consideration. But when the results were analyzed, the Chevrolet Volt earned top honors with ownership costs that were lower than the Leaf due to its strong depreciation results. With lowest lifecycle costs in all 24 lifecycle scenarios, including low and high distance and short and long term lifecycle periods, the Chevrolet Volt won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada award in the emerging plug-in/electric segment for the 2012 model year.

To determine the 2012 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards, Vincentric analyzed over 1,700 vehicle configurations in 24 different lifecycle cost scenarios, using eight cost factors including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. The lifecycle costs were measured in all ten provinces, with the resulting 3,000,000-plus (all categories) lifecycle cost measurements then reviewed to determine the winning vehicles.

This award follows another one given in the U.S. by Vincentric to the flagship Chevrolet in March when the Volt won for the second year in a row the “Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Car” category in Vincentric’s Best Value in America awards.


  • Vincent V.

    It seems like the Volt won most of the “being the best” trophies in the North American market. These awards are way too biased. The Volt is too expensive and has bunch of major recalls since its introduction compared to other hybrid cars.

  • SM Boss

    First off, this is MORE proof the Volt is a finely engineered and revolutionary automobile — no amount of criticism can deny that. Simply drive one and the experience will speak for itself, whether you’re comparing it to an American, European or Japanese car…it has no peers.
    To Vincent…’biased’? Toward quality maybe. Expensive? Yes, slightly, BEFORE the $7,500 tax credit buyers get, but in line with similarly equipped cars after. ‘Bunch of major recalls’? Myth…GM has done a voluntary service advisory to bolster the battery pack crash protection following the NHTSA crash test fire DAYS after it was wrecked. Even some Lexus models get recalled.
    This is more of a plug-in car that go 300+ miles on a full tank of gasoline when the battery runs out than a hybrid.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Vincent,

    What are you talking about? Is European car of the year a North American award? NO.

    Volt is just awesome and you have no idea on what you are talking about. Volt has NOT had any major recalls. You are just repeating stupid Fox News lies. Volt will blow away the Leaf and Prius (and its scam Plug-in) in performance that includes ride, handling and acceleration. IT IS the best and fastest EV/EREV under $40k.

    Expensive? Not if you can do math. With rebates and gas saving, it is easily cheaper than average car ($30k) in America…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    At this rate, Volt won’t be able to fit all the awards in its truck… :)

  • Markw

    Hopefully this will help the fleet sales. Even in Canada These have been forced into hold ( ie at GE) due to the politics and heavy handed critics from the right. No doubt after the November us election when corps dont have to worry about being seen as making a political statement fleet sales will start to move…

  • Farquhar Arbuthnott

    The Volt is a hybrid- and a relatively poor example, at that !
    Compare it with the Toyota Prius plug-in :-
    Volt. -v- Prius.
    Range: 350 miles -v- 700+ miles

    EV only range: 35 miles -v- 15.5 miles

    Overall MPG: 93 MPG -v- 134.5MPG
    ( combined real world)

    Fuel tank capacity :
    9.3. -v- 10.6Gallons
    Top speed: 100 MPH. -v- 112 Mph

    Charge time: 6 hours. -v- 1.5 hours
    (portable charger using 240volt power cord)

    Battery/ hybrid warranty :
    8 years-v- 8 years
    Engine power
    output : 86 BHP / 63 kw. -v- 98 BHP

    Electric motor output:
    111 kw(149 BHO) -v- 60 kw (80 BHP)

    Total available power output :
    149 BHP -v- 134 BHP

    Cabin room: 4 seater -v- 5 seater

    CD : 0.287 -v- 0.25

    Music HD memory: 30 gig -v- 40gig

    Cost: $ 39,000.+ -v- $38,000
    (Before rebates)

    Safety: N-cap 5* -v- N-cap 5*

    Hence one vehicle above would appear to be significantly superior to the other……… guess which one.

    The thinking man’s choice would be……

  • Farquhar Arbuthnott

    The Volt is a hybrid- and a relatively poor example, at that !
    Compare it with the Toyota Prius plug-in :-
    Volt. -v- Prius.
    Range: 350 miles -v- 700+ miles

    EV only range: 35 miles -v- 15.5 miles

    Overall MPG: 93 MPG -v- 134.5MPG
    ( combined real world)

    Fuel tank capacity :
    9.3. -v- 10.6Gallons
    Top speed: 100 MPH. -v- 112 Mph

    Charge time: 6 hours. -v- 1.5 hours
    (portable charger using 240volt power cord)

    Battery/ hybrid warranty :
    8 years-v- 8 years
    Engine power
    output : 86 BHP / 63 kw. -v- 98 BHP

    Electric motor output:
    111 kw(149 BHO) -v- 60 kw (80 BHP)

    Total available power output :
    149 BHP -v- 134 BHP

    Cabin room: 4 seater -v- 5 seater

    CD : 0.287 -v- 0.25

    Music HD memory: 30 gig -v- 40gig

    Cost: $ 39,000.+ -v- $38,000
    (Before rebates)

    Safety: N-cap 5* -v- N-cap 5*

    Hence one vehicle above would appear to be significantly superior to the other……… guess which one.

    The thinking man’s choice would be……