Chevy Volt Production Has Officially Come To An End

2019 Chevy Volt

FEB 22 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 162

Slightly sooner than expected, too.

It’s now official. Chevrolet has pulled the plug on production of its Volt. The plug-in hybrid that helped kick-start the electric vehicle revolution will no longer roll from the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The cessation seems to be a bit earlier than expected. When contacted after news of model’s upcoming demise first broke, the automaker had said production would stop in March of this year.

Ostensibly, the decision to axe the Chevy Volt was made because the company plans to close the entire factory in which it is built. However, now comes news that the facility will remain open until January of 2020, pumping out pollution machines like the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6. The Buick LaCrosse, which is also produced there, did not get a reprieve.

This truly marks the end of an era. The car was very attractive to those who felt an all-electric couldn’t completely fulfill their needs. The 2019 edition can travel an EPA-rated 53 miles on a charge before the gas engine kicks in to keep the vehicle in motion. Indeed, it was a huge sales success in some parts of the U.S. and in 2018, it edged out its all-electric sibling the Chevy Bolt on our Plug-In Sales Scorecard by a few hundred units.

The situation is especially sad for our InsideEVs resident Volt owner. His car is serving him quite well, even if it has, as evidenced in the photo below, also been recently put on ice.

The model’s demise doesn’t mean the end of the road for plug-in hybrids with significant range. The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid effectively function in a very similar way, allowing owners to mostly drive using energy from the battery, but also allowing for trips far beyond its 48-mile electric range without the need to stop at a charging station.

If your heart is still set on a Chevy Volt, good news. There is still some amount of inventory available through the automaker’s dealerships — some at amazing price markdowns. Also, our sister site MYEV.COM has dozens of previously loved examples awaiting their forever home.

Source: The Detroit News h/t Brian R.

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So sad.

Was the main crix to the Volt not its expensive chassis design with the large transmission tunnel allowing the T-shape pack? That and it’s close to being a compact car.

I think the main problem was that the car was too small, at least for most of us. I am tall but the front seats were fine for me, but if I have friends or clients in the car it is a big problem. If I have two fairly tall people in the car with me, I have to eat the steering wheel by moving my seat up quite a bit.
The fact that GM priced the entry level Volt over $40k for the first year was an unnecessary own goal as well. All the critics used that pricing blunder to beat the Volt over the head with for a full year. Once the price of the pack dropped from $1000 a kWh (the first year) to under $200 a kWh (the last couple years) GM should have taken the opportunity to turn the Volt into a CUV of sorts. Stretch the interior (and the wheelbase) by a couple inches and sacrifice a bit of efficiency for utility. They didn’t and demand never went back up to the levels we saw in 2013-2014.

Chevrolet representatives at the Toronto autoshow were very strong in stating that a Voltec CUV is most certainly coming soon.

I have heard that as well. But I really don’t believe much of anything from GM any more. I like my Volt a lot, but I don’t think I will buy another GM product. After hearing Pam and Pablo lie through their teeth at the DC Car Show, I just don’t like the people, and now the product isn’t that great either.

Any more?

It’s bad enough words of warning about how Two-Mode was handled and concern expressed from the bankruptcy recovery task-force wasn’t taken seriously. But then GM disregarded advice about how to make the second Volt appeal to a wider audience. How many times will GM be given a free pass? Remember, it was enthusiasts who encouraged the disastrous course that was taken.

Those of us who pointed out those details, noting observations to confirm the terrible choices being made were treated poorly (to put it politely) for our effort. And we were correct! It really did all fall apart… and for the reasons stated way back when it was playing!

Still out sells the crappy Prius with a plug since 2012… Yes, Toyota went into a cave for couple years once the HOV sticker ran out. And it came back with 25 miles of range ONLY BECAUSE THAT IS THE NEW MINIMUM REQUIREMENT IN CA FOR INCENTIVES AND HOV STICKERS.

Shut your Toyota arse kissing pie holes for once… seriously…

You are spot on. The extended range concept works well for a lot of drivers including me. Strangely, I wasn’t aware of just how well until I owned one. I’d buy another Volt tomorrow.

RIP

Well, GM showing their true colors here.

I say this as a Bolt owner (and generally, a happy one).

This is the kind of thing that makes me so suspicious of GM, and makes me tolerate Tesla’s nonsense. At least Tesla is trying to succeed in the EV space.

In their (very limited) defense, they advocated for legislation that would extend/reform the $7500 tax credit, but were not successful.

They seemingly decided the Volt couldn’t be competitive without it.

Very disappointing that they stopped production early, especially given that the factory will now remain open until 2020.
I’m extremely disappointed in that.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

They had previously said 2019 would be the last year. They don’t need the Volt any more. They have the Bolt, which is far more valuable. 3 times the credits, and ZEV rather than TZEV.

So you are arguing compliance?

Sarcasm noted.

Bolt is an LG car bolted onto a lengthened Spark chassis to beat Tesla’s Model 3 to market.

If range is your one criteria – GM WINS! They sell a plastic fantastic $40,000 FWD subcompact with 228-250 miles range whose tax credit is vanishing. They beat Model 3 to market, but who cares!

Hey, if you can buy A HEAVILY DISCOUNTED Bolt, God bless you. But the 100% S.Korean EV compliance cars hitting our shores now, beat Bolt in every way.

A used Bolt EV might make a great purchase 3-5 years from now. Like Nissan LEAF, the resale value will be miniscule. At that, you’ll get a 75% LG subcompact EV that is really quick, has a really great Regen-On-Demand paddle and good batteries.

The Bolt has proven reliability that can’t be so sure the Kia/Hyundai EVs will provide.

Per Consumer Reports, the 2017 Bolt had average reliability (3/5) and the 2018 had much better than average reliability (5/5).

That’s a pretty big deal to some people, myself included. A used Bolt may well be in my future.

” $40,000 FWD subcompact ”

Yes, a subcompact that somehow beats the interior passenger volume of the Model S by less than 1 cu ft…

Why?? Why should they continue to make cars that sit on lots and don’t sell well?? Unlike Tesla, GM is expected to make a profit EVERY QUARTER. If you want a Volt, you can get one RIGHT NOW!! Go get it!!

Seriously, explain to me why GM should keep building the Volt.

They should have evolved the Volt into a cross-over, or a mid-size.

Or a truck that can run on propane range extender.

Yeah, Gen-3 as a mid-size lift-back sedan, with battery in the floor so it doesn’t intrude on passenger or cargo space, and with a CUV version that is slightly lifted, slightly higher roof, and more squared off hatchback … those would be vehicles that stood a good chance at competing.

The high cost and low interior space of the Gen 1 and 2 doomed it to niche sales.

Yeah, sure. Double down on a largely sales failure by spending millions upon millions more on a whole new from the ground up platform and a new vehicle to go on it. Great business plan. There is actually zero indicators that such a vehicle would be popular or sell well at all.

Tesla has shown that some sort of profit can be made from BEVs, so why not take those same investment dollars and work that direction?

Nonsense

One reason Volts didn’t sell is because Chevy dealers never embraced the concept because if the Volt platform were successful, it would cause a huge shortfall in service department revenue – because 1) Volts require less maintenance and 2) low warranty income because they’re too reliable (be aware that warranty income from the manufacturer is a huge portion of service department revenue.) Salespeople also hated them because they had to try to sell something that took too long to explain and many of them really didn’t know anything about the car anyhow. GM really fumbled the ball on this one by not getting the dealerships on board from the get-go.

As take their lobbying to extend the credit as a demerit, not a positive sign. They’d rather harvest profits rather than really sell the vehicles.

how exactly does one compete against 7500 incentive?

With actual volume production?

With every 0 you tack on to the number of parts you’re ordering, suppliers will generally cut about 30% off the per unit price. It becomes more worthwhile to add robots and tools to increase how many cars you can produce with a fixed number of people.

The Volt started at $33K. $7500 represented 22% of the price. So if they boosted production from ~30K/year to ~300K/year, they could lower the price to $25K and be making a greater profit without any incentive than they were at $33K with the incentive.

Would demand be there for the vehicle? Seems like you’d be pretty competitive with the Prius, Civic, Camry, Corolla etc globally at that price and certainly able to sell at that volume, given the Civic and Corolla combined sell well over 2M/year globally, or that the Model 3 is selling well over that volume at a much higher price.

There would not be demand. GM itself and their network of dealers prefer SUV choices. A compact hatchback is not what their customers desire.

Also, trying to compete with the 52 MPG Corolla hybrid or the upcoming Corolla PHV won’t exactly be easy. The shift away from traditional vehicles is becoming quite a challenge.

Sorry my friend. Corolla hybrid or any other hybrid is no match for Volt which can run lot more smoothly on electricity for 53 miles.
And dont talk about Corolla PHV because Toyota says you dont need to plugin.
Toyota is another anti EV company like GM thats why they are selling only 1 plugin and that too in low volumes.

That narrative of an automaker only being able to sell a single choice is what messed up GM. Remember all their “range anxiety” nonsense? They embraced the one-solution-for-all approach, which resulted in abandonment of Volt mid-cycle in favor of Bolt. GM is missing so much opportunity. Reality is, a large automaker needs offer a variety of choices. That means they don’t need to send a unified message in their advertisements. One can show strengths of an EV and the next can show strengths of a Hybrid. That’s why a Plug-In Hybrid fits so well into the mix. Portraying Toyota… a 10-million-per-year automaker …as a business that must choose only one solution to sell is just plain stupid. Diversity is an essential key to high-volume sales. Anyway, we know for a fact that there’s a Corolla PHV coming later this year and a C-HR EV next year. More choices with a plug will follow. So, you can stop with the “anti EV” greenwash and show a little patience. Put it this way, because GM wasted tax-credits on conquest rather than focusing on delivery of a product their own customers would be draw to, you shouldn’t be diverting attention to what happens… Read more »

A $25,000 Volt offers far less passenger and cargo volume than any of the Prius, Civic, Camry, or Corolla, while still being more expensive than them. No, the Volt in its present design is doomed to be a niche vehicle because of it’s limited interior space and high cost: $25,000 is still a relative high cost compared to its ICE competition like the Golf GTI which offers comparable performance (better in some ways) and much better passenger and cargo space and better overall utility.

The Volt needed a re-design to be competitive, with battery in the floor, like the Clarity.

Meanwhile, the Model 3 is very similarly sized and more expensive, still haveinf cheap and minimalist interior, and sells well.

The Model 3 has significantly more passenger and cargo space than the Volt, comparable to the Camry, and has room for 5 people with legs.

If the Volt had those things it would have been much more successful.

I was so disappointed I bought a 2019 Volt yesterday. 3 evs now. Had to go to Geneva to get a Premiere.
My nephew offered to pay for the insurance on the car also if he could only have permission to drive it on occasion – I said “Yeah?? You’ll pay the insurance? DEAL!!!”

GM can bring the Buick Velite 6 from China which is a crossover and has much higher range. Simply stated it is a Gen 3 Volt, but GM does not want to bring it here fearing that many customers will buy it and they will be pressurized to convert other vehicles to plugin.

You design a car that you can build at high volume at a profit without the incentive, then you ramp up volume and sales using the incentive to achieve that high volume and go forward from there, i.e. what Tesla is doing with the Model 3.

Of the big makers, GM put its best foot first.

Thank you, GM.

“Competitive” with what? Toyota Prime and Honda Clarity sell well because one is affordable and the other has a back seat a family can actually use. GM tied an anchor around the Volt from day 1. $40,000 for a Chevy that they promoted with movie ads 6 months before you could buy one for a movie it appeared in for 3 seconds! When they did deliver it to dealers, it was in nine states only. This meant a whole model year wasted. Volt and Cruze shared the same platform. One was shorter, had no rear headroom and sold for $43,000 in Premier trim and it took special orders to find one with ACC. Then GM just decided not to advertise Volt at all. So easy to put Volt in TV ads that already lined up 6 Chevys together, but no, Volt was absent. One comical TV spot had a women (supposed “real live person, not an actor”) say she loved how Chevy won the “Green Car Of The Year Award” – Yet the ad showed Equinox, Malibu, Cruze and Impala, NONE OF WHICH HAD WON THE AWARD! The Volt had the opportunity to become GM’s Prius. It needed advertising and… Read more »

I was so disappointed I bought a 2019 Volt yesterday. 3 evs now. Had to go to Geneva to get a Premiere.

Degenerates.

Shame. The Volt was an excellent stepping stone to EVs.

The Volt is officially dead. Long live the Volt. Well and Truly one of the best engineered vehicles in history!

Who killed the electric car? The consumer. I love my 2019 Bolt, 2013 Volt and daughters 2014 Spark EV. Always thought I wanted a Tesla when I could afford one as I am EV forever now but don’t think I will ever own one now as I don’t want to be perceived as a pretentious jerk. Options are kind of limited going forward as consumers will also kill the Bolt, an awesome car simply because they irrationally hate GM.

So all 300,000+ Tesla owners are pretentious jerks? Wow!

The real pretentious jerk here is Kenneth.

The real pretentious jerks are Tesla drivers who park at EV charging spots and not even plug in. There seem to be explosion of these pretentious jerks as more Tesla gets sold.

These are just jerks. Nothing to do with being pretentious or not.

Pretentious, because they are flaunting that they drive Tesla. Considering I get more ICEd (or Tesla’ed) by Tesla than ICE cars, they are not just jerks who’d normally park at charging spot if they did not have Tesla.

I am pretty sure Get Real and ffbj are the two biggest anti-GM EV jerks that inside EV has ever had.

They are easily found in every GM related article and bashing the Volt since the day those two ever visited this website.

Not all as in every single one… I know a few that are tolerable. 😛

No, just the pretentious ones.

Too late, you have already proven yourself.

“don’t want to be perceived as a pretentious jerk”
Too late!
Somehow driving one of the most advanced ev on the road is bad now? What a tool!

Bad are the real pretentious jerks parking at EV charging spot without plugging in. Tesla drivers are most common offender.

Yep, those dirty #T_HOLES

Most common offender? Have numbers to prove that?

(In relation to total EV owners, of course — absolute numbers wouldn’t prove anything.)

Proof is my experience, practically all that park without plugging in at charging spot are Tesla.

If you are seeing more Tesla’s parked in spots without being plugged in, it may be because there are just so many more Tesla’s out there now compared to your BoltEV or SparkEV.

Or it could be just observation bias, because you only pay attention when you see a Tesla.

Or because Tesla has the longest range, so when it doesn’t get plugged in, it draws the most irritation.

Actions speak louder than words.

Total Failure General Motors.

Unbelievable!

Actions speak louder than words. People don’t buy GM EV/PHV (or EV without Tesla badge). Believable, and fact!

Many of us graduated from Volt to Tesla, but the signaling is GM won’t do PHEV/EREV where it makes the most sence: trucks/CUV/SUVs.

Don’t hold your breath for a 150KWh pickup, either. This is a space where they can go back to being lazy. Everyone else pays for it.

That’s quite ironic. How many times have we heard the “laggard” insult from GM enthusiast?

How many times that we would be sure to hear from you, aka the biggest Toyota arse kissing troll to show up in every Volt related article on every green/EV site? It is almost like a paid job or some kind of personal cult obsession.

Chevrolet representatives at the Toronto autoshow (on right now) were very strongly stating that a Voltec CUV is coming soon.

That’s curious, considering GM has said recently they are axing PHEVs in favour of BEVs…

If GM made electric pick up, you can be sure people will stay away from it even if it’s cheaper than comparable gasser. That has been proven with Bolt on sale post subsidy much cheaper than comprable gassers. When it comes to EV, only thing that matters to people is the Tesla badge.

Melancholic, sad, disappointed, disconnected, upset, angry.

So, so sad!! My 2012 & 2013 Volts have been great and extremely reliable. I’ve always known they would (and have) lasted. I always thought I’d skip the Gen-II Volt and go straight to the Gen-III, but that’s obviously not going to happen.

My very first car was a ’79 Camaro. Haven’t had many GM cars between then and until my Volts. Guess I won’t be buying GM again any time soon. Yes, the Bolt is fun (I got my sister into one in 2017 when she couldn’t wait any longer for a Tesla 3). If I needed a new car tomorrow, it’d be a Tesla 3 Performance.

So long, Volt! So long, GM!

There are a long list of reasons why it didn’t work, most of which have been obvious for a long time. Horrible dealers, Nobody wants to pay $45000 for a Chevy….should be Buick. or it’s a 4 seat sedan….what’s up with that? That’s wrong twice. Should be more room and should be crossover.

But oddly they have already produced a vehicle that fixes those issues (in my opinion). The Buick Velitte 6 which started sales in China in December and sold 5000 the first month. That can easily be passed off as a crossover.

Just seems to be bad execution.

The Volt started at $34k. Way to FUD.

I did not say started at. But also you are quite incorrect if you are going to presume base price. The Volt base model at launch was $41,000 for MY 2011 and that was cloth seats with manual adjustments and what amounted to a Chevy Cruze with 4 passenger seating and cost twice as much. Wrong brand, wrong price structure for that brand, wrong body style for today’s market, horrible dealers, and a reward structure for dealers on sales that disincentivised the dealer to sell you one. Only a fool would steer you to that vehicle on the lot when he’s convinced he can sell you a high margin crossover/suv/truck.
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1047582_chevy-volt-price-announced

And that goofy FUD thing is so weird. It just makes people who use it sound dumb….sorry. What are we supposed to be afraid of….it’s dead Jim. Are we in danger of killing it again? Perhaps scared of Zombie Volt coming back from the dead?

I bought #186 off the line in December 2010. I can tell you the seas were heated leather seats, not cloth, for that entry price.

Also not sure what the base price in launch year has anything to do with the Volt now.

$41K back in 2011 were pretty much loaded.

GM dropped price on 2012 model with cloth version that starts around $38K. I bought my fully loaded except for Nav Volt in 2012 for $38K before all incentives.

Stop your lies. Volt don’t sell because people like who go around spreading lies…

I have several great GM dealers to deal with. this is just your opinion. and it is a 4 seat sedan. and no one paid 45k for it. I dont think it is possible to even option one up to sticker 45k.

Paid 10 grand for mine

Volt did not need more seats

It needed more room for the people in the back seats.

I do not get why? On evey Vold GM lost money? The 3.7k (7500/2) represented that much for GM? Increase price until at least closing the plant in 2020. Sorry but I think from the engeering perspective Volt was the best PHEV out there so why give up the best?

Priority shift. 100% ZEVs are the green future for GM.

Then explain the 100% ICE vehicles that the factory will continue to produce for another 11 months.

New diesel engine to be rolled out for Cadillac last this year.

GM, has a future. First I’ve heard of it.

Too big to fail, they have perpetual future as proven by bailout.

I believe they went through bankruptcy during the last recession?

Bankrupt, but bailed out from liquidation by the government. GM will live forever.

People aren’t buying this.

Count ‘um up, Bro. They’re light-trucks you are looking at.

Shareholders come first, consumers second. How would you like your truck?

The tax credit counts at the date of sale to the customer. They have inventory. There will probably still be some left in inventory once the tax credit starts being reduced in Q2. I wouldn’t be surprised if the dealers can’t move them after Q2 starts, at least to knowledgable consumers. A car that suddenly costs $3750 more the next day.

It has been stated previously that they are killing the related combustion sedan that is made on the same line, and thus the Volt has to go too… This article doesn’t seem to mention anything regarding that — but I would assume that’s still true?

Goodbye Volt- you were such an awesome car!!

When will GM unveil their next Plug-In model?

They must have been working on it for more than a year already.

When their new BEV3 platform is ready, in 2021.

(They originally promised some Bolt derivatives before that; but there was no word on that for a year or so — so at this point it seems likely they just shelved them in favour of the next generation…)

Too little, too late.

In fact, Volt Gen2 is coming to an end in USA.

It will revive soon (GEN 3) in China , it will be produced in China under the name “”Buick Velite 6”

https://insideevs.com/buick-debuts-velite-6-phev-launching-this-year-bev-later-on/

Mary B. GMs Lord VoltNomort,

She whose name is not spoken

This shouldn’t be surprising as the supply chain for the Volt was highly complicated, it was a low margin vehicle (getting lower with adjustments to ZEV credits), the Voltec package was limited in the vehicle formats it could support, and no other automakers were interested in buying the Voltec technology (even though GM was actively marketing it).

More than likely, GM’s next PHEV will be a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (using the cells that they are producing jointly with Honda).

What limited the platforms that Voltec could support?

Yeah, that is BS, they could have moved it out to many different vehicles, they chose not to. I care little if GM survives the EV transition at this point, I’ll be looking elsewhere for my transportation needs.

Seen a video on fc in California. What’s the new DCFC that’s not EA,EVgo or Charge point?

Fuel cells? LOL!

“There is still some amount of inventory available through the automaker’s dealerships — some at amazing price markdowns.“

How do we know this statement is true? It made me curious to see these “amazing price markdowns”.

So I checked two places:

Truecar.com https://www.truecar.com/prices-new/chevrolet/volt-pricing/

This site INDEPENDENTLY shows what is the MSRP and it listed the average price discount (based on their research) is $1,736 for their “market average” statistic.

Then I checked on Costcoauto.com to get a sense of known manufacturer rebates of which, the website listed a $1,000 and a separate $500.

To be honest I was stumped. Was the author telling the truth that the discounting occurs at the dealer level?

So I checked one of the largest Chevy dealers around my neck of the woods:
https://www.chevyworld.com/VehicleSearchResults?make=Chevrolet&model=Volt&search=new

John Sullivan dealer has 2019 Chevy Volts in stock but the price on the website did not reflect “amazing price markdowns.”

Can some provide a weblink so I can an actual new 2019 Volt at a dealer with amazing price markdowns. Thanks.

“8k off BEFORE haggling and incentives/rebates!“

The earlier examples were 2018 and later I scrolled down to see smaller discounts (than 2018) for the 2019.

So thanks for that link.

Careful! Those “huge” discounts looks suspiciously like they are taking the $7500 credit themselves and selling them as used.

Actually, the “Wow” price disclaimer says:

“WOW prices include all applicable rebates and incentives.”

But NOT the federal EV tax credit/local incentives. In MD, those are worth potentially another $9,800.

Those are 2018s. Want power seat 2019, its 40k “wow” price.

All the ’19s I saw listed were ~$6k off MSRP.

Volt is a fantastic vehicle with 53 mile range, 42 MPG and comfortable seating for 4 adults + 1 kid.
GM could have reduced the price taking advantage of reduced battery prices and this could have increased the sales.
At least they could have made the Buick Velite 6 which is bigger than Volt has higher range and more interior space and sold it as Volt Gen-3.

What is even worse is they ended the production 2 weeks earlier and this shows their savagerial instinct against electric vehicles.
GM should take a look at Chinese auto sales, bot the electric & plugin vehicle sales rocketed to 96,000 for a 140% increase YoY.

The PHEV king is dead. Big shoes to fill, but hopefully others will step-in to fill the void.

I love my 2014, but I had no intention to replace with a newer Volt. Technology has progressed quickly and after waiting a few more years I will be looking at a compact EV like the Bolt or Niro. Hopefully we will spoiled for choices.

Hit it’s insurance limit and got taken off life support.

The Volt was never in the running for my family because of its relatively high cost, very cramped rear seating, and limited storage space. It did offer an electric option w/o the range anxiety.

Buy used, 10 grand easily now

only the gop would end the tax credit for the 2 American car companies that spent a lot of money and effort to make and bring an electric vehicle to market but allow a vast variety of foreign electric cars to continue to receive the credit. the tax credit helped GM make the Volt and Bolt and will now be used as a weapon against them to kill them.

The Volt, by far, is the best car I have ever owned.

I have a 2013 volt and I will try to keep forever. Don’t mind paying to keep it running. And eventually a used Model S. They both are stunning vehicles. Thanks to Anthony Vigil the inner tail lights are illuminated!

I have had 4 Gen I Volts that I put on about a total 170k miles on. I just traded a 2015 loaded for a 2018 Premier and I can tell you EVERY thing I would have like to see improved, GM improved it. quieter, more efficient, nicer ride, longer range, more features….. except I think Gen I looks nicer. If I were you, knowing what I know now after driving a Gen II for 3 months and 4k miles is treat yourself to the best and find a Gen II Premier. I still have a 2015 Gen I and I love the looks enough to keep it a long time but wow is the Gen II more refined. GM was definitely listening on the Gen II refresh.

Can’t wait to see what the future will bring here. GM will be back with other variants but across the board the sedan market has collapsed by at least 25%. And there isnt enough profit in them to sustain everyone.

The Malibu Hybrid with the Volt drive is still out there and is a very nice looking car.

What a shame 🙁
The Volt was the best plug-in hybrid in town and ranked as the best selling plug-in car in the American market, at least until January 2019 (the Model 3 will probably overtake it this month).
Any accurate count of how many Volts and its variants (Opel Ampera, Holden Volt, Buick Velite 5, …) were sold globally?
Will the Chinese Velite 5 production continue?

My first step into EVs was the Chevy Volt. I followed it since it was announced as a concept car until I was a proud owner of a 2012 Volt. It was a great car and truly changed how I felt about driving.

People seem to forget the mess Volt was right from the start. Shortly after rollout began, that’s over 8 years ago, I posted this reminder of how expectations didn’t match what GM ended up delivering… Hype vs. Reality: What was revealed to us 4 years ago is quite different from what we actually got. Most just want to move on at this point, especially those who were responsible for allowing unrealistic hope to continue for so long. Anyone who studied the EV knew very well that demands of the heater reduce available range significantly. But enthusiasts absolutely insisted the “40 mile” promise took that into consideration. It obviously didn’t… and they know that well, now. It’s a harsh reality they’re finally coming to terms with. Too bad they didn’t listen to those sharing that information all along. Oh well. It’s like the price target. That was totally unrealistic too. Yet, that hype remained right up to the price announcement. As for MPG after depletion, that approach never made any sense. So, Volt now faces a market rapidly filling with choices. It’s a plug-in hybrid competing against both pure EVs and other plug-in hybrids… not the “game changer” they wanted.

GM’s competitors will get a 7500 tax advantage. It is very hard to compete against that.

the Gen II Volt will easily average well over 40 miles a day on electric, despite “only” doing 30 on the harshest days of an Iowa winter.

the Volt met every expectation I had. when I bought my first Volt in 2012, gas was 3.50 a gallon. 7 years later it is 2 bucks. and despite that the Volt held its own. but 7500 bucks and 2 dollar gas is just too much.

GM competitors? You’ve completely missed the point. Volt’s competition has always been other GM offerings, those vehicles sharing the same showroom floor. I asked the question “Who is the market for Volt?” hundreds of times over the past decade. Enthusiasts didn’t get it. Their contributions to a false hope helped to make Volt fail. They were their own worst enemy and never figured that out. It was always an effort to divert attention to other automakers, rather than taking any time to self-reflect. That’s why “Know your audience” is what the mantra has changed to. Early adopter purchases didn’t lead to anything. Those owners were absolutely delighted with their choice, focusing so much on factors unimportant to ordinary consumers, their endorsements made the chance of GM diversifying the technology less and less likely. Volt became a modern example of “Innovator’s Dilemma”. It’s a trap that could have easily been avoided by putting the same components into an Equinox or Cruze. Instead, GM focused made diesel their recent focus for an efficiency choice in their popular vehicles. Both Equinox and Cruze got that instead. Meanwhile we see the “competition” offering their equivalent as full hybrids. Notice how Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai/Kia… Read more »

Over 8 years ago GM unveiled a amazing PHEV (really EREV) that most manufacturers haven’t even equaled yet (nevermind equaling the Gen2 version).

GM will be handicapped because they took the lead and now face tax credit expiration. Others (notably Toyota) actively fought electrification of the automobile, but can now take advantage of the pioneering actions of GM, Nissan, and Tesla while claiming an undeserved portion of the tax credit for their late-to-the-game products.

John, you and your Toyota masters got their wish. There will now be one less good PHEV for people to compare the sad Prius Prime to.

By the way, we’re all still waiting for you post one negative thing about Toyota to prove you don’t work for them!

EREV is a made up marketing term, without any specific definition anymore. BMW i3 exceeded specs of Volt many years ago, being the first vehicle to actually deliver what Volt was expected to… no direct connect to the engine for propulsion ever.

Volt was too expensive for its audience. Even with the $7,500 subsidy, sales fell way short of what was needed to make it a sustainable product able to replace traditional offerings. No effort to divert attention to me will change that.

Remember that fundamental need to sell vehicles at a profit ?

I have nothing bad to say about BMW or the i3. It’s a good effort.

I’m just making sure everyone knows you work for Toyota, and that Toyota is an enemy of electric cars.

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybridized cars. I wouldn’t be so myopic as to say they actively fought electrification when they’ve sold more cars with an electrified propulsion system than any other manufacturer … by far.

They’ve gone slow on plug-in cars, waiting for the cost of batteries to come down. That’s their prerogative, as they do have an obligation to their shareholders to maintain and grow their profitability.

The propulsion system doesn’t matter — the energy source does. Plug-less hybrids are just slightly more efficient combustion cars, nothing else. And yes, Toyota did — and still does — actively fight electric cars, talking FUD while promoting their combustion cars and hydrogen nonsense instead.

The Camry LE gets 52 mpg combined as a hybrid but only 32 combined as a straight ICE. A 62% improvement is way more than ‘just slightly more efficient’.

still a 100% gasoline vehicle!! Plus it is a Camry often piloted by some of the worst drivers on the road today.

Compared to BEVs, that’s a slight improvement…

HEVs don’t count anymore. They run on gas.

Saving 180 gallons of gas a year when driving 15,000 miles and going from a Camry to a hybrid Camry most certainly does count.

Since sales of the Volt and Bolt (curse GM for similar names!) are almost a perfect 50/50 split, it will be interesting to see if the Bolt picks up the slack or even if GM is willing to increase production of it so that it even CAN pick up the slack? It will also be interesting to see how it fares without the tax credit.

If GM can convert 1/3rd of those Volt sales to Bolts then they break even of ZEV credits which is all they care about. Unfortunately for GM they have a direct competitor in the Kona which has a $7500 advantage over the Bolt so I expect that Bolt sales will decrease not increase, perhaps by a lot.

They will definitely have to reduce the price of the Bolt as the tax credit phases out. The Bolt has more of a future than the Volt though because it was designed as an EV from the ground up, has the battery in the floor as God intended, and has great space, utility, and performance.

They just need to keep the price, after tax credit, competitive in the ‘hot hatch’ category. I.e. ~$24k. And they need to do a mid-cycle refresh for 2020 to keep up with GTI and other competition.

Where is the Buick Bolt-based CUV that we were promised?

I’m guessing we will see the Buick BEV2 CUV launch from one of the big Chinese autoshows in April. I’m also guessing we will see another Cadillac announcement at the New York autoshow in April as well.

17 months ago, we were told this:

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV

Getting a Buick & Cadillac wouldn’t do anything to help Chevy. It also implies Volt is abandoning plug-in hybrids, especially since production ended without a successor in place.

Unlikely Hyundai will feel the need to sell enough Konas in the US to be actual competition to anything…

That $7,500 is huge. I don’t think you will ever see another month of over 1,000 sales of the Bolt after March.

I think this is another GM PR catastrophe. Leave it in production until 2020 when the plant closes and from there on replace it with Buick version rebranded as Chevy Volt. GM does not afford another EV1

Chevy has lost their minds. I have a Volt, it is a great car.

Being so unprofitable for GM and so uninteresting to GM’s own customers was good reason for ending production.

GM needed a popular vehicle using that technology, not a “halo” that only ever achieved subsidized conquest sales.

We all know GM shoppers want SUV choices. That is why GM introduced both Trax & Blazer to their product-line, neither of which with a plug or even as a hybrid. That disregard for the technology Volt demonstrated so much potential for was just completely abandoned. What a waste of opportunity, as well as tax-credits.

Think of how loyal customers shopping the showroom floor of a GM dealer will feel walking around looking for an efficient SUV choice. GM has nothing. Whether or not that person who has purchased many GM vehicles in the past is aware of what other automakers may be offering doesn’t matter. They will be stuck with gas SUV choices of a 28 MPG Equinox, 28 MPG Trax, 24 MPG Blazer, 22 MPG Traverse, or 18 MPG Tahoe.

Think of how popular a SUV choice with a plug could have been.

maybe used volt prices will come down a lot more now

I would think they’d more likely go up?…

Moshe Vaknin - The Electric Israeli

I own the Volt since 2016, love it for the most part. It’s sad to see. They created this car for the wrong reasons and not part of an EV revolution. They better electrify their fleet, or else get extinct…

Badly written legislation killed the Volt. Obviously the tax credit is the primary culprit, how could Chevy sell the Volt against the Clarity when the Clarity has a $7500 cost advantage? But CARB is also to blame, the Bolt gets 3X the ZEV credits as the Volt so from GM’s point of view they can sell 1/3rd as many Bolts and still get the same ZEV credits so why bother with the Volt at all? Congress really doesn’t care at all but CARB should have known better, they let the perfect be the enemy of the good. As a commuter car the Volt is a pure EV just like the Bolt, and unlike the Clarity it runs 100% electric as long has it has juice in it’s battery. But from consumers point of view the Volt has one huge advantage over every other EV, it can go absolutely anywhere and it does it very efficiently. If you look at Voltstats you will see that the average Volt run on electricity 75% of the time. If CARB had been smart they would have treated the Volt as 75% of an EV not 33%, by making it’s ZEV value minimal they helped… Read more »

>> Badly written legislation killed the Volt.

Volt wasn’t selling well even with the $7,500 tax-credit available. Looking at GM sales of their other vehicles overwhelmingly confirms that.

Intended purpose of the tax-credit was to make that automaker’s choice of technology competitive with its own traditional offerings, a means of moving beyond their product-line of just guzzlers.

The belief of it to be a tool used for conquest sales against other automakers is a terrible misrepresentation of what such a subsidy was meant to achieve.

As a Volt owner, I find this as sad news. It’s a great little commuter car that I only fill up 3X a year.

GM begging the EPA to hold off new emissions standards for a couple years to make more polluting cars. Taxpayers end up paying forhealth related issues from air pollution. Big companies do not care about environment. Europe and China are forcing the US to make more EV’s. Look at all the hybrids BMW makes! How many does GM make? Big 3 need to be more responsible. Tesla only US car company that sees the future.

Piss off GM.

Where GM really missed the mark is thinking the Volt and Bolt would appeal to typical / traditional Chevy buyers. People who are “thinking Chevy” passenger cars are usually looking for something more “tried and true”, trustworthy & reliable at a good price. The Volt appeals more the people looking to try something new / cutting edge / avant garde / adventuresome. That’s a different market and the top-level decision makers at GM just doesn’t understand this and didn’t know how to grab their piece of that pie.

Sad day – this was a great vehicle. Hopefully they adapt that drivetrain into a compact crossover.

Sniff 😥

Starting from 2019-04-01 (another 5 weeks), the fed rebate on Chevy Volt/Bolt will fall to $3,750. Really and not April Fool.
What is GM’s plan to make the Bolt compete with Leaf+, Kona, Niro, etc since those models get full $7,500 rebate.
Any plans to reduce price on Bolt. Or fight with Fed to remove the $7,500 rebate altogether.
Or GM know that those vehicles will be sold in limited quantity as compliance cars.

What will they do if Tesla launches Model-3 SR at $35,000 price tag.

They will have to cut the price to move any metal.

GM will discontinue to the Bolt when the tax credits run out.

I guess the used Volt price just went up a bit?

George Robbins & Ron Bass

Big Mistake! We are currently driving our Second Volt and rate it as the Best car we have ever owned

I will put a black ribbon on the back of my 2017 Volt. I will look for that 400+ electric car.