Though the sales of Chevrolet Volt increased last year, they were down this year
As technology improves, older tech is undoubtedly disposed of as much better solutions take place. The Chevrolet Volt might be the very first victim of the push towards electrification of the auto industry.
A report by AutoForecast Solutions has come through the authoritative GM Authority website, which says production of the Volt will end at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant in 2022, to maximize production capacity for more battery-electric cars and crossovers.
What’s surprising is that the Volt is the sort of technology it would appear we need right now, although it hasn’t got support from buyers in large numbers, as the Volt in North America and Australasia, the Buick Velite 5 in China, or as the Vauxhall and Opel Ampera in Europe and the UK.
Although the Volt is a plug-in hybrid, the first generation just used the petrol engine part of the system as a generator of electrical energy for the battery, not to directly drive the wheels. The vehicle could therefore be driven without the petrol engine being utilized as long as the battery wasn’t diminished, and on longer journeys the petrol engine could kick in to extend the range to something much like a standard petrol vehicle.
The general consensus in America is that Chevy never ever explained the technology of its “range extender” to consumers. Then it watered down the technology for the second generation by turning the Volt into a more standard plug-in hybrid, where the petrol engine can work to power the wheels directly in particular scenarios.
Sales of the Volt increased by 60 percent in the United States last year with the arrival of this brand new second-generation model, but are down once again by 12 percent in 2017 till the end of November. The Volt likewise deals with a further threat from within its own stable as it is now being outsold by the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV, introduced just a year earlier.