2016 Chevrolet Volt Launch Timeline Fully Revealed


We’ve posted similar information here at InsideEVs earlier this month, but now we’ve obtained official 2016 Chevrolet Volt dealer slides that make it oh so easy to figure out when ordering a 2016 Volt will be possible in the state in which you reside.

DOSP = Dealer Online Service Program

So, orders can be placed in California starting on May 28, with production for California deliveries set to begin in August.

Nationwide orders can be placed beginning October.ย  Those vehicles will enter production in November.

If you don’t reside in the early launch states, then it’s likely you won’t receive a 2016 Volt until very late in 2015 or early next year.

Some additional graphics presented below:

2016 Chevy Volt Colors/Interiors/Etc

2016 Chevy Volt Colors/Interiors/Etc

2016 Volt Ordering Guide

2016 Volt Ordering Guide

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Californians who order a Volt on May 28th will have to wait 2 whole months before they get their car. ๐Ÿ™‚

(That’s a jab at Tesla)

Honestly I think the new Volt will be a huge hit. Consider, it’s styled like the million sold a year Civic, it’s sized like a Civic, it’s priced close to a Civic (after incentives), yet it has better features, way better mileage, and therefore far better for the environment to boot. Way to go GM!!


I think the roomier, 5-seat, and more fuel efficient (when driving on gas) Malibu Hybrid will cannibalize sales of the Volt.

If you’re concerned about a 4 MPG difference in efficiency when on gas, then you probably shouldn’t be in the market for a Volt anyway.

Correct. The Volt is for people who want to avoid gas, not use it more efficiently.

Would be great if GM had used a lean burn engine as the generator for the Volt 2.0

It’s actually expected to be a 6 mpg difference with the Malibu Hybrid being a much roomier car that actually seats 5 tall adults (Malibu Hybrid is 47 mpg combined while the Volt is only 41 mpg combined). As stated in the article below, the Malibu Hybrid is expected to be rated 47 mpg combined, 48 miles per gallon city, and 45 mpg highway.


You also have to realize that a significant portion of the U.S. population pays well over $0.20/kWh for electricity (urban areas in the northeast U.S.). If electricity is say $0.25/kWh and regular gas is $2.75/gallon, then driving the 47 mpg combined Honda Accord Hybrid is $200 per year cheaper than driving a Nissan Leaf! You’d spend $900 annually for gasoline to drive the Accord Hybrid, and $1,100 annually in electricity to drive the LEAF.

These are my electricity rates. Warning, sit down before clicking on the first link. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Those prices make an argument REAL fast for grid-tied solar.

Let’s say you use 24 kWh per day. At $0.31/kWh, that’s $6/day = $180/month in electricity. If you get hit with super-peak rates then it’s going to escalate quickly.

A 6 kW solar panel array w/ inverters etc would likely cost $10-12k installed, a pair of Tesla 7 kWh power walls would cost maybe $10k or less.

Even a sizeable grid-tied w/ battery backup system would pay for itself within 10 years.

Wow you guys are getting screwed! In austin texas it only costs .11/kwh. Which would make a Nissan leaf only cost about 500 a year.

Those calculations take into account just fuel, and so aren’t really interesting at all. More interesting would be a real TCO calculation, that also took into account:
— Periodic service, as per owner’s manual;
— Insurance cost
— Residual value after end of ownership period

Here in Michigan, DTE charges me $.04 / kWh (.07 w tax) IF I charge overnight or on weekends. (Which I do most of the time). Love my Volt and excited to move up to Volt 2.0

You make me so happy to be living in Texas and paying 6.7 cents per kWh for a 100% renewable energy plan. Love my Leaf!

I live in Texas too, but our power is not nearly as cheap nor renewable as with you. Where do you live?

I don’t believe that most people pay .$25/kWh to charge their cars. In Southern California the super off peak rate used to charge a car is $.11/kWh. I am sure most utilities have similar plans that cost less.

A few counter points: There is almost zero probability that gas prices will remain at $2.75/gal. Most likely the prices will push back up to above $3/gal. a year from now. If another major international, disruptive event occurs, prices will quickly rise above $3/gal. Secondly, I think the $0.25/kwh electricity rate you used is the highest in the region, and the average is around $0.18/kwh. I live in MA and pay $0.12/kwh. Thirdly, while cost may be important for some, I think many Volt owners are motivated by the environmental benefits and the pleasure of driving on electric mode.

And what would the proportion of the population who pays that much be?

Combined yes, good point. My 2013 Volt with less range, a smaller battery and lower MPG on gas is 232 MPG – combined.

The only people who can afford pluin cars are those who can do math.

No, the Hybrid Malibu will eat up sales of the other non-GM hybrids, especially the Prius.

“itโ€™s sized like a Civic, itโ€™s priced close to a Civic (after incentives)…”

You’re being sarcastic, right?

Few things you need to know:
(1) “Rumor” has it that the new Civic is moving toward the mid-size next MY (possibly this year or next);
(2) You can really seat 5 people in the current Civic – all adults (just saw one passing me earlier).
(3) No incentive is needed to buy Civic, unless the CNG version. Volt, to get the max incentives, requires its buyers to be in the very high income bracket, unless the buyers are single, have no mortgage, and lives a quite modest life.
(4) You have to pay sales tax on the incentives in California, where the Volt is targeted, making the price quite expensive (close to $1000 in taxes on top of after tax credit + incentives price, if you qualify).

I just don’t see how the Volt can be a sales hit, especially when compared to the Civics.

#2 The 2015 Civic has a big hump in the 5th seat.

#3 & 4 Lease, or buy used. Also, a similar Civic costs $22K, or $11K less than the Volt. After 10 years the fuel savings, oil change savings, and brake job savings, easily covers that spread, and that is without the incentive. And if you thing $33K is ‘expensive’, realize the average new car sells for $32K today.

Not sure if you realize what you’ve written: 1. I’m not going to debate with you about the 5th seat. NO ONE can force you to believe that Volt’s center seat in the rear is NOT for a 5th person. A car seat with a baby in there, yes, but that’s it. More importantly, the Civic big hump, as you say, does not change the situation in the Volt, does it? 2. Leasing, or buy used. Well, there’s no 10 years lease, so your argument to fuel saving is totally invalid, especially since you are trying to compare a LEASED Volt vs a PURCHASED Civic. How about, comparing leasing for BOTH? If you buy used…same thing! You look at the used price of a Civic, and compare it with a used Volt (new generation, of course, which is impossible at this point). And I am not the one who thinks whether $33K is expensive. The average new car price MAY BE $32K today, but that’s for ALL CARS. You aren’t comparing a Volt to a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz S-Class, etc. are you? Or comparing it to the Yaris, Accent, Versa Note, etc.? If you aren’t, then it makes your… Read more »

#1 – You said people would buy a Civic over a Volt because it has a real 5th seat. I pointed out that it has a big hump in the 5th seat. Not a “real 5th seat” as you claim.

#2 – Leasing was in reference to getting the tax credit even if you don’t make enough taxable income (btw you can still get partial credit, it’s not all or nothing). Buying and keeping for 10 years was to show you can recoup the extra costs due to fuel/maintenance savings. Regarding the average price, it’s just that. Do you think the Volt is above average or below average, or average? If it’s average to you, then its average price matches its average value to you.

If you insist that Volt can accommodate an adult in the center seat, so be it. If you want to use the Civic as an argument for having a hump and NOT having a real 5th seat. So be it. I mean, there are people who could have seen the truth right in front of them, and still would rather close their eyes, well, so be it. You tried to mix leasing and buying there, not me. All I am saying is that you should NOT mix them together. Leasing a Civic is also cheap, and there’s really no maintenance needed for a low mileage lease, since oil change on a Honda is at 7500 mi now. The only thing will really be fuel. If you buy at end of lease, you don’t get to have the $7500 tax credit, per current GM lease (unless it’s changed). You pay it back to the leasing company via ballooned payment. Even if you argue that the maintenance of a Volt is cheaper – sure it will be, but NOT by too much if you actually do Math, because maintenance are either on mileage or year. More importantly, one weakness – and I… Read more »

One more thing: the # of years you’ve mentioned is very long. Thus, to really wheel in the advantage, one should not trade his/her car for that period of time, and that include those who current own a Volt – if that’s what you are suggesting (to the current Volt owners too).

I doubt that most people will hang on to a vehicle longer than 7-8 years, in the US.

I might hang on to a Volt for that long but I’m not normal. AWD affordable used Tesla EV may lure me away or Subaru when they finally get with the program

There is 12 inches of distance between the two seat buckles for the middle seat in the Civic.

I don’t know many “rear end” that can fit inside a 12 inch distance.

Talking about 5th person in any compact class vehicle is just talking about “hypothetical” situation.

Legs, MMF, LEGS!

Don’t you forget legs. I tried to remind you many, MANY times.

It’s not hypothetical that most humans DO HAVE LEGS.

So where are you trying to put those when sitting in the middle of a Volt? What shape can one bend the legs with those huge cup holders there? If only our skeletons can bend and twist like snakes…oh wait, that’s hypothetical.

Because they don’t.

Get it?

The 2016 Honda Civic has been shown and it is super-ugly! My wife almost threw up when she saw it.

Do you think we will know the pricing for the rest of the options by August 1st?

Well if they can place orders in a week, then we should know all the pricing then, correct?

I don’t know. Dealers can order the CA Volts without knowing the complete price. I want to negotiate the price before the next wave states put their orders in around Labor Day…not after it arrives on the lot in November….

Just so I get your intent right: How is this a jab at Tesla? You can order a custom made Tesla today, and have your car by the end of June. There is near-zero backlog, evidently.

A friend of mine just ordered a Tesla Model S. He was told it will not be delivered for 3 months.

I’m a bit annoyed that despite being built in Detroit and one of the top Volt markets, those of us in Michigan have to wait until the National roll-out. I’d like to be able to sit in and drive one by the end of September so it can factor into my next car buying decision.

I agree with you guys too. Not sure now what I am supposed to do with my current Volt whose lease ends in November. Can I just carry it an extra couple of months? I have never leased a car before so I don’t know about this stuff!

Well, guess I’ll wait till next year at the earliest to buy one, as I don’t want to get it and also immediately have to buy snow tires for it living here in the Midwest.

I hope GM do well with this car. It is the best of the REV’s and can still be used as a proper EV for a much wider envelope.
Also hoping demand is high and that they can keep up with that demand, their battery production doesn’t seem to be that encouraging.

If there is no more allocation of green stickers then the idea to prioritize California is a waste of time. Every single one of the 10 Volt owners at my company did so only because of the stickers. I’m really curious to see what happens with the HOV lane access issue over the next 3-4 months. If there’s no further allocation, a lot of people will migrate to white sticker cars instead of the new Volt.

I am with Tim F., I too live in Michigan and an really disappointed that the Volt, produced right here in Michigan (a major Volt market), will not be made available until November/December. Who within GM came up with this lame idea?

I live in Illinois near Chicago. Waiting until early next year is a big disapointment.

I live in Washington state. ‘Great market for EVs, but having to wait for the national rollout to order the 2016 Volt. 90 minutes south of me, in Oregon, they can order in late August.

How likely is it a Chevy dealership in Portland will allow me to put in an order for a Volt, in late August?

This isn’t a sales tax dodge; I know I’ll pay the sales tax when I register the Volt in Washington. I just want to get my hands on the 2016 Volt as soon as I can. And I want to be able to order exactly the Volt I desire.

The 2014 Volt is the best driving car I have ever owned. The smooth powerful Voltec system is a marvel. John G. Nelson Camarillo Ca ?