Production Of Nationwide 2017 Chevrolet Volt Begins!

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 55

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Via one of our dealer contacts in Texas, we’ve learned that today is the day that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt enters production. Ordering books for the 2017 Volt opened back in December 2015.

First deliveries of 2017 Volts should begin in a few weeks  (well, eight or so anyway).

The 2016 Volt was a limited production vehicle (only offered in some states), but for 2017, the Volt will be sold in higher volumes and will be available nationwide.

Changes for the 2017 Volt are minor. Here’s most of what the 2017 receives:

Including destination, pricing for the 2017 Volt LT starts at $34,095, with the Premier starting at $38,445

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55 responses to "Production Of Nationwide 2017 Chevrolet Volt Begins!"

  1. Jean-François says:

    When was the last 2016 produced?

    1. taser54 says:

      Yesterday.

      1. Jean-François says:

        Oh, so there was no pause in between then end of 2016 production and the beginning of the new 2017? Great news if true.

    2. R.S says:

      Next month, there is going to be the 2017 model. I’ll wait for the 2020 celebration model in August.

      1. Sting777 says:

        Huh???
        What excites me about this model is it’s got real High Speed Collision Prevention.
        Going to buy this car, and hand it off to my son in 4 years.

        There are few hybrid-EV’s with good collision prevention.
        Even BMW’s i3 is “Low Speed” collision prevention.

  2. LEAF_n_PiP says:

    And still no 6.6 kW charging option 🙁

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Meh. I’m not sure I want it to have a 6.6 KW charger. That will just encourage Volts to use public chargers which they really don’t need and thus block pure EVs from access to those chargers.

      1. Driverguy01 says:

        +1

        1. Michel says:

          -1 are jalous , frustrated , or what

          1. Sting777 says:

            +1000

      2. John says:

        BUT, it would also allow people that have higher power EVSE’s in their garage to complete their commute, and then run errands after work. I often burn gas in this situation, a faster onboard charger would reduce my gas usage to almost zero…

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          6.6kW is still incredibly slow, and if you’re charging “after work” to run errands, you’re paying peak electricity rates, which are FAR more than gasoline.

          Using my own rates as an example: it would cost me roughly $4.50 (slightly more in summer, slightly less in winter) to charge ~40 miles of EV range after work… or about $2.50 worth of gas. I’d be paying nearly twice as much for fuel, purely for ideological reasons.

          The primary practical advantage of EVs is that they are supposed to be cheaper to operate, not wildly more expensive. There is simply no practical argument for 6.6kW charging in a PHEV.

          1. I respectfully disagree. A Volt user has just as much right to use public charging infrastructure as any BEV driver. 6kW charging would move them off that public resource 2x as fast.

            Charging at home can be done after work at off peak rates, which usually begin at 5 or 6 pm. With residential solar, you might not see any extra charge even if you were charging during peak rates.

            Shorter range PHEVs tend to use public charging infrastructure more often, in an attempt to drive all-electric. That is a good thing.

            1. Spider-Dan says:

              First: “getting a full charge twice as fast” and “moving off the charger twice as fast” are not the same thing. Given that we’re talking about 4 hours vs. 2 hours, I find it unlikely that drivers will be motivated to stop what they are doing and go move their car from a free charger when they aren’t yet ready to leave. I think the stronger argument would be more mileage, but 6.6kW is still incredibly slow.

              I would like to know where you have off-peak rates that start at 5PM; for PG&E (which services most of California), the special EV rate has peak on weekdays until 9PM and partial-peak until 11PM. Even on weekends, peak is from 3PM to 7PM.

              6.6kW is extra cost for extremely marginal use cases, most of which are more expensive than using the gas engine built into the car.

          2. Stephen says:

            Not all utilities charge peak rates. Seattle City Light does not. I don’t have to care what time it is when I plug in.

          3. shane says:

            Completely disagree. I have a 2016 Volt, and enough solar to power it and the house, with an end-of-year excess. But a number of times now I have run out of electric power when doing multiple errands in one day. 6.6 Kw isn’t everything I ever wanted, but it is almost 2x the speed of the 3.6 kw charger, and a major improvement. I would have selected it as an extra cost option – if it were offered.

          4. Daniel says:

            like many of us that live in “flyover” country within the U.S.A. My electricity rate is $0.11 per Kwh. day / night all year long so YES 6.6 would be a VERY welcome option for getting quicker turn around times at the plug both at home (for going out etc. after work in the evening) and in the wild, (for making public chargers more cost competitive due to increased throughput to the battery v/s gasoline usage) This may be even MORE of a sore spot with the added range of the new Volt

          5. Speculawyer says:

            6.6 KW is not fast-charging but it can be damn useful for a pure EV. If you are pushing your vehicle and doing days where you do around the full charge of driving, it is nice to be able to plug-in and get a few more miles in 15 minutes or so in case you are a little worried. There are lots of L2 chargers out there compared to DC-fast-chargers.

            But it is not that important in a PHEV.

        2. Sting777 says:

          The less gas burned is better for everyone.
          And a Volt at a charger is only there for a short time, with high speed charging. So, yes that would be a nice option.

      3. David Murray says:

        On the other hand, if they had 6.6KW they would spend half as long at those public chargers that you don’t want them using.

      4. Richard says:

        Your comment is not welcome, all electric car have the same right to recharge. you have more range so your not supposed to need recharge

      5. telveer says:

        So, you want them to use the EVSE 2X longer? PS: Anyone with a plugin can use a public charger.

        1. pjwood1 says:

          Will Adaptive Cruise work below 30mph, or is it like GM’s other Adaptive Cruise?

      6. Think about it says:

        You’re saying Volts shouldn’t use public charging because they can choose to drive home on gas. But I could also make the argument that leafs don’t need to use public charging because their owners can drive an ICE vehicle on the days they choose to drive outside of their battery range. Both arguments use the exact same logic and both are equally silly.

        Oil is the enemy not other plugin drivers.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          +1

          1. James says:

            +1 to your +1

        2. Spider-Dan says:

          “But I could also make the argument that leafs don’t need to use public charging because their owners can drive an ICE vehicle on the days they choose to drive outside of their battery range.”

          …I agree?

          If you’re fine relying on public charging for your trips outside of your AER, it doesn’t make sense to buy a Volt in the first place.

          This is the point. The people who want 6.6kW charging so they can pay peak rate pricing to charge at home midday, and/or wait around retail areas (either at high-traffic free chargers or extremely expensive non-free chargers) for hours to recharge, just to avoid using oil at all costs… these people should own a BEV, not a Volt.

          If you are that ideologically committed to reducing oil over saving money/time, why would you buy a Volt to begin with?

          1. Stimpy says:

            It’s like you are unable to comprehend life outside of California where this peak rate period doesn’t apply. You should get out and see the country!

            My provider charges a flat 13.5 cents 24/7. You bet I would want 6.6 kW charging in my Volt! The faster the better.

            1. Spider-Dan says:

              I’m certainly willing to consider a heat map of EV sales by state and compare that to electric rates in those states, if that’s what you’re getting at.

              In any case, GM has already stated that the majority of Volt drivers charge at 120V, so it seems like a waste to design the car to account for a 6.6kW charging option when most Volt drivers don’t even have 240V chargers.

              1. TX NRG says:

                That’s almost like saying … it would be a waste to design the car to allow more than a top speed of 70 mph (chip limited) because the majority of Volt owners live in CA where that is the maximum allowable speed. Most Volts are driven on urban or secondary streets or through highway congestion and rarely exceed 45 mph so allowing a top speed above 70 mph is not needed for a Volt or PHEV. Leave the higher speeds for pure BEVs only.

                In my state the top speed limit is 85 mph and wanting to restrict the PHEVs to below 70 mph in this analogy wouldn’t make sense. It would also slow the BEVs down following behind the slower PHEVs on the highway; same as waiting behind one at a charging station when they are charging at a 3.3/3.6 kWh rate when 6.6 would be faster.

                We don’t have TOD rates and I pay 7 cents per kWh 24×7 when I exceed the output of my PV system. I’d like to have the 6.6 kW option in the Volt. It would be especially appreciated at home on weekends when running multiple errands and also sharing the charger with the wife’s EV and would reduce the need to charge at a public charger, but if I did, I’d be done quicker and out of the way for the next EV.

                1. Spider-Dan says:

                  That’s funny, because I would use the same MPH analogy, but differently: it’s like you’re saying that the Volt’s top speed should actually be 125MPH instead of 100MPH, when very few Volt drivers even go 100MPH as it is.

                  The idea that there will be a significant time saving by going to 6.6kW is not credible; 20 miles of range per hour of charge is still interminably slow.

                  In contrast, there is a real, tangible benefit to using 240V charging for the vast majority of Volt drivers (i.e. those on TOD rates): you can fully charge the car during off-peak windows. Yet even with that clear cost savings, most Volt drivers still don’t care to use 240V.

                  There is not a sufficient market for 6.6kW charging. The majority of the people clamoring for it should really be driving a BEV instead.

      7. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Wow, that’s a rather obstructionist way to look at the situation.

        What we need is more PEVs on the road creating more demand for public fast chargers, to support installation of more charging stations.

        We also need PEVs with bigger battery packs and the ability to accept a faster charge, to create demand for chargers with the ability to charge at faster speeds.

      8. Michel says:

        About an BMWi3 with an RX
        Last saturday I have done more millage than usual. So when I went to the Gym mid afternoon .the 6 charging stations was free. I did charge for an houre an half.
        But if only one is aviable I don’t mind leave it to a pure EV . But if an pure EV owners come with an attitudes, arogance, ect . I dont know if I’lll leave him the charging station . My old Volt is at 85% Ev . Still better that notting .

        1. Loaddown says:

          Boy! What a life in beatiful California, watching the charger wars with the Teslas.
          Do you ever think it was too early to get a BEV?

          My Volt question is, why not have the Bolt flat battery layout to enable a real back seat – the overwhelming gripe of new buyers.

    2. ziv says:

      6.6 kW charging as an option would be really nice. I don’t need it on my Gen I Volt but I don’t know how many times I have parked my Volt to charge over lunch hour and then ended up using 5 or 10 miles of gas genset that would have been all electric if I was charging faster. Not to mention the fact that time based charge rates make 3.3 kW opportunity charging way too expensive.
      We are talking a couple hundred dollars worth of upgraded parts that GM could be making a profit on while making Volt owners happier.

      1. ziv says:

        Argh. I meant to say “I don’t NEED it but it would be very nice to have”…

      2. tom911 says:

        Give me 6.6- I’ll pay for it!!

        As others mentioned, too many errands in one day means I have to revert to gas because I can’t charge more/faster at home between trips.

        1. kdawg says:

          That’s the $64,000 question, what would it cost? (hint: not $64,000)

          1. Raymondjram says:

            I bet that some engineers (I wish I could) will reverse the design of the Volt’s charger and develop an aftermarket 6.6 kW upgrade, maybe for less than $5,000. If that was true, do you believe than many Volt owners will buy it? I don’t think so, but it could be an option that some Volt owners would buy.

  3. Brian says:

    Excellent! Let the 2016 sales rally begin!

  4. Speculawyer says:

    I hope they sell tens of thousands of these Volts. This model sells far fewer cars than it deserves.

    But I guess . . . for the millionth time . . . GM really needs to put the Voltec drivetrain into more body styles! SUV, minivan, pick-up, CUV, larger sedan, etc. Do it!

    1. David Murray says:

      Well, that is virtually guaranteed. The old generation Volt sold “tens of thousands.” What I’d rather see is hundreds of thousands.

    2. ffbj says:

      It just seems like a million, but I agree, it seems a million to me too.

    3. Raymondjram says:

      The Chevy Volt will have two “siblings this year: The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid and the 2016 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid. Maybe GM will surprise us for 2018 as they did with the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV last year.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        Ugh. They need to stop with the Caddy Voltec offerings. Your crazy grandpa doesn’t want one of those new-fangled hippie cars.

      2. Stimpy says:

        The Malibu is a nice offering except it is 100% dependent on gas. Put a damn plug on it! This isn’t rocket science.

        1. Raymondjram says:

          This Malibu will be a Ford Fusion Hybrid competitor. If it sells well, then GM can redesign the Malibu with a larger battery. But it will not be soon.

  5. Chris says:

    Two items:

    1. Nice to see 2017 Volts will likely be hitting dealers sooner than anticipated!

    2. Adaptive Cruise (the “biggest” of the new features for 2017) is, ironically, delayed until later in the year…perhaps MUCH later based on comments I am seeing.

    1. Sting777 says:

      Where? Are you seeing those comments?

  6. Koenigsegg says:

    This car hauls f**king ass

    thats all I got to say

    can easily smoke sports car while being extremely efficient and practical and has nice looks

  7. Koenigsegg says:

    Home Link is a feature….

    which is a joke that its not on 2016’s

    got my big ass brick remote control in the arm rest lol but it actually fits nicely

  8. Bill Howland says:

    Its a good thing they didn’t put a 3.3 kw charger in the BOLT otherwise everyone would be complaining about that too. I’m still curious as to the maximum power drawn at mall ChargePoint DOcking station which would let me make an inference as to the maximum charging crrent allowed in the 2016 volt.

  9. super390 says:

    The more Volt buyers tell their neighbors that they’ve been able to get around almost entirely on electricity despite only 53 miles of range, the more those neighbors will consider all plug-in options, because their range anxiety concerns will be alleviated, but they might be shopping for something cheaper than a Volt next year.

  10. Scramjett says:

    Good, I welcome the influx of 2017s. Maybe this will stop the dealers marking the Volt up so high!

  11. CMAutomotive says:

    2017 Chevrolet Volt offer more optional in interior. Volt is prestigious electric car from GM. We expect big competition in Tesla models