The Chevrolet Volt, and its European Opel Ampera cousin, will not be seeing the other side of the pond as the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt prepares for its North American launch. But, that hasn’t stopped one French advocate group from petitioning General Motors for its return.
According to Gas2, a petition has been introduced by the Association Amperistes et Amis des Véhicules Rechargeable to GM clamoring for the plug-in’s return to the European market.
Initial sales of the Volt and Ampera were quite good, as the Volt and Ampera earned the 2012 European Car of the Year. Following its recognition, advertising and marketing efforts were largely pulled for the PHEV, leading to a sales slump.
But, there’s a pretty obvious reason Europe won’t be receiving the Volt: the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
The 2017 Bolt is rumored to be produced alongside an Opel-badged cousin at the Orion assembly, and would provide Europe a full-EV option in the market. Whether Europeans will like the idea of a PHEV, or an EV more, remains to be seen.