The Chevy Volt Fleet Passes 400 Million EV Miles Today

by Sandy Dechert

EV Central. EV Sales. The Chevy Volt has now crossed 400 million 'EV miles'
EV Central. EV Sales. The Chevy Volt has now crossed 400 million ‘EV miles’

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EV Central. EV Sales. The Chevy Volt continues to set records
EV Central. EV Sales. The Chevy Volt continues to set records

“See the USA–in your Chevrolet” is the ancient jingle for Chevy’s 20th-century internal combustion engines. The Volt is looking to exceed 133,333 electric-only trips across the USA today, enough to walk the Great Wall of China 30,000 times, as GM’s Jeff Cobb puts it.

The running tally of the Chevy Volt's fleet (EV only miles) has now surpassed 400 million miles and continues apace
The running tally of the Chevy Volt’s fleet (EV only miles) has now surpassed 400 million miles and continues apace

 But 400 million miles is probably the easiest way to express the Volt’s important cumulative “milestone.”

Cobb says that when he checked last night–February 24–at 11:30 pm EST, GM’s running tally of Volt EV-only miles was over 399,700. (See screenshot) That’s a total miles-driven of 640 million and a fuel savings over 21 million gallons of gasoline. The gas money saved could reportedly buy 159 acres of a private island.

You can see the OnStar stats here. “The Most Driven Volt” (serial # 2012-04388) holds the individual record, with over 56,500 EV miles.

One of these top drivers, jegund, also noted in the comments: “Me and Sparkie (congrats), per VoltStats.Net both passed 50,000 EV miles yesterday. For me, I estimate that’s at least 143 trips to the gas station I did not have to make over the almost 3 years of owning my Volt. That’s what I like.”

How does the Volt total compare with competitors? Nissan claimed 429 million miles for the Leaf about three weeks ago, and Mark Z commented this morning on Cobb’s article with a guesstimate of 250 million total miles for the Tesla Roadster and Model S.

(The Volt total distance also amounts to about 840 trips to the moon and back, in case you were wondering.)

This article, Chevy Volt Crossed 400 Million EV Miles Today (Update), is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

EV Central. EV Sales. Sandy DechertSandy Dechert covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news.

She’s worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm, writes two top-level blogs on Examiner.com, ranked #2 on ONPP’s 2011 Top 50 blogs on Women’s Health, and attributes her modest success to an “indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity.”

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Chevy Volt Olympics Ad Attacks 100% Electric Vehicles [Video]

by Zachary Shahan

Apparently, GM hasn’t ditched efforts to sell the Chevy Volt, despite reportedly not caring to increase production to meet demand. To grow demand even further, GM ran the following Volt ad just between the evening news and the start of the Winter Olympics down in Southern California, and perhaps elsewhere. That’s good to see!

Sadly, if you watch the video, you’ll see that it takes yet another stupid shot at 100% electric vehicles rather than taken a shot at much, much worse gasmobiles. The logic is really unclear to me — there’s a much greater market of potential customers who don’t yet understand the many awesome benefits of electrified vehicles, while those looking to buy a Nissan Leaf or other 100% electric vehicle are likely already extremely aware of the differences between a fully electric vehicle and an EREV. Is getting perhaps a few more customers through negative EV advertising really as helpful as educating the public about the tremendous benefits of EVs (many of which are not known by the majority of the population).

Can’t figure out if this ad is 1 step forward, 2 steps back — or 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Have a look and feel free to chime in with your own thoughts:

However, I’ll note that the folks over at GM-Volt.com really liked the ad.

On the plus side for GM & the Volt, it does address an apparently common misperception that, like 100% electric vehicles, the Volt doesn’t have a gas engine that can kick in to extend the range.

Anyone who follows EV’s would know that well, but given how low the general awareness about plug-in cars is, perhaps it is a good ad strictly for this model. Anyway, again, I’m curious to see what readers think.

Also recommended: 28 Electrified Vehicles, 47 Electrified Vehicle Videos (Commercials, Reviews, Etc.)

This article, Chevy Volt Olympics Ad Attacks 100% Electric Vehicles Rather Than Gasmobiles (VIDEO), is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

EV Sales. Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

Chevy Volt passes Nissan Leaf sales for 2013

Originally published on EV Obsession

2014 Chevy Volt
2014 Chevy Volt. Image by GM

After 6 changes at the top of the plug-in car tables in 2013, the Chevy Volt barely beat the Nissan Leaf in annual sales. The Volt logged 23,094, while the Leaf logged 22,610.

Despite many other big EV stories this year, that neck-and-neck race at the top of the sales charts still stood out to me as one of the EV stories of the year. Of course, the sales weren’t only dependent on demand.

The Nissan Leaf has been undersupplied across the country for about 6 months. Production is finally supposed to be getting up to demand right about now, and that may be one reason why December was the best sales month for the Leaf.

This has been a fun race to watch and write about, but I think there’s also a hidden story to this story…

Some of the other top EVs for the price are sold in very limited markets. The Fiat 500e, which was the “Best Electric Car of 2013” according to Road & Track, gets no love from its maker — which seems to be headed up by an EV hater — and is sold in extremely limited quantities. The Chevy Spark EV, which is considered to be much better than its gasmobile cousin and has gotten rave reviews, is only available in a few markets.

Aside from the top two, btw, the Tesla Model S clearly came in at #3 with about 18,000 units sold, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in came in at #4 at 12,088.

I’m still waiting for Ford’s numbers to come in, but these are clearly the top 4 plug-in cars in terms of 2013 US sales:

  1. Chevy Volt — 23,094
  2. Nissan Leaf — 22,610
  3. Tesla Model S — ~18,000
  4. Toyota Prius Plug-in — 12,088

Also see:

13 New Electric Vehicles For Sale In 2014

11 Electric Cars That Cost Less Than The Average New Car In The US

This article, Chevy Volt Sales Inch Out Nissan Leaf Sales In 2013, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.