If 63% Of Volt Miles Are Electric, Isn't It An Electric Car?

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2012 Chevrolet Volt

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One of the most common complaints we get at GreenCarReports is that we refer to the 2012 Chevrolet Volt as an electric car. 

Because it has a range-extending gasoline engine, some say, it is only a plug-in hybrid and therefore not worthy to be classed as an electric car. 

As we’ve illustrated before however, the Volt spends more time as an electric car than you’d think

Even after 101 million collective miles, Chevrolet Volts spend most of their time in electric mode. 

As part of the Volt’s onboard OnStar telematic system, the odometer readings of each car are transmitted back to General Motors.

That data is then displayed on the Chevrolet Volt website in the form of an animated odometer which details how far all the Volts in the world have driven.

2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Chevrolet Volt

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Over the weekend, HybridCars noted that the combined mileage of all the Chevrolet Volts -- collected was close to topping 100 million miles

Four days later, the collective odometer stands at 101 million miles and counting, with almost 64 million of those miles being driven in electric-only mode. 

Those miles, Chevrolet calculates, have saved almost 3.4 million gallons of gasoline to date. 

With around sixty-three percent of all global Chevy Volt miles to date being made in electric mode, we think it’s about time the Volt is forgiven for having a gasoline engine and named an electric car. 

But what do you think? 

Let us know in the Comments below.

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