DETROIT -- For all of the time General Motors executives have spent hyping the Chevrolet Volt, there's apparently one industry-exclusive feature that the company kept secret until now.
It can go to the moon.
Talk about an extended-range vehicle.
Incredibly, GM says Volts have traveled to the moon 167 times since the car went on sale in late 2010. Those slackers at NASA haven't even managed to get there once in the last four decades.
If that sounds a bit fishy, what GM actually said, in a news release it put out this week, is that all of the roughly 14,000 Volts sold so far have traveled more than 40 million miles solely on battery power. For those of us who commute less than 40 million miles, GM helped us visualize the milestone by explaining that it is the equivalent of 16,373 trips from New York to Los Angeles, 1,606 voyages around the Earth (maybe it's amphibious and pirate-resistant, too?) or 167 jaunts to the moon.
The point that GM wanted to make is that, by driving 40 million miles on battery power, Volt owners have avoided using 2.1 million gallons of gasoline, in turn saving them roughly $8.5 million at the pump. GM noted that that is almost precisely the amount of gasoline that one supertanker can carry.
"With each click of the odometer, Chevrolet Volt owners are measuring their contribution to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and to preserving the environment," Cristi Landy, the Volt's marketing director, says in the release.