2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

If you're not a prominent General Motors investor, then you (like us) had to sit on the sidelines for this one.

Yesterday, at the General Motors' investor meeting, it was officially revealed that a new pure electric Chevrolet is in the pipeline.

Per the Detroit Free Press:

"Investors got a sneak peek at the vehicles on the condition they not take photos with their phones. Media were allowed to listen to an audio feed of the presentation without video."

You'll find none of the following details in General Motors' "Strategic Plan," nor will you find it in the pair of PDFs (PDF 1  -  PDF 2) associated with the Plan.  Rather, it only exists in comments made by Mark Reuss, GM's global product chief.

Reuss confirmed rumors that Chevrolet will launch a new pure electric car in the not-so distant future.  This, of course, does not include the already-available Spark EV, but rather that much-hyped 200-mile electric car that has been reportedly shown earlier to focus groups (most likely Chevy Sonic based).

As for specific details, none exist right now:

"A GM spokesman declined to provide details on the timing or name of the battery-only vehicle."

The goal, according to GM executives, is to offer a 200-mile electric car at a price of approximately $30,000 by 2016 or 2017.

As for the next-gen Chevy Volt, Reuss only stated that it will "leap-frog" the competition.  Not sure what that implies as the Volt has no competition, but it'll be improved nonetheless.

Source: Detroit Free Press