General Motors just announced that a sample of Chevrolet Volt owners have been able to drive for over 1,000 miles before filling up their tanks at the station. While the EPA estimate’s the Volt’s electric-only range as a mere 35 miles, drivers can pull another 344 miles from the backup generator for a total range of 379 miles.
But doesn’t engaging the generator mean your Volt is no longer all-electric? Yes, however the Volt is able to get 40 mpg while running off its 9.3-gallon fuel tank, making it one of the more fuel-efficient vehicles available in the U.S.
Detroit-based GM sold out of its 1,210 available units in the U.S. in the first quarter, and it expects demand for the vehicles to rise with this news. “Demand for the product is very, very high,” Tony Posawatz, vehicle line director for the Volt, said at a conference in New York yesterday. Consumers “can’t get enough of them.”