Chevy Volt Owners Drive More EV Miles Than Leaf Owners: Report

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

According to a recent report, Chevrolet Volt owners are driving more electric-only miles than owners of the fully-electric Nissan Leaf.

On average, a Nissan Leaf owner is driving 629 miles a month while Volt owners are going the extra mile (or miles) logging 1,012 miles behind the wheel. Now of course the Volt is a plug-in hybrid, which means it does have a gasoline engine to switch to when its electric-only miles run out. But according to those owners, 75 percent of those miles are driven in electric mode.

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It provides an interesting insight to the electric and plug-in hybrid market, given that consumers are more likely to drive further knowing that they have a backup plan – in the Volt’s case, a gasoline engine. Or perhaps Leaf buyers knew that their daily commute wouldn’t be very far, making the Leaf the perfect zero-emission vehicle for them.

Also from the EV Project Vehicle Summary Report from April-June 2013, half of Volt owners do not have a 240-volt Level 2 charging station at their homes, but a majority of Leaf owners do. The Nissan Leaf is rated at 76 miles before needing a charge while the Volt is good for 38 miles on electricity alone.

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[Source: Green Car Reports]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Obermd Obermd on Nov 30, 2013

    This doesn't surprise me. The Leaf will be a second car and won't be driven anytime range is even a question. The Volt, on the other hand, will be a primary car and even with the shorter EV range it will be on the road a lot more.