The first-generation Chevrolet Volt may not have been the hit the brand was hoping for when the revolutionary vehicle hit roads, but it’s been well documented that the car has been more than reliable.
How reliable? Here’s a few numbers to digest.
According to InsideEVs, during the recent 2016 Chevrolet Volt media drive (which we attended and you may read here), Larry Nitz, General Motors’ Vice President of Electrification, remarked on the durability of Volt battery cells.
“We’ve seen what I would call pharmaceutical levels of quality in cell production. Of the more than 20 million cells that have been produced for the first generation Chevy Volt, we’ve seen less than 2 problems per million cells produced.”
Doing a few basic calculations shows that’s less than 40 problem battery cells out of 20 million produced. There are vehicles and technologies that would kill for that kind of ratio.
Chevrolet may not have had a real winner on its hands originally, but creating the basis for future applications could be more rewarding than it knows in the future. Especially since the 2016 Volt is a pretty damn good PHEV.