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So, a man by the name of Steve Prinsen has posted photos of his Chevy Volt, has made 999.6 miles on 4.9 gallons of gas :| Which equates to 202MPG or 1.16L/100km which is astonishing.

999.6 miles (1,608.7 kilometers). 4.9 gallons (18.54 liters) of gasoline. 202 miles per gallons (1.16 l/100 km). Indeed, somebody spent too much time charging his Chevrolet Volt. Still, what an extraordinary feat!

That somebody in question is Steve Prinsen, who posted the featured photograph and a pic of the hero car on the Chevy Volt Owners Facebook group. “Just hit my first 1,000 miles in my 2014 Volt! Loving this car. Trying not to bug my ICE friends with these pics but I figured you guys would appreciate it,” the post reads.

Dear owner of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, you should bug your friends with these pics for a simple reason. Even though I live and breathe cars, I can’t help but accept the fact that hybridization and pure electric powertrains are the future, especially if automakers want to hit the 2025 CAFE standards in MY 2025. As a brief refresher, the Environmental Protection Agency is gunning for an average of 163 grams of CO2 per mile, which is about 54.5 miles per gallon (4.3 l/100 km).

By comparison, the EPA-required fleet average for the 2016 model year is 34.1 mpg (6.9 l/100 km). This! This is why the gentleman driving the black-painted Chevy Volt should be proud of himself and boast about his feat in front of his ICE buddies. Mind you, he had almost perfect conditions for achieving that average of 202 mpg.

I’ll let the owner of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, Steve Prinsen, do the talking: “I’m a low mileage driver, only 10 miles back and forth to work for me, which is why the Volt is just about perfect. In fact, of those 4.9 gallons of gas, 4 of them are from a trip I took out of town 2 weeks ago.” Pretty straightforward stuff, isn't it?

On the flip side, the man Steve bought the Volt from didn’t like it. “When I got the car, it had 10,500 [miles] on it, but only about 60 of those were electric, so whoever had it barely drove it and never seemed to charge it!”
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It works because he's a low mileage driver whereas if I were to drive to work, it'll be around 36 miles both ways and that doesn't take into account the time I'll spend sitting in traffic.

But, his numbers do make me feel even more excited for the new bolt and the miles I'll be able to travel without using any gas at all!
 

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That's true. My typical commute is 18 miles up and 18 miles back, barely much traffic because of the times of commute. Seeing things like this get me super excited as well, I can't wait !
 

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I'm sure Bolts will be racking up a lot more mileage because it can travel farther and it charges pretty fast at CCS stations. This just gives people a reason to travel farther with their EV and more often too.
 

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Once people start seeing how far these things can go, they'll definitely be more inclined to buy them. A lot of people think that EVs are only short distance vehicles still
 

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Publications that are going to review the new Bolt will definitely push the battery for real world numbers and that'll be enough to motivate people to buy a Bolt. I'm hoping someone takes it on a road trip and writes a review about it.
 

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Speaking or driving a Volt for a long period of time, owners have been discussing how long you can use factory tires and brakes and they seem to have a pretty long life.

Rich Crecelius
I had to replace tires at 62,000 miles and brakes are still good.

Steve La
I have 45,000 miles on my 2013 and the brakes & tires are good. I drive in L most of the time.

Peter Ives
I replaced tires around 45,000 miles. Haven't touched the brakes and I'm at 109,000 miles.

Javier Giraldez
On my Chevy Volt I have 42000 miles, same tires, no brakes changes. Just flush it. 4 years now.

Great news for us if the factory tires for the Bolt are just as good and the brakes seems to be lasting Peter a very long time. Good news since those aren't exactly cheap to replace.
 

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I remember an article claiming that electric vehicles can wear down the brakes faster and cause some kind of dust to come off the pads. I think the brakes that are still going at 109,000 miles disproves that. Good to know that the average maintenance cost is going to be very low when it comes to tires and brakes.
 

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That report may be the one about how BEV's are heavier than ICE cars of similar size. They do generate more asthma causing fine particles on the roadways than vehicles of lighter weight. Not just the brakes but wear to the tires and road surface. Strong BEV regeneration will definitely save wear on brake pads especially as BEV's are so heavy.
 

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What about like.. those tractor trailer trucks... I can only imagine the amount of particles those throw out there ?!
 

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I remember an article claiming that electric vehicles can wear down the brakes faster and cause some kind of dust to come off the pads. I think the brakes that are still going at 109,000 miles disproves that. Good to know that the average maintenance cost is going to be very low when it comes to tires and brakes.
I wouldn't mind that since brake pads are just about one of the cheaper things to change, whether that be the dealership or an independent shop, of course with the former being cheaper.

Making it even cheaper, aftermarket pads can bring down price.

Fortunately with a lot of these intended for fleet, OEM and aftermarket pads will be easy to come across, even DIY guide on how to service your own brakes should show up in good timing.
 

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I'm sure it won't be that difficult. And I doubt they'll adapt the german way of doing things that require a computer to retract an electronic parking brake.
 
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