The Chevy Volt received quite a bit of negative press due to a government agency concern over battery fire potential. Forbes reported in January the problem had been solved. Sales of the unique hybrid vehicle had slow considerably, and the negative press appeared to drown out some of the very positive stories from owners who have achieved thousands of miles per gallon while driving their Volts.
One of the owners is a GM battery engineer who probably drove his Volt almost continuously in the electric mode, but he managed to go 1,554 miles on half a tank of gas, which would be 3,108 miles per gallon. Because he is a professional engineer, he probably knows more than the average driver and therefore can get better mileage, but Jay Leno says he also has achieved extremely high mileage.
His Volt came with a full tank of gas. For the Volt that is just 9.3 gallons, but he has only used half of it, and drove 11,000 miles. The gas mileage for 4.65 gallons and 11,000 miles is well over 2,000! Leno must be keeping his Volt in the all-electric mode and recharging at the office and at home.
Close to 700 miles per gallon has been achieved by another Volt owner, who posted a video about his experience.
LA resident, and actress Alexandra Paul has averaged just 126 miles per gallon, possibly because she has to drive further than the 35 mile all-electric range. She was an EV1 driver and protested its recall and destruction.
GM is offering new leasing options on Volts, to make them more affordable.
Image Credit: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz, Wiki Commons