The first-generation Chevrolet Volt wasn’t exactly the smash hit General Motors wanted the car to be. Although it gained traction over the years, cheap gas across the U.S. has stalled EV and PHEV sales for most brands in general.
When looking at the sales results released for June, one thing rings true: the second-generation 2016 Volt can’t arrive soon enough. Chevrolet moved only 1,225 Volts in June, down 31 percent year-over-year. In comparison, consumers scooped up 2,074 Nissan Leafs, down 11.6 percent year-over-year.
Deep discounts should continue to move the outgoing Volt before the 2016 Volt comes in to shake the PHEV party up for the better. Chevrolet has opened order books for the 2016 Volt in California, while the rest of the U.S. will see a gradual rollout in the coming months.
We can’t blame serious plug-in shopper, though. The 2016 Volt will offer everything the current car offers, except better in every way, shape and form. Gas won’t stay this cheap forever, so the 2016 Volt should be poised to do great things.