Not-so-good news for Chevy Volt fans. Rumors have been circulating for years now when it comes to Chevrolet pulling the proverbial plug on its Volt model; however, a recent report that has surfaced indicates in might happen come 2022. As per the report, it seems that General Motors (GM) has an idea to shift focus, gearing to utility vehicles and electric crossovers; which is a key element around the decision when it comes to the Volt’s demise.
Some months back, the rumor mill was kicked into high gear when it was thought that GM was thinking about taking out six-passenger cars from its American lineup by the end of 2020. One of these would be the Volt, which was thought to be replaced by a crossover plug-in of some variety, or an all-electric auto.
Motor 1 reported that if and when the plug is pulled on the Volt, the idea won’t be too shocking, considering the decline in sales when it comes to passenger vehicles in the U.S. GM is ambitiously trying to launch 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, therefore there will be a wide variety of models that could replace the Volt. It’s important to note, GM has yet to confirm anything around this; however, in February 2016 GM stopped production of the Cadillac ELR, closely related to the Volt, due to declining sales with a mere 1,024 units sold in 2015.
Still, as per numbers from CarSalesBase, the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is currently doing alright with 2016 numbers revealing 25,000 and over 18,000 this year from January to November. So, it is all about perspective.
With GM working towards a minimum of 20 EVs by 2023, it will start to roll this plan out with two all-electrics produced in the next year, year and a half and they are likely to be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck facility.