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Chevrolet Sells 100,000th Volt, Helps Pave Way for Mainstream EVs

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2016 Chevrolet Volt

Anyone who has read my articles (hi, mom!) can probably tell at least one thing about me: I like electric cars. In addition, you would also probably glean that I was especially impressed with the Chevy Volt, the first PHEV to offer 53 miles of range on electricity before switching back to gas and going another 367 miles.

Well, it seems that at least some of you out there also like the Volt, as Chevrolet just announced that it has sold a total of 100,000 Volts.

“The Chevrolet Volt delivers not just a fun driving experience behind the wheel, but has become the first vehicle with plug-in electrification technology to truly become mainstream,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “Not only is the Volt a class-creator, it serves as the foundation of a Chevrolet electric family that will soon add the first long-range, affordable EV available to customers across the U.S., the Chevrolet Bolt EV.”

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It does seem correct that the Volt has helped create a mainstream EV market, along with other best-sellers like the LEAF and (more recently) the Fusion Energi (Tesla omitted for being priced as a luxury brand). As a result, Chevrolet and others have revisited the idea that a widely-sold mainstream electric car could be a success, leading to the Chevy Bolt, the Model 3, and various other EVs coming soon.

Chevrolet crunched some interesting numbers about the Volt—according to the automaker, owners have driven about 1.5 billion all-electric miles, out of a total 2.5 billion, which would mean that based on the average new car fuel economy of 25.3 mpg, drivers of the Volt have saved almost 58 million gallons of fuel.

So, congratulations, Volt! May you last long enough for me to get out from under my loans to buy you!

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