Gallery: GM Announces That Chevy Volt Owners Can Go 1,000 Miles Between...


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.”

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  1. caeman July 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

    The problem is the batteries. To make a battery is a nasty, dirty and environmentally unsafe process, which results in a toxic end-product based on rare earth minerals we don’t have in the USA. They are in China, and China is hoarding them so they can dominate the electronics industries of the world.

    If we go EV, we are simply replacing the Middle East with China for energy dependence.

    Better would be to use what the USA has locally and which is environmentally “green”, something like hydrogen. We can make hydrogen from the ocean water surrounding us. We already make our own engines. Green and Independent of foreign influence. Double-win!

  2. A2theC June 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Suppression of technology for better profit. 1995 Saturn SL2 gets 40 MPG/hwy unleaded fuel for up to 600mi. 1990 Geo Metro gets up to 65 MPG for about 600~650mi. WTF is up with the auto industry, they WANT us dependent on foreign oil and broke. Jeeze, my 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a moderate sports car weighing close to 4000lbs and I get 35 MPG every tank combined city/hwy closer to 40 hwy solo. Food for thought…

  3. paulrevere May 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    What I find lame about this is that I get around 25 MPG city, 30 highway in a late 90’s turbocharged Volvo sedan which is heavily modified and is making over 300 horsepower, weights over 3500 pounds, and is driven quite hard every day. How a hybrid like the Volt, as it is in no way an true electric car, only manages to get 40 MPG is beyond me. Most diesel-powered cars over in Europe do 40 MPG with easy. And for 45 grand, I’d rather just buy an older M3. At least it won’t fall apart after a few years of owning it.

  4. lazyreader April 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    The Volt is a nice looking car. An entirely gas powered equivalent would sell well and cheaper and be more reliable.

  5. MrCotain April 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    whats the starting price on the Volt? and caeman I totally agree!

  6. mstehouwer April 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I own Volt #974 and today I have gone one month and 1,000 miles on 5.1 gallons of gas. Follow my story at

  7. caeman April 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    EV done the right way. Imagine coupling this with Ford’s 80 MPG European Focus…

  8. catransplant April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I’m sure you could get 10,000 or 100,000 miles per tank if you only drove 30 miles per day. What I want to know is how much it costs in electricity charges to fully charge the battery daily.

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