If it were possible to have driven straight to the Moon, Erick Belmer of Ohio and his 2012 Volt would have gotten there by now – and 35 percent of it was on electricity.
The Moon is 238,857 miles away from Earth, and since buying the extended-range electric car 3.25 years ago in March 28, 2012, Belmer as of yesterday had logged 247,585 miles with lifetime mpg of 59.4.
Of course the mpg is augmented by electric use, and all data actually is held up for close examination on Voltstats.net, which shows “Sparkie” the Volt is performing admirably and its battery is holding up well.
Belmer reportedly drives 240 miles on a typical round-trip commute and has logged 430 on a single day – day in, day out – and the miles are racking up fast.
In gas only operation, a 2012 Volt is EPA-rated at 37 mpg on premium gas but it gets a boost in its daily average by 35 miles rated range. Unclear is whether intraday charging is being done, but with 35 percent EV miles and mostly highway driving, it appears likely.
Belmer was reported as saying he typically sees 40 miles all-electric range which dips lower in the winter.
According to InsideEVs, which wrote about Belmer’s car a year ago when he had 146,000 miles, the only service he’d needed to perform was replacement of a right-front wheel bearing. Maintenance consisted of oil changes every 38,000 miles, and tire rotations at 10,000 mile intervals.
The oil changes come few and far between because the Volt’s gas engine does not always run as would be the case with a conventional internal combustion vehicle. More mileage is thus accrued, so 38,000 miles between oil and filter replacement does not constitute neglect or that a new miracle oil is being used.
At the 146,000 mile mark – 52,734-plus miles done solely on electricity – Belmer was quoted as saying he was very happy with the Volt.
“This is the first car I’ve purchased that I truly feel I got more vehicle than I paid for!”
At the 200,000 mark, written about seven months ago by InsideEVs, Belmer again praised the Volt.
“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!”
With his first Volt holding up strong, Belmer now has two Volts. His original by all accounts continues to log lots of miles with no signs of failure reported.