Chevrolet Volt Owners Speak Out About Thier Savings to Consumer Reports

The word is spreading, DFW. According to Consumer Reports web users, many Chevy Volt owners are claiming they use even less gas than Consumer Reports’ formal tests have assumed.

Consumer Reports has based their fuel economy calculations for the Volt being operated by electricity 70 percent of the time and gasoline 30 percent of the time. But some of their forum users are claiming that they operate almost exclusively on electricity. Here’s a few examples from Consumer Reports:

  • User carriegordo reports driving 7,000 miles on just 7.3 gallons of gas. That’s less than a single tankful in the Volt’s already small 9.3-gallon tank.
  • User marclee reported that 2800 of the 3200 miles he’s driven his Volt have been on electricity. That leaves just 400 on gas. (These numbers are easily retrieved from the efficiency screen on the Volt’s central display.)
  • User themajor1975 reported driving 11,000 miles on 62 gallons of gas.
  • Two other forum users reported driving more than 2500 miles on 10.7 gallons of gas, and 500 miles on just one gallon.

While we can’t say with certainty that this is the case with all Volt owners, it does prove that the Volt has a tremendous amount of potential when it comes to saving on fuel.

Want to hear it from a Volt owner yourself? Check out this customer testimonial from Kory Levoy. He’s spent $38 in gas – in two months!

[Source: Consumer Reports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Staggering Chevrolet Volt Statistics from General Motors Media

It’s official, Dallas Ft Worth. On May 17, General Motors announced that Chevrolet Volt owners have collectively saved a supertanker of gasoline since the electric car with extended range went on sale, compiling 40 million miles on electricity and avoiding the use of more than 2.1 million gallons of gasoline. Pretty staggering, wouldn’t you say?

© General Motors

In the General Motors press release, the marketing director for the Chevrolet Volt, Cristi Landy, said, “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.”

If you’ve ever contemplating the actual savings of driving an electric vehicle instead of a gasoline-powered car, here’s another statistic for you: Volt owners have saved more than $8 million at the pump based on $3.80/gallon.

Man, I love statistics. Don’t you? So, 40 million miles. That’s 16,373 trips across the U.S., 1,606 trips around the Earth and 167 trips to the Moon.

The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles – the first 35 of which can be driven gas and tailpipe-emissions free. For some of you in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex, that means driving to and from work every day without using a drop of gasoline. Need to travel a bit farther? Not to worry, once the battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank. On average, the typical Volt owners drive an average of 900 miles between fill ups at the gas station.

I’ll bet the idea of an owning an electric car is sounding more appealing to you by the minute. Contact Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine for more details.

[Source: media.gm.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

How to Cope with the Rising Gas Prices in Dallas Ft Worth

Every time my gas light comes on, I cringe. Because I know that I’m about to shell out at least $50. Can you believe that gas prices have risen more than 40 cents since January? It’s sickening, and it’s only going to continue to rise. ConsumerReports.org estimates that the national average will hit $4 by May. With the way I’ve seen the prices rise in the last two weeks, I’m thinking it’ll be sooner than that.

As of today, the average gas price in Texas is 3.834 with a national average of 3.897.  At least we’re still sitting below the national average, right? I’ll bet the Chevy Volt is looking pretty good to most of you right now. Unfortunately, many of us can’t afford to run out and buy a new, fuel-efficient or electric vehicle. We could always drive less, but again that’s not an option for everyone. MoneyMorning.com published a great article on March 29 sharing the only real ways we can save some cash at the pump. Hope this helps, Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers!

  • Grocery discounts — Many big supermarket chains reward your purchases with discounts at the pump. Publix Supermarkets Inc. (PINK: PUSH) recently offered a $10 gas coupon for every $25 of groceries purchased. That could save you as much as $1.50 a gallon.
  • Gas company loyalty cards — If you usually buy gas from a major national chain, apply for a loyalty card like the BP Visa Card. You get a 5% rebate on all gas purchased at BP plc (ADR NYSE: BP) stations. Shell, Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and others offer similar deals. Savings – 7 to 10 cents a gallon.
  • Rewards cards — If you don’t want to limit your purchases to one brand, sign up for a credit card that offer rewards for filling up at any station. Chase Freedom offers $200 cash back after you make $500 in purchases in your first three months, 5% cash back on gas during certain periods and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • Pay cash — If you don’t want to apply for a new credit card, try paying with boring old cash. Many service stations will reward you with a 10-cent-per-gallon discount.
  • Shop Around – Make sure you’re getting the cheapest gas in your area. A recent check of GasBuddy.com for the New York City area showed $3.89 for the best price and $4.69 for the worst — a difference of 80 cents a gallon.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.