Here’s All the Proof You Need That Electric Vehicles Are Taking Over the World

We've already saved hundreds of thousands of gallons. And this is just the beginning.

4. 26. 17 by Christianna Reedy
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Image by Isaac Brekken/Chevrolet

Chevrolet Bolt EV, the brand’s affordable, battery-powered electric vehicle (EV), has clocked in serious mileage since its release in December, 2016. According to the company, in just four months owners have driven a collective 7.2 million km (4.5 million miles) as of April 2nd, 2017.

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This impressive milestone illustrates how relevant the adoption of EVs are to the world’s effort to protect the environment. The Bolt EV’s all-electric miles are equivalent to saving 175,000 gallons of fuel, following the average EPA estimate of 42 km per gallon (26 mpg) for 2017 vehicles in the US.

The average Bolt owner drove around 85 km (53 miles) per day, but reports of the vehicle setting record miles on a single charge continue to surface.

“Our early Bolt EV customers are proving the crossover’s functionality, flexibility, and long-range capabilities on a daily basis,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet, in a press announcement. “Chevrolet committed to delivering a game-changing vehicle, and we’ve done just that.”


Given that the vehicle has yet to be released nationwide, these figures are indeed impressive. And it certainly looks like these numbers will continue to climb as the Bolt sees a nationwide release by summer 2017.

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