Published on December 21st, 2014 | by James Ayre22
200,000 Miles In A Chevy Volt With No Problems
December 21st, 2014 by James Ayre
If you were still harboring any doubts about the long-term resilience of electric vehicle technology, a recent story involving a Chevy Volt and 200,000 miles might interest you.
Ohio Volt owner Erick Belmer recently revealed that his EV crossed the 200,000-mile threshold without a single problem being encountered — no breakdowns, no repairs, and no noticeable battery capacity loss. Pretty impressive, though of course that’s not to say that every Volt owner has had such a flawless experience (in case you’re wondering if this is an advertisement or something 🙂 ).
GAS2 provides us with more information:
Belmer is among the early adopters of GM’s plug-in hybrid, and since purchasing his 2012 Volt he has driven an average of over 6,000 miles per month. That’s a lot of driving, and though he often drives well past the 38-mile range of his Volt, he’s still managed to do over 36% of his driving in EV mode. He’s managed to get an average of over 60 MPG in his Volt for the past two years, an impressive feat considering he drives as much in one year as many people do in five years.
Many fleet owners of the Volt don’t even crack 40 MPG, though Jay Leno’s Volt averages over 2,300 MPG. The actual average fuel economy for Volt owners is somewhere around 450 MPG, but Belmer is still doing better than 99% of America, and he’s done it over the long term to boot.
As you can imagine, after such strong and reliable performance over the long term, Belmer’s enthusiasm for his Chevy Volt is quite high. Speaking to InsidesEVs, he enthused: “Volt is holding up flawlessly! No noticeable battery capacity loss. Used 9.7 kw because it’s a 2012. I am so pleased with this vehicle! The Volt was always my dream car! To get to drive it everyday is a dream come true! This car is Wonderfully engineered!”