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Erick Belmer’s Chevy Volt Just Keeps Going!

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2015 Chevrolet Volt

Electric and hybrid vehicles are enjoying a period of relative popularity, as they save consumers lots of money at the pump and are better for the environment. However, there is no denying that the technology behind these vehicles is relatively new. Are plug-in cars and hybrids ready for the long haul, or will they need extensive maintenance to stay on the road?

Well, thanks to Erick Belmer of Ohio, it looks like the Chevrolet Volt will do okay for itself. Belmer owns a 2012 Chevrolet Volt and uses it to commute to work every day. We’re aware that doesn’t sound very impressive, but when you consider that his round-trip daily commute usually averages out at 240 miles, you begin to understand the durability test his Chevy Volt has gone through! On some days, Belmer might drive as many as 430 miles. All of this driving adds up fast, and currently the Chevy Volt has over 247,000 miles on the odometer.

According to Erick Belmer’s calculations, his Chevy Volt has achieved a lifetime combined or blended rating of 59.4 mpg, including both gas and electric miles. His 2012 Chevrolet Volt has the smallest battery pack available in the first generation with 16.4 kilowatt hours for an electric range of 35 miles, so to achieve this rating, he charged the car both at home and at work.

We have been following Erick’s Volt on The News Wheel, and we’re impressed that the car is still making the commute every day. His recent calculations are going a long way to show not only how durable a hybrid or electric car is, but if the mpg ratings are really accurate.The combined mpg also beats the Toyota Prius, which is reported to have a combined 50 mpg combined.

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All-New 2016 Chevrolet Volt

After all of those miles, Belmer says that the car is performing well. He hasn’t noticed any noticeable loss in battery capacity, and he is still sticking to his maintenance plan of an oil change every 38,000 miles and tire rotations every 10,000 miles.

The best part? Erick Belmer named his Chevy Volt “Sparkie,” and he was so happy with his purchase that he now owns a second Volt.

  • worx4me

    I’m intrigued by the Volt. I like the progress GM’s made in the 2016 model. Goes farther as an all-electric and a more powerful gas engine that will burn regular instead of premium. Eric’s Volt is amazing…247k? 59.4 mpg/blended? That’s something.

    • IfSlashWhen

      I only have 2000 miles on my 2015 volt, but it is getting a combined of 63.9 MPG so far. Erick doesn’t even have the proper commute profile for volt ownership (the commute should be less than 50 miles one way) but even so the volt beats a Prius.

      I my profile (less than 50 miles per day on average) the volt is a pure battery electric. The 2015 has a bigger (17.1kWh) battery than Ericks 2012, so it averages 48 miles on a charge.

  • Wallace

    That is awesome. 9 more years and he will hit a million miles.

  • 1980s VW had a diesel Rabbit that got 60-70mph… doesn’t compare in ride but MPG.

    • paulblair

      It also doesn’t compare in safety…or anything else for that matter. Essentially a useless comparison.

    • VFanRJ

      Back then EPA had different rules for setting their MPG ratings that were much more optimistic than today. You can’t compare the two.

      • IfSlashWhen

        Not to mention that diesel has a higher energy density than gasoline so comparing diesel to gasoline is invalid.

  • VFanRJ

    It’s obvious to a Volt owner that because the engine runs as a generator that it’s not stressed near as much as a conventional ICE based car.