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Chevrolet Volt production could end in 2022, most likely to be replaced by electric crossover

It is not the first time that we have heard rumours about the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Volt. In fact, it has been years since we first heard of it, and today, the rumours are back. And it seems like it will actually happen in 2022. According to GM Authority, sources from AutoForecast Solutions say that the automaker plans to focus more on developing electric crossover and utility vehicles, and this is why the automaker sees no future for the Volt.

Apart from the idea of discontinuing the Volt, General Motors is actually considering getting rid of six passenger cars from its United States lineup by 2020. Of course, since these models will be gone for good, the company has plans of replacing them with a plug-in crossover of some sort, or a fully electric vehicle. That isn’t such a bad thing to be honest.

So if rumours are true, and if Chevrolet goes as planned, it will not be a big surprise to many anymore. This is also because passenger cars have not been moving as well in the United States. Moreover, the American automaker’s long term plan is to launch a total of 20 new electric cars by 2023, so do not be too sentimental about the discontinuation of the Volt, because you will have a lot more to choose from as a replacement to it.

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Used Chevrolet Volt batteries help power GM Data Center

Now that Chevrolet is near to launching the second-generation Volt for 2016, it’s high time to explore what can be done with the batteries from the first-generation units. It turns out that it still has a lot of use. For instance, five of these batteries are currently helping sustain the lights at the new General Motors Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground.

There are plenty of applications for these repurposed scrap Volt batteries including bat houses and nesting boxes for certain duck species. Typically, the Volt gets its power from a band of energy in the battery pack so there’s an ample supply of power for stationary use. The circuit breaker panel of the administration building receives power from a new solar array and two wind turbines.

This panel holds five Volt batteries, which work together with the main power supply and deliver net-zero energy use on an annual basis. Pablo Valencia, senior manager, Battery Life Cycle Management, said that as much as 80% of the battery’s storage capacity is left even after it has come to the end of its life in a Chevrolet Volt.

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GM announces price drop for 2016 Chevrolet Volt, starts at $26,495

General Motors has cut $1,115 from the price of the redesigned Chevrolet Volt. The 2016 Volt, which will be available starting this fall, will have a sticker price of $33,995, which includes destination costs. The 2015 Volt is being sold for $35,110, which includes shipping expenses. But as soon as federal tax credits of as much as $7,500 are considered, a 2016 Volt can be bought for as low as $26,495.

With state incentives in California, the Volt’s price may fall to $24,995. This marks the second time that GM has reduced the Volt’s price. The 2014 Volt’s price was reduced by $5,000. Several modifications were made on the 2016 version of the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid car. It now comes with a smaller battery pack that produces more power.

On a single charge, it boasts an electric driving range of up to 50 miles. It can also now seat a fifth person with an optional jump seat. The 2016 Volt is equipped with a powertrain that has a new four-cylinder engine and the 2nd generation of the automaker’s Voltec hybrid drive.

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GM stops production of 2015 Chevrolet Volt

Production of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt will stop at the end of May. General Motors seeks to cut its stockpiles in the U.S. and aims to begin the manufacture of a redesigned version of the plug-in hybrid later this summer. GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho cited many reasons for the suspension. These include engineering changes, plant renovations, and sales that failed to meet expectations.

In 2014, Volt sales in the U.S. fell 19% with only 18,805 units sold. Deliveries during the first quarter of 2015 were 48% lower with just 1,874 units sold. On April 1, there were 5,400 Volts held by Chevrolet dealerships. At the existing sale rate, these stocks will last 211 days, the Automotive News Data Center revealed.

A report from The Wall Street Journal actually talked about the production change even earlier. GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant builds the model. While Volt production is suspended, the plant will continue the production of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac ELR and Opel Ampera. Later this year, this plant will start production of the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan after it resumes Volt production.

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GM unveiled its all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and as expected, the new vehicle shows a brand new design and promises greater efficiency and better acceleration. The second-generation Volt uses a 1.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine a.k.a. range extender that produces 101 hp at 5600 rpm.

The new two-motor drive unit is also 12 percent more efficient than the first-generation and also 100 pounds lighter (45 kg). According to GM, the two-motor drive unit delivers a total output of 149 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. GM says that the 2016 Volt accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds (0-30 mph in 2.6 seconds), while top speed is 98 mph or 157 km/h.

Furthermore, battery capacity improved to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation), while the weight was reduced by more than 20 pounds (9.8 kg). Using just the energy stored in the battery, the 2016 Volt offers an all-electric range of 60 miles (80 km). Still, using both the energy from stored in the battery as well as the range extender, the 2016 Volt offers a range of 420 miles (676 km).

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The second-generation of the Chevrolet Volt will feature Regen on Demand, the driver-controlled battery regeneration system found in the Cadillac ELR. This feature allows the driver to employ paddle shifters to decelerate while going downhill or nearing a sharp turn, with the car's momentum converted into electricity for storage in the battery pack.

The capability of the system was demonstrated at General Motors’ proving grounds in Milford, Michigan by no other than GM product development chief Mark Reuss and Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah.

The Volt features two paddles on the back of the steering wheel, which a driver could use to adjust the amount of energy captured by the braking system.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show but the manufacturer releases more details as the big event is getting closer. According to General Motors, the charging system found in the next-generation Volt is now easier to use in order to recharge the battery. Based on GPS data, the vehicle will know when it arrives “home” and will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at that location.

Moreover, users will be able to pre-set their vehicle’s charging level to 8 amps or 12 amps on 120V only and whether they wish to charge immediately or set a departure time for each day of the week.

In addition, the new charge status indicators show when the charging has begun, while delayed charging is show with additional tones. The system will indicate even if the charge port door was left open after unplugging.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be introduced in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show but details are already starting to emerge. According to General Motors, the next-generation Volt plug-in hybrid will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which will act as its range extender, which means that the new version will get a bigger engine that the current 1.4-liter powerplant.

This engine is part of a new, more fuel-efficient family of small engines that will be used by the new GM vehicles globally. Although previous reports said that the new Volt will get a three-cylinder engine, GM has other plans and we don’t expect to see a problem with the bigger engine as the plug-in hybrid car will definitely be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

According to GM CEO Mary Barra, the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be built at the company’s engine plant in Flint, Michigan while the battery cells will be supplied by LG Chem in Holland, Michigan.

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Chevrolet will officially introduce the all-new 2016 Volt in January at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit but just like any other carmaker, Chevy wanted to tease the new vehicle once again. As expected, no details or specs were released just an explanation about how the 2016 Chevy Volt was camouflaged.

What we do know about the upcoming vehicle is that it will be capable to offer an all-electric range of up to 200 miles or 320 km, which is quite remarkable if we take a look at the current model’s electric range of just 37 miles or 60 km.

“If it were up to me it would be a shoebox driving down the road,” said Lionel Perkins, GM camouflage engineer.

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GM finally announced that the next-generation Chevy Volt will debut in January, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. These words came from Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. In addition, the manufacturer said that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will continue on the same successful path taken by the current version but declined to give us any details regarding its new technology.

A source revealed us the fact that the 2016 Volt will offer an electric range of around 200 miles (320 km) but still, nothing is official. Priced from $34,170, the current Chevrolet Volt uses a 1.4-liter gasoline power range extender that generates 84 hp and powers the 55kW generator as well as by an electric motor developing 149 hp (111 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.

Energy is stored in the 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, which offers a range of 37 miles (60 km), while helped by the internal combustion engine the range is 500 km (310 mph). We do expect to see some impressive numbers from the 2016 Volt.

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Chevrolet Volt customers know what they want for the next generation of the gasoline-electric vehicle. While Larry Nitz, General Motors’ executive director of hybrid and electric powertrain engineering, wouldn't disclose how the next generation of the Volt -- due 2016 -- will evolve, customers already have a wish list of features they want to be in the new car.

Customers wanted the next Volt to have a fifth seat, a longer electric driving range and a lower price. A recent quiz of 300 Volt customers California – regarding the car's real-world performance -- showed that 63 percent of all driving is done in electric mode, while 15 percent of drivers are exceeding the Volt’s rated 40-mile electric range.

The study also showed that Volt owners who charge regularly could travel around 970 miles between fill-ups and visit gas stations only once a month.

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Chevrolet plans to introduce two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt -- a standard model and a lower-priced hybrid having a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, reports Reuters citing supplier sources. Sources also told Automobilwoche that Opel is also planning a smaller version of the new Volt.

The redesigned Volt is due to be built around 16 months at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck site. Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano remarked that they have found a formula that works for Volt customers and they are going to “deviate from that formula."

In 2013, GM North America President Mark Reuss said that the carmaker could take "thousands of dollars" out of the cost of new Volt. Since launching the first-generation Volt 39 months ago, Chevrolet has so far sold just 58,158 units, despite cutting prices and offering heavy discounts.

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General Motors is planning to make a $449-million investment at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and Brownstown Battery Assembly site for producing the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two undisclosed future vehicles. GM said in a statement that the investment covers $384 million for Detroit-Hamtramck for new body shop tooling, equipment, and additional facility upgrades.

It also covers $65 million for the Brownstown site to help develop the next generation of lithium-ion battery production and future battery systems. GM’s North American manufacturing vice president, said in the statement, that the investments will help the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion.

He declined to disclose whether the investments would result to new jobs or keep existing jobs at the operations. He said during an Automotive Press Association event that they will just allow market to tell what the need will be. Johnson said that the $384 million earmarked for Detroit-Hamtramck is the largest single investment the carmaker has made in the site.

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General Motors is planning make a $450-million investment at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in Brownstown Township to produce the next generation Chevrolet Volt, according to a report by The Detroit News. The investment is seen to result to the addition of a second shift at the site and the creation of 1,400 jobs, the daily said, citing unnamed sources.

GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said the carmaker is planning to hold a news event at the Associated Press Association set Tueday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder were among the invited guests at the event. Sales of the Volt have been slumping almost four years since its introduction.

In the first quarter of 2014, GM posted 15-percent drop in Volt sales in the United States to 3,606. The Detroit-Hamtramck site, which employs about 1,600 workers on a single shift, is the only facility the produces the Volt plug-in hybrid.

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The biggest problem of the current electric or hybrid vehicles is the limited range and it appears that General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson knows this very well. As a result, he wants the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid to deliver a better range when it will hit the dealerships.

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt was introduced back in 2010 and it can travel an estimated 38 miles or 80 km using just the energy stored in its lithium-ion batteries. C

EO Dan Akerson aims to improve the electric range of the Volt by at least 20 percent. "We hope to extend that significantly," Akerson said during an interview on Bloomberg Radio. So, General Motors CEO hopes to increase the range to 50, 60 miles or even more. Still, the bad news is that this will take another three or four years. Until then, Tesla remains the king with an electric range of up to 265 miles or 426 km.

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There is now an ongoing battle between carmakers in the electric vehicle segment – a price war! One by one, carmakers are offering discounts on the prices of their offerings, making electrified vehicles more affordable this year than in 2012. It all started in January 2013 when Nissan Motor Co. cut the sticker price of its Leaf electric vehicle by around $6,400.

That resulted to higher sales and other carmakers followed suit, particularly Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. The price cuts made by these carmakers have left General Motor’s electrified offering, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle, as the priciest mainstream plug-in EV. The Volt has a sticker price of nearly $40,000 sticker price, which does not look appealing enough for people who know they could get a Toyota Prius for a significantly lower tag of $25,010 Toyota Prius.

GM posted a 3-percent drop in sales of the Volt in July, and bared last week that it would trim the price of its plug-in offering by $5,000. This effectively dropped the price of the Volt to $34,995. Jeff Schuster, an analyst at researcher LMC Automotive, remarked to Bloomberg that the EV segment is having “a competitive nightmare,” which forces carmakers to play “within the realm of what others are doing." He noted that, although price war is no longer occurring in the auto industry’s volume sector, it is “alive and well” in the EV segment.

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General Motors is trimming the price of the Chevrolet Volt by $5,000 as other makers of electrified units cut the tags of their offerings. This means that the 2014 Volt will have a starting price of $34,995, including an $810 destination fee, when it arrives at dealerships this month. After applying the $7,500 federal tax credit, the Volt will have an effective price of $27,495.

GM’s move was not surprising, especially that other carmakers have cut prices or sweetened lease deals on EVs and plug-in hybrids this year, leading to higher sales. For instance, Nissan trimmed the Leaf’s base price by $6,400, to $29,650, including shipping, in January 2013, resulting to a spike in the EV’s sales. Nissan more than tripled the sales of the Leaf in the first seven months of 2013 to 11,703 units.

Chevrolet, meanwhile, posted only a 9-percent surge in sales of the Volt in the same period 11,643. Ford likewise trimmed the price of its Focus Electric in July by $4,000, to $35,995 with shipping.

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In an effort to boost sales of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, General Motors is offering cash rebates of $4,000 on the 2013 model and $5,000 on the 2012 model from June 3, 2013 to July 1, 2013. The rebates are in addition to a $7,500 federal tax credit and $1,500 state tax credit for California residents. GM is also leasing the Volt for a down of $2,399 and a monthly payment of $269 for 36 months.

 Volt suffered a 4-percent drop in sales in the United States in May 2013 to 1,607. This affected the volume for the first five months of 2013, which only surged 1 percent to 7,157 units compared with the same period in 2012. According to, the average transaction price for the Volt was $40,236 in May 2013.

The incentive boost for the Volt comes amid price cuts and lease deals on rivals Nissan Leaf and Fiat 500e. In February 2013, Nissan trimmed the 2013 Leaf’s starting price by $6,400 to $29,650, including shipping. The average transaction price for the Leaf was $31,947 in May.

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In the first quarter of 2013, Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan surpassed the sales of the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors Co. – the first time for Tesla to lead this segment. Tesla spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks said that the automaker predicts to sell at least 4,750 units of the electric Model S in the U.S. and Canada when it releases first-quarter results on May 8.

She is reiterating the estimate released on March 31. In comparison, 4,421 Volt units were sold in North America while there were 3,695 deliveries made of Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf.

It’s the first time for Model S (Tesla’s flagship model) to be on top. Incidentally, Tesla had said previously that it will post its profit in the first quarter, its first ever during the past decade that it has been in existence.

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General Motors Co. plans to produce up to 36,000 Chevrolet Volt and other plug-in hybrids in 2013, two sources privy to the matter told Bloomberg News. The planned 2013 output is around 20% more than the production in 2012. GM plans to produce 1,500 to 3,000 plug-in vehicles monthly, according to the sources.

Jim Cain, a GM spokesman, said that the carmaker sold around 30,000 Volt and similar Opel Ampera units in 2012. Cain, however, declined to disclose the carmaker’s target sales for plug-in vehicles for 2013. GM will commence production of the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid in the U.S. late this year with sales starting in early 2014 in North America.

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid will eventually be made available to China, Europe and other global markets. GM has strained to compete against more successful non-conventional vehicles like the Toyota Prius. GM chief executive Dan Akerson originally flaunted the Volt's gasoline-and-electric system as the technology of the future.

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