The Volt is a different kind of hybrid, a PHEV that whose battery can be recharged from the power grid. Good for around 38 miles miles solely via electric motor, Chevrolet claims that the cost of recharging the Volt is about $1.70/day. However, fleet owners are discovering that drivers rarely plug in their Volts.
The reason for this? Fleet owners will compensate for the cost of gasoline, but not electricity.
InsideEVs interviewed Jason Edwards of Maters Motors, who has been selling pre-owned Volts that came from fleets. “Listen, fleet vehicles are often mismanaged. The fleet owners have taken advantage of government and state incentives. The operators are often reimbursed for the gas they buy, but not the electricity in their home for plugging in, so they just drive them. I have specialized in these mid-high mileage Volts that with one read of the lifetime mileage indicates the pattern I am looking for”
In fact, there was a Dutch study about the efficiency of plug-in hybrids that showed they were about 80% less efficient than what the manufacturers claimed, the lesson being that if drivers of extended-range plug-ins are reimbursed in fleet use for the gasoline they buy but not for the electricity they use, then the cars won’t be plugged in and charged often.