Now that’s extended range

Last year, General Motors gave Jay Leno one of the very first Chevrolet Volts. (Like he doesn’t have enough cars already.) They were thoughtful enough to turn it over to him with a full (9.3 gallons) tank of gas — which, says Leno, he hasn’t used up yet in over ten thousand miles:

“It’s my daily driver,” he said. “It really is. I commute in it to work every day. My commute, and all my other daily running around, totals less than 35 miles.”

Chevrolet claims that the Volt can travel about 40 miles on electric power alone, under normal driving conditions, before the juice in the batteries would be depleted, after which the car’s small gasoline engine would provide added range.

“You get 40 miles free, as they say,” Mr. Leno said. “Because of the way I drive it, it almost never kicks into gasoline mode.”

Which is a good thing, because the Volt requires premium. Then again, Jay Leno can probably afford it.


  1. Kirk »

    18 November 2011 · 2:39 pm

    An interesting question occurs from reading this story. That gas has been in the tank going on 11 months. Is it still any good?

  2. CGHill »

    18 November 2011 · 3:16 pm

    The fuel system is sealed, except for those few moments when there’s a nozzle inserted; it should take a whole lot longer than usual for the gas to become stale. (And if the car deems it necessary, it will burn the stuff off at its discretion.)

    Really. I am not making this up.

  3. Ydnar »

    18 November 2011 · 3:57 pm

    40 miles free? It costs nothing to charge these things?

  4. CGHill »

    18 November 2011 · 5:10 pm

    Depends on how NBC is treating Jay these days. (I’m guessing he gets to expense this out.)

    The rest of us will pay the usual rates, of course.

  5. Nicole »

    18 November 2011 · 5:58 pm

    So… I’d need to charge after getting to work every day. Don’t think so.

  6. CGHill »

    18 November 2011 · 7:40 pm

    Especially since they probably won’t let you hook up a charger at the office.

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