With improved styling, better roadholding, a larger battery pack and massively improved efficiency, the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt is due to make its official market debut later this month.
Indeed, its EPA-approved range of 53 miles per charge and a fuel economy of 106 MPGe in electric-only operation represents a massive improvement on the outgoing first-generation 2015 Volt, ensuring that dealers across the U.S. are already getting plenty of foot traffic from customers eager to get their hands on one.
As is often the case with new plug-in cars, the state of California was due be the first state in the union to see the next-generation Volt with sales due to start in the Golden State in the next few weeks. Other key states, such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rode Island and Vermont were due to begin deliveries some time in October, with the rest of the U.S. offering the brand-new plug-in by the end of the year.
Now that’s changed, reports Hybrid Cars, with the news that Chevrolet has significantly altered its 2016 Volt launch plans, with California and the ten other states listed above which follow its zero emission vehicle mandate the only places where you’ll be able to buy the new Volt before the end of this year.
Elsewhere in the U.S. — that’s the other 39 states — won’t see the Volt until next year, by which time it will be sold as a 2017 model year car. What’s more, those who do live in the so-called CARB ZEV states where the 2016 Volt will still be sold will find that availability is dramatically reduced.
The reasons for Chevrolet’s abrupt change of plans aren’t crystal clear at this stage, although a GM spokesperson told Autobloggreen earlier today that “Chevrolet has a shortened model year for the 2016 Chevy Volt that will have a limited distribution network,” adding that “the 2016 Volt will be sold in our strongest EREV markets. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt will begin production early this spring and will be available throughout the country.”
Understandably, the whole situation has upset Chevrolet Volt fans across the U.S. who were hoping to trade their existing cars in later this year for the all-new model. But the news has also irked those dealers who have found the Chevrolet Volt to be a popular car and support GM’s drive towards more sustainable transportation.
Some dealers were so frustrated about the delay that Hybrid Cars says they took to Facebook to vent their frustrations, letting customers know at the same time that the delay wasn’t their fault.
We’ve reached out to GM for further clarification, so we’ll let you know when we have it.
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