As the first mass-production extended range electric vehicle, the Volt represents an American solution toward sustainable transportation.

Recently Chevrolet documented that the total number of Volts on the road have surpassed two million miles, and two-thirds of these miles were on all-electric power.

Some have said they are waiting to hear of a Volt driver somewhere who will be shown to have used the car as a conventional petrol car, and rarely or never plug in.


Another Chevrolet Volt using no gasoline.

It would appear the majority are at the opposite spectrum and this makes sense, as the Volt was first heralded by forward-thinking people, and they have been first to begin logging miles.

As a fairly typical case example, Chevrolet highlighted the story of Kory Levoy, a manufacturing manager from Yorba Linda, Calif.

His previous car was an Audi TT Roadster and his gasoline bill was $50-60 per week.

Since owning a Volt for the past six months, he has only filled up the gasoline tank three times in 7,500 miles of driving.

“I was tired of spending roughly $200 plus a month on gas,” Levoy said. “The ability to not even consider finding a gas station or worry about fuel pricing is a phenomenal experience.”

His commute is 25 miles each way, and he is getting about 40 miles of all-electric range, he said.

While detractors have been quick to point out the Volt before subsidies costs about twice what the Cruze does, cost of ownership is another matter.

Levoy said the amount he pays per month in electricity to charge his car is $25, and estimates he could save $2,000 per year in gasoline costs.



A similar story comes from Carey Bailey, an electrical engineer from Cottage Grove, Ore., who has had his Volt since January.

He estimates he cut his monthly transportation energy bill by about $100 per month, and expects it to be further reduced.

Bailey said he used to spend $500 per month for his 75-mile round trip, and now spends about $1.10 per day to charge his Volt.

“Each day, I use about a quarter of a gallon of gas to get to work, which is hardly anything," said Bailey. “Being able to charge at work is an added benefit and I love the fact that I am reducing my carbon footprint by not consuming as much gas.”

Chevrolet said it is collecting this kind of Volt owner data, and is sure the car is a success out of the gate, and where the company wants it at this point still early since its introduction.

“About two-thirds of the more than two million miles driven by Volt owners to date have been powered by domestically produced electricity," said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. “We are hearing from owners like Kory and Carey who are able to charge both at home overnight and at work during the day. These owners are able to maximize driving on electricity alone, seeing real saving at the pump and in their wallets.”

Invitation

How about you Volt drivers? You know GM is trying to jump start the anecdotes by posting these kinds of stories, but I bet some of you may have your own story to tell.

Yesterday we read a story offered by Bill Destler , and the week prior, we heard from Kurt – A.K.A. Captbently – who shared his solution for fast charging at work and his son’s house.


People sharing from the heart with other people is powerful.

If you have a factual Volt-related anecdote to tell, you have a couple options : You can either write a complete story (subject to edits as needed), or you can email or talk to me and I can write the story as I did about Kurt.

These kinds of owner accounts, as GM has said, are the most authentic, and among the best ways to support the Volt. They are also clinically proven to give forum trolls migraine headaches.

OK, just kidding on the last part, but you never know!

And, whether you are interested in telling a story or not, that is fine. As always, feedback is welcome in the readers' comments section as well. Thank you.