Honestly, it is quite a milestone.
First launched in 2011, the Chevrolet Volt, now in its second generation, has proven to be a solid sales success (to a point) for the automaker. How successful? Chevrolet has just announced that the Volt has surpassed sales of 100,000 units, beating out the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and the Tesla Model S to become the first plug-in vehicle to hit that 100k mark. Respect. In celebrating the milestone, Chevrolet also goes into some interesting details about the Volt’s overall impact on US roads.
Turns out 100,000 Volt sales means owners have driven almost 1.5 billion miles in EV mode of a total of 2.5 billion cumulative miles. Based on an average new car fuel economy of 25.3 miles per gallon, these Volt owners have saved nearly 58 million gallons of fuel. That right there is enough gasoline to fill more than 87 competition-size swimming pools. The new Volt that is on sale now not only weighs less (by 220 pounds) than its predecessor, it also provides better acceleration and 39% greater pure EV range. From its data, Chevrolet figures the average 2017 Volt driver who fully charges the car regularly will travel more than 1,000 miles between gas fill ups.