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Let the Electric Vehicle Bragging Begin

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It's been several months since the launch of the Chevrolet Volt, and so you know what that means: it's time for bragging. Chevy has rounded up statistics of pleased Volt drivers who want us all to know how their electric car is performing. To be honest, though, the numbers are worth boasting over. In March, Volt owners got 1,000 miles between fill-ups, says Chevy. They only made one trip to the gas station all month long.

In the months prior, Volt drivers were reporting something on the order of 800 miles between fill-ups. It seems, now, that many users are challenging themselves to go as far as possible without having to make that trip to the gas station. "It's become a game to achieve as many miles as I can in EV mode," said a Volt owner in Boca Raton, Florida, named Steve Wojtanek. He reported 3,417 miles on the vehicle so far, of which 2,225 were done in EV mode. He's getting something on the order of 122 miles per gallon. (OK, Steve, we get it!)

He wasn't the only happy customer. Volt owner Gary David of Greenville, South Carolina, boasted about not having to visit the pump at all between January 9 and April 11. He's getting 547 miles per gallon.

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