A 2012 Chevrolet Volt just hit 300,000 miles and just as it did when it left the factory according to the owner.
Last year we reported on a 2012 Chevrolet Volt that had over 247,000 miles on the odometer. Owned by one Erick Belmer, his Chevrolet Volt became somewhat of a legend among Volt owners for its longevity and reliability. Now according to Volt Stats, Mr. Belmer just passed 300,000 miles on the original battery. And if we take Belmer’s word, ” There’s no difference in the battery since the day I bought it.”
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If you didn’t already know, the Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid made by General Motors. The Volt operates as a purely electric vehicle for the first 25-50 miles of travel in charge depleting mode. When battery capacity drops below a pre-established threshold from a full charge, the vehicle enters a charge-sustaining mode with the Volt’s 1.4L 149 HP engine kicking in providing both propulsion and charge. Depending on how far you drive, theoretically you can never have to use the Volt’s gas engine as long as you charge up before depleting the 16-18 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Working as a millwright at a GM plant that made the Chevrolet Cruze, a local GM factory closing down forced Erick to choose a vehicle that could handle the long commute to his new relocated work. Enter his Chevrolet Volt.
We first must clear up the misconception that Erick Belmer is in any way affiliated with GM (besides his work obviously.) Like any other Volt owner before him, back in 2012 Erick simply walked into a Chevrolet dealership and signed the paper work for what would be his first and only new car purchase of his life. A member of Volt Stats.ne,t Belmer has faithfully logged the mileage he’s racked up on his Chevrolet Volt since the day he started using it back in July of 2012. Amongst 1700+ other owners who use the site and log data, naturally Erick is ranked #1 in total EV miles driven and total miles altogether.
Chevrolet has already released a second generation Volt with a bigger battery and more range as of last year. But at the rate Erick’s Volt is going, he won’t be needing to buy a newer one anytime soon. Oh, and his wife owns a Volt too.