Even though the NHTSA investigation concluded that the Chevy Volt is just as safe as any other gasoline powered car, several dealers nationwide remain skeptical, or so it seems.
In the New York City market alone, GM allocated a total of 104 Volts to dealerships last month, and dealers decided to order just 31 of them. These same dealers ordered over 90 percent of the other vehicles they were eligible for. This, however, could be the dealers’ recognition of NYC’s infrastructure currently being sub-par when it comes to EV support, rather than not standing behind GM’s products.
General Motors has admitted that “dealer ordering is down” for the Volt, mostly due to the NHTSA hoopla and general misinformation from the overall media, which we have observed for ourselves. What’s more, GM executives said they backed away from the ambitious 60,000-unit sales target set for 2012, and instead plan to build as many as customers want, which could mean anything.
On the flip side, Ourisman Rockmont Chevrolet near Washington, D.C. — which sold 19 Volts last year has another 18 en route to its lot.