Hey folks. I still own a Ford Expedition to pull my camper. Used to be my daily drive as well. I now own a 2011 Chevrolet Volt with 8,000 miles on it. In my last 6,600 miles I've used 12.2 gal of gas.
My wife and I flew to NY, bought it, vacationed and then drove it home to IL. Half way back we stayed at a bed and breakfast. They pulled a 110v extension cord out of their garage and we charged up the Volt overnight.
The dealer I got mine from just sold 3 more and is selling all they make for him (and his allocations).
I used 0.17 gallons of gas today to go 57.2 miles (temp were modest). Went 48.6 miles on the battery then 8.6 miles on the gas_generator.
In my defense I had to run unexpected errands after work THEN on my way home from a sporting event there was a major detour because of road construction.
Of course everyone will point out if I was driving a 70ish mile BEV I still would have made it today.
BUT the point is I was planning on going certain distance today and a couple of unexpected things came up. Had a back up source of energy.
(FYI my MPH ranged from 30-50 thru suburbia. My highest this summer was 50 miles on the battery alone which included highway miles. Typically got 45 all summer using A/C.)
FYI this is a 2011 Volt display. On the 2012s they include kWh used. Yes, I only have 201 MPGused lifetime since I flew to NY to buy it, vacationed, then drove it home to IL.
When talking about my miles per gallon I almost always put used after it (MPGused) to clarify that is what it means. Of course, I'm using electrons from the wall for some of the miles.
To your point - from webchat on 7Oct11: Britta Gross director of electric vehicle infrastructure and commercialization at General Motors. We're on target to deliver 10,000 units to dealers for retail sales. However, our first priority was delivering demo units to the 2,600 Chevy dealers around the U.S. before the retail units arrive. We expect to be nationwide by the end of the year: we're currently in 27 states. The product pipeline is filling up and our dealerships just now are receiving vehicles to sell. We're looking at continually growing sales from this point forward.