Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro10
Chevy Volt Owners Drive On Electricity 63% Of The Time
June 24th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
It’s been over three years since the Chevy Volt first hit dealerships, and in that time Volt owners have driven a lot. Like, a lot a lot. GM crunched the numbers in fact, and found that since late 2010, Volt owners have collectively driven over a half-billion miles on electricity alone.
That’s amazing considering the Volt only has an electric driving range of 35 miles, at least officially. Even so, GM found that Volt owners drove in electric mode about 63% of the time. It seems Volt owners were able to adapt their driving style to the limited EV range of the Volt, and the expansion of many national charging networks means plenty of opportunities to top off the battery pack.
GM also found that many owners are exceeding the EPA rated range of 35 miles per charge, achieving 40 or more miles on average. Even so though, Chevy knows what Volt owners want from the next-gen model, and a chief concern is the hope for more range, perhaps even different battery pack options. Volt owners are also looking for more extra seating (as it currently only sits 4) and a lower price, around $30,000 before tax credits.
If GM can hit those targets, the Volt could become a much more popular car.
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