The order books for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt may have been open for some time in California, but the rest of the U.S. has been patiently waiting to use their federal tax credits to step into a next-generation Volt.
Unfortunately, it looks like the majority of the U.S. won’t be receiving the 2016 Volt at all.
Inside EVs originally obtained a Chevrolet dealer document, showing a received timeline for 2016 Volt orders and production. The original schedule had the 2016 Volt launching in California exclusively in August and September, with 11 other states following behind shortly after. The rest of the country would be graced with the all-new Volt this November.
Now, General Motors has confirmed the timeframe has changed. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will see an extremely limited model year in the 12 confirmed states this fall, while the 2017 model year Volt will begin production in February of 2016, with an early spring availability.
GM spokesperson, Kevin Kelly, delivered the official statement saying:
Chevrolet has a shortened model year for the 2016 Chevy Volt that will have a limited distribution network. The 2016 Volt will be sold in our strongest EREV markets. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt will begin production early this spring and will be available throughout the country.
If you must have a Chevrolet Volt this year, the current 2015 Volt remains one of the hottest automotive deals, however. Until then, many will have to wait until next spring to hope behind the wheel of the latest Volt.