General Motors says Volts have traveled to the moon 167 times since the car went on sale in late 2010.
That would be about 2.1 million gallons of gas, based on Volt owners driving more than 40 million miles on electricity alone (GM should know, since it monitors the operation of all Volts through its OnStar connection).
The Volt can go about 35 miles on the plug-in charge before the gas engine kicks in.
“With each click of the odometer, Chevrolet Volt owners are measuring their contribution to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and to preserving the environment Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director, said in a statement, adding that they saved about $8 million at the pump, minus the cost of the electricity.
The $8 million will offset the about $535 million owners collectively spent to buy the 13,374 of the $40,000 Volts GM sold from roll out through April this year (plus the cost of chargers in their garages).
The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.
Typically Volt owners drive an average of 900 miles between fill ups at the gas station.