Back in September of 2010, General Motors announced that Lyle Dennis, Bill Nye, Jim Woolsey, Brian Wynne and 11 others had been selected to become members of the Chevrolet Volt Customer Advisory Board. The 15 board members would get to “experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions during a three-month vehicle and charging evaluation program.”
Lyle Dennis, the proprietor of GM-Volt.com, received his Volt on November 11th. Between then and February 9th, Dennis’ Volt racked up 5,100 miles while burning a mere 46 gallons of gas. Despite the fact that his average daily commute of 60 miles round trip is beyond the plug-in hybrid’s electric-only range of 25 to 50 miles, Dennis discovered that the Volt was still a fuel-sipping vehicle, returning nearly 111 miles per gallon in the car’s early lifetime. It’s worth pointing out that Dennis, a resident of New York, drove his Volt through the harsh, range-depleting weather that struck the Northeast on numerous occasions this winter.
Dennis handed back the keys to his test Volt after completing his 90-day assessment and is now a proud owner of a production 2011 Chevy Volt. For some people, once you get plugged in, you never go back.