The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

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    The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

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    One of the biggest worries about electric cars--and hybrids for that matter--is whether their expensive high-voltage battery packs will last the life of the car.

    If not, potential buyers worry, they may be saddled with thousands of dollars of cost in years to come.

    The evidence on hybrids is largely positive over the last 15 years, but there's less evidence for electric cars.

    Now, however, we have a new data point: Erick Belmer's 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car just crossed 300,000 miles last week (dated content), as he posted to a Volt Owner's Group on Facebook.

    And Belmer says it shows no apparent degradation in either its battery capacity or its electric range (rated at 35 miles for that model year).

    After 140 comments and almost 800 Likes, the general consensus among owners is that the Volt appears to be hugely durable, and that battery life is the least of a Volt driver's worries.

    >> Current: Total Miles: 372,764 (Battery: 129,704; 34.8%)

    >> The owner, Erick Belmer, commutes 110 miles each way to work. He works for GM and they closed down his plant in OH. Instead of moving his family, he commutes. He calls his commute his second job.

    >> Not sure if anyone heard from the Chevrolet Volt Owner's FB page, but Sparkie broke down last Sunday and had to be towed to a Chevrolet dealership. Message on the center console stated "Lost communication with high voltage charging system". Anyway, problem was caused by the failure of the Powertrain Control Module. $1,000 and 3 days later Sparkie was back on the road.

    >> Noticed he recently uploaded the video above where he states NO overall range loss from his battery pack even after so many miles!

    >> At 95,000 EV miles I have seen no significant degradation in my range. I always drive 100% EV. Next Monday will mark 4 consecutive years without using my range extender. I am always pushing the range in my Volt. If I was losing range, I would know. I can still get about the same range out of it as I did when I had 5 miles on the odometer back in December 2011. I do not baby it. Frequently I dip down to just a few miles of range left and drive around 1,800 EV miles per month. I do drive slower than most by mostly avoiding highway speeds, so maybe the slower discharge rate makes a difference. Funny thing is, my 100K warranty on the battery will expire when I have 99,860 EV miles. Unfortunately there will be no free upgrading of the battery for me as it is still perfect.

    >> Following "Sparkie" on Voltstats along witn reading user reviews is what convinced me to take a chance on GM and the Volt. I look forward to reading about Sparkie hitting 400,000 miles. At the rate I am accumulating miles, it will be 2025 before I hit 100,000.



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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    My lease recently ended on my Volt...and I do miss it. What a great vehicle. Never had one single warranty claim...none.

    However, I miss a manual transmission even more, and I have decided to get one while I still can. My next vehicle will be a rear-wheel drive mid-life crisis car, and will not be practical in any shape, form or function.

    The decline of the manual gearbox often feels like a drawn-out but doomed military campaign: the occasional battle is won for enthusiasts, but there’s a strong sensation that the overall war will be lost, possibly sooner than we’ve expected. At BMW, the next casualty could be the 3-series, at least in its non-M varieties. “Across the world, virtually all of our 3-series [models] and above already have automatic transmissions,” according to Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing. - Car & Driver magazine.


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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    first NEAT story BUT I will add the VOLT is SO SAFE with its battery BECAUSE of the engine generator removing range anxiety ++ I believe the batt usage levels increase to counteract the range loss IE deeper discharge and HIGHER charge state to KEEP the USABLE capacity the same

    the REAL test will be the LEAF and iMIEV and OTHER NON assisted EV cars that HAVE TO USE high % of batt capacity to deliver the advertised range

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    It only got that much miles because Opel re-engineered it for Chevrolet.

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    It only got that much miles because Opel re-engineered it for Chevrolet.
    Please explain.

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by tnmats View Post
    Please explain.
    Well some here have Claimed GM north America cannot engineer anything well.. that is why they need Opel

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Well some here have Claimed GM north America cannot engineer anything well.. that is why they need Opel
    LOL. And of course Opel owns Constantinople, created Little Opel Annie, and is responsible for the Shakespeare play Opello. Quite a company! And GM let it go for two bil! Krikey.
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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    LOL. And of course Opel owns Constantinople, created Little Opel Annie, and is responsible for the Shakespeare play Opello. Quite a company! And GM let it go for two bil! Krikey.
    That's German engineering for you!!

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    I'm impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Well some here have Claimed GM north America cannot engineer anything well.. that is why they need Opel
    The German chief engineer of first gen Chevrolet Volt, Frank Weber, worked for Opel from 1991 until 2007, when he was transferred to Warren Tech Center to focus on the Volt project. Weber then returned to Germany in 2010 to head product planning for Opel. That didn't last long, as Weber left Opel for a position at BMW the following year.
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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    GM is capable of the most amazing engineering in the world, this is another example!

    Now they need an equally effective marketing arm....

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Well some here have Claimed GM north America cannot engineer anything well.. that is why they need Opel
    Well that one came back kinda quick and smacked you, huh?.................



    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    The German chief engineer of first gen Chevrolet Volt, Frank Weber, worked for Opel from 1991 until 2007, when he was transferred to Warren Tech Center to focus on the Volt project. Weber then returned to Germany in 2010 to head product planning for Opel. That didn't last long, as Weber left Opel for a position at BMW the following year.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Well some here have Claimed GM north America cannot engineer anything well.. that is why they need Opel
    Nice.

    That must explain the wonderfully engineered Saturn L wagon we used to own, it was basically an Opel, right? It had that fantastic Opel engineered V6.

    Every part that gave problems was stamped "Siemens" or "Bosch". Every. Single. One. I swore no more "German engineering" again, reminded me too much of my father's BMW, aka, Break My Wallet.

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    Re: The Little Volt That Could Heads For 375,000 Miles; One Breakdown

    I thought I read somewhere that the Volt only had access to about 60% of its battery and that's why the battery lasts so long. The Pacifica has access to a much larger percent of its battery so it's presumed it won't last like the Volt battery does.

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    110 mile commute EACH WAY. I might've enjoyed that thutty year ago. But that was then and now is now. I hope he runs good taars.
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