World’s Highest Mileage Volt: 250,000-Mile 2012 Chevrolet Volt


250,000-Plus Miles On This Chevrolet Volt

250,000-Plus Miles On This Chevrolet Volt

Here at we’ve been following Erick Belmer and his high-mileage 2012 Chevrolet Volt for quite some time now. We’ve featured Belmer on numerous occasions:

Chevy Volt Owner Zips Past 120,000 Miles

2 Year Old Chevy Volt – 146,000 Miles and Counting

Exclusive: World’s First Chevy Volt To 200,000 Miles

A Tale Of Two Chevrolet Volts

How One Chevy Volt Owner Helped Another Volt Owner In Time Of Need

Erick Belmer's Volt Way Back When It Had Only 120,000 Miles

Erick Belmer’s Volt Way Back When It Had Only 120,000 Miles

Belmer’s latest Volt achievement is another milestone worthy of sharing.  Belmer’s 2012 Volt now has more than one quarter million miles on its odometer!  That’s right.  A 2012 Volt has clocked more than 250,000 miles, with nearly 90,000 miles being covered in electric mode.

Belmer holds the Volt record for most total miles and most electric miles driven.  Check out those stats and more here.

As Belmer has told us in the past:

“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!”

These statements still hold true today.

Belmer adds that his 250,000-mile Volt “still rides and runs just like it’s younger sister!” And says that the Volt is  “over engineered times 10!!!”

250,000-Mile Volt On Left, "Younger Sister" On Right

250,000-Mile Volt On Left, “Younger Sister” On Right

Here’s wishing Erick enjoys the next 250,000 miles of driving his dream as much as he did the first quarter million miles!

Stats For 250,000-Plus Mile Chevrolet Volt

Stats For 250,000-Plus Mile Chevrolet Volt

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29 responses to "World’s Highest Mileage Volt: 250,000-Mile 2012 Chevrolet Volt"
  1. kdawg says:

    His daily driving histogram is pretty impressive too. He’s centered on about 80 EV miles/day, with a lot of days over 100. My personal record for most EV miles/day is 95 in my Volt.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I confess to being confused. The graph in the article indicates mostly gasoline-powered miles, but the “histogram” graph looks to me like it’s mostly electric-powered miles.

      1. kdawg says:

        The green is the EV-only portion. If you want to see the CS mileage only portion go to the link. the the Daily Mileage tab, then check the CS mileage only box. It centers around 170miles.

  2. Speculawyer says:

    Amazing. A tip of the hat to GM for designing such a well engineered vehicle. The Chevy Volt deserves FAR more success than it has had so far.

  3. Carcus says:

    …. and who does Erick Belmer work for?

    (hint, the initials are GM)

    1. protomech says:

      An important note that should have been mentioned in the article.

    2. Nix says:

      I don’t see any problem with him working for GM and using their own product. There is even a term for that called: ‘Eat Your Own Dog Food’

      I’d be much more worried if he worked for GM, and then drove a Ford Energi

  4. bro1999 says:

    It will be interesting just how far he can go in sparkie. He has over 160k miles running on the ICE alone, which would mean retirement time for a lot of conventional gas cars.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I have a lot of 20 year old gas cars pushing based 180,000 miles and they are doing fine. The biggest thing that brings down a old gas car is the transmission going or it having a oil leak flaw.

      1. Michael says:

        The biggest killer of gasoline cars is moving the vehicle from a dead stop. That’s when the most wear occurs, both on the engine and transmission.

        The hybrid systems in the Volt, Prius and Fusion (and other similar) are fantastic at increasing engine and transmission reliability because they relieve the gas-fueled part of the system of those duties.

        I won’t be the least bit surprised when this Volt crosses 500,000 miles. In fact, I’ll be a little disappointed if we don’t hear of several crossing that milestone.

        1. Ocean Railroader says:

          My gas car’s biggest enemy is stoplights in that it’s engine has trouble getting up to speed and the breaks are very sensitive to skidding.

          When I test drove the Leaf it had no trouble with stopping at stoplights and had no trouble getting up to speed. It also had no trouble passing other cars on the expressway.

      2. Stephen Bragginton says:

        And the cost of driving on gas only,

  5. Nix says:

    His MPG and MPGe are actually impressively high, considering how 35% EV miles is pretty much the worst-case scenario for the Volt.

  6. Jelloslug says:

    Any car that hits 200k is a “good car” in my book.

  7. Ocean Railroader says:

    I saw a story that Tesla wants their cars to live a million miles

    I think the Chevy Volt could get up to 500,000 or 750,000 miles.

  8. Terry says:

    Hope his Volt becomes part of the MMC club. The way he is driving he may be close to a million miles in 3 or 4 years

  9. ffbj says:

    Considering a 2016 Volt, nice to see good reports.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    That is the beauty of Voltec.

    Split the wear and tear between two powertrain and put the even light load on the ICE so it will last longer.

    Perfect design.

    Hope the Gen2 Volt can carry on.

    This actually makes Gen1 Volt somewhat a “good buy”…

  11. John says:

    I wanted a Gen1 because I knew it would be over-engineered. GM couldn’t afford for the car to fail.

    That being said…If these cars are over-engineered to the point of topping 300k miles, what does that say about Gen2…if GM wants to make money on them, they’re going to need them to wear out so they can sell more…

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:


      Maybe that is why GM doesn’t want to push for Gen1 Volt since it will last forever.. =)

      Maybe Gen 2.0 is designed for only 300K miles max. =)

      1. Goaterguy says:

        That may be true but reality is that no car is designed to last forever. Personally I haven’t owned a car that I have driven more than 150,000 miles. I put about 12k miles on my 2014 Volt last year.

  12. Phr3d says:

    There are Very few people that purchase a car new and drive it until the wheels fall off – I did that for years with 80’s and 90’s Hondas, but they weren’t uhmm, real nice cars after 200k. rust, anyone?

    Dunno the statistics against sales lost if a used car changing hands is lasts ‘too long’, I’ve only ever looked at 10 year old cars to see how well a manufacturer’s product holds up, and there Aren’t many to look at (that aren’t being babied for one reason or another, like my 30 year old toy).

    The Volt might be the Top under-rated product I’ve witnessed.

  13. Josephus says:

    “No noticeable battery capacity loss.”
    !!! Wow.

    Battery vital stats?

    This is why volts are reselling at $17K and Leaf/ves are reselling at $10K- 12K.

    1. Daniel says:

      There may well be capacity loss that’s hidden due to the fact that You don’t have access to the entire capacity of the pack

      1. BraveLilToaster says:

        Yeah, they’ve always babied the pack because they wanted it to last longer. The Leaf uses about 21 kwh of a 24 kwh pack, and the Volt uses 8 KWh of a 16 KWh pack, reserving the first 20% of the pack and the bottom 30% as “not to be used”, for maximum pack lifetime, like the Prius does.

        1. VoltOwner says:

          It’s actually a bit more than that. 65% or between 10 and 11 KWh rather that just 8.

          4 years in, still getting 40-42 miles on the battery.

          I don’t live in my car, so my total miles is 1/10th! EV % lots higher though, over 90%.

  14. Jeffrey says:

    I felt safe buying a used 2013 Volt. Mine just came off lease and had 20K miles. Got it for $17,000. My research shows that GM purposely over-engineered the Volt, it has a 92% customer satisfaction rate and I’m fully aware of the advantages of electric drive, having been an electric car enthusiast for 30 years. The only regret is that the new 2016 Gen 2 is even better! Maybe I can afford it someday.

  15. GWVolt says:

    People need to start talking “TOTAL RANGE”
    Leaf: 85 miles (maybe)
    RAV4 EV: 103 miles
    Volt: 380 miles (any time)
    Tesla: 250 miles (but 2.5x the cost of a Volt after FED/CA tax incentives)
    I3: 150 miles (but stopping every hour and a half or so for more gas after than)
    Volt wins the total range test!
    San Francisco to Los Angeles with one gas stop in a Volt.

    1. TheEvGuy says:

      If range is your only criteria, you should stick to the crappy ICE. The pleasure of driving the EV like Tesla or Leaf is beyond anything an ICE can offer.