If you’re one of the proud few that threw down over $30,000 for a Chevrolet Volt, you might be in for a headache three years from now. According to Kelly Blue Book, the cutting-edge Volt will be worth only 42 percent (or $17,000) of its $41,000 MSRP in just 36 months from now.
For those crying foul, take note that the Toyota Prius sees a has a projected residual of 46 percent after just 36 months. KBB suggests that it has a lot to do with the added resale value of non-hybrid fuel efficient vehicles thanks to their increased demand (gas prices), and thus ruining the value for a more expensive hybrid or EREV. However we like to think it has something to do with the need to eventually replace the batteries on these vehicles, even though the Volt comes with an eight-year, 100,000 battery warranty. It also would prove our theory true if KBB sets an even lower residual for the all-electric Nissan LEAF later this year.
Source: Automotive News