Η GM ανακοίνωσε ότι ο Jay Leno, μέσα σε 11 μήνες το δικό του Chevrolet Volt έχει κάνει 10.000 μίλια και όλα αυτά μάλιστα χωρίς να βάλεις σταγόνα βενζίνης, αφού από όταν το πήρε τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο, το γέμισε μια φορά και από τότε, έχει κάψει μόλις το μισό ντεπόζιτο.
Ο Leno ξέρουμε ότι έχει έναν ολόκληρο supercars και μη, στο γκαράζ του, και μου φαίνεται λίγο απίθανο να χρησιμοποιεί το Volt του κάθε μέρα. Ο Αμερικάνος αναφέρει ότι κατά μέσω όρο κάθε μέρα κάνει 40 μίλια για να πάει στην δουλειά του και έτσι τα μάζεψε τα χλμ αυτά. Όπως και να έχει, η GM ανακοίνωσε ότι τόσο ο Leno, όσο και οι υπόλοιποι ιδιοκτήτες των Volt που έχουνε διανύσει περισσότερα από 10.000 μίλια, θα πάρουν ένα σήμα “10,000 Electric Mile”. Περισσότερα μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
Chevrolet Volt Drivers Going the Distance
Jay Leno and others celebrate traveling 10,000 miles on electricity
LOS ANGELES – Jay Leno has driven his Chevrolet Volt to and from his job as host of “The Tonight Show” daily since taking delivery of his Volt in December. To date, he has traveled more than 10,000 miles using only grid energy and is still on the same tank of gas that was in the car when he brought it home from Rydell Chevrolet in Northridge.
“I like electricity when I need it and gas when I need to use it,” said Leno. “I travel 28 miles to the studio every day, then I go shopping, run errands, pull in the driveway; that’s 40 miles or so, then I plug it in, but if I need to travel further the car is ready for that too.”
Edward Ellyatt of Fort Myers, Fla., is another Volt owner who has traveled more than 10,000 EV miles in his Volt. Ellyatt doesn’t use a drop of gas during his 41 mile daily commute and he regularly makes use of available public charging.
“I’m an opportunistic charger. I charge anywhere I can to extend my electric driving range,” said Ellyatt. “I generally find a 120V plug in the parking lot and ask management if I can use it when shopping or dining. If I am at one location for an hour or two I can expect to get enough EV range to get me home where I can plug back in.”
Leno and Ellyatt are among a growing number of five-figure odometer Volt drivers set to receive a “10,000 Electric Mile” badge for their vehicle in recognition of their achievement.
“Volt owners are an extremely passionate and enthusiastic group. They carry pictures of their car, refer to themselves by their VIN number and freely talk about their ownership experience with anyone who will ask,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing . “The 10,000 Electric Mile badge not only recognizes their achievement, but gives another point to brag about with anyone interested in learning more about the Volt.”
“I’m using about $450 a month less in gas than I was in my Honda Pilot,” he said. “I’ve redirected my monthly transportation costs from most of it going to the oil companies to most of it going to an American car company, American workers, an American electric company, with a tiny bit going to the oil companies.”
Chevrolet recently surveyed Volt owners and found they fill up, on average, once a month, travelling more than 900 miles between gas station visits. The EPA fuel economy label for the 2012 Volt indicates owners can expect to save approximately $7,600 on fuel over five years compared to the average new vehicle, assuming the Volt is driven 15,000 miles yearly.
Volt owners have travelled more than 10 million miles, with roughly two-thirds of those miles powered by grid electricity since the vehicle launched late last year. The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. 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. The EPA estimates 94 miles per gallon equivalent for the car in electric mode and 35 city and 40 highway miles per gallon in extended-range mode.