Chevrolet Bolt driven for 4.5 million miles, saves 175,000 gallons of fuel image

General Motors is feeling pretty proud of their first ever long range affordable electric car – the Chevrolet Bolt – and has decided to reveal some of the statistics for what the car has been doing since it went on sale.

The more than 4.5 million miles have been driven by 3,492 Chevrolet Bolt units – meaning there’s an average of 1,309 miles per owner. “Chevrolet reported today that 3,492 Bolt EV owners in the United States have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles as of April 2, 2017 since the vehicle went on sale in December 2016. These all-electric miles have resulted in more than 175,000 gallons of fuel saved based on the average EPA-estimated 26 mpg for 2017 vehicles in the U.S.” Not bad, though the average mile rating is a bit on the low side – but we can understand that since not all owners took commission of their new Bolt in December last year.

What is rather more impressive is that Chevrolet is seemingly confirming the early reports that Bolt’s range is actually estimated on the low side – with at least one owner able to drive more than 300 miles on a single charge: The Bolt EV offers an impressive EPA-estimated 238 miles of range; however, one Bolt EV owner set a new range record by traveling 310 miles on a single charge and on a continuous trip.” For now, the Bolt is only available in the US in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington and Virginia – but national availability will come soon – this summer.