Having announced plans to manufacture the electric drive unit for the second-generation, 2016 Volt in Warren, Michigan, General Motors provided five interesting facts about the first-generation Volt that, in our opinion, any self-respecting GM enthusiast should know. The facts are these:
- Since the Volt was launched in 2010, owners driving in pure electric mode have helped reduce gasoline consumption by more than 25 million gallons.
- Based on a GM study of more than 300 2011-2012 model year Volts in service in California, many owners exceed the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.
- Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and refuel less than once a month. The 2014 Volt provides owners with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 98 MPGe (electric) and 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway on gasoline power.
- Volt is the most successful plug-in electric vehicle in the United States, with cumulative sales of more than 69,000 vehicles.
- And now for the topping on the cake: nearly 70 percent of Volt buyers are new to GM, and the Toyota Prius is the most frequently traded-in vehicle for a Volt.
We expect that the launch of the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt will boost the above stats thanks to the new model being lighter and more efficient while packing a longer range in both pure electric and range-exteded modes. The 2016 Volt will revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, and will become available for purchase later on in the 2015 calendar year.