Holden has never sold a battery-electric car and only dipped its toes in the market with the Holden Volt, a reskinned version of the first-generation Chevrolet Volt. Some environmental groups believe the brand missed a golden opportunity to forge an electric future with the first imported Commodore, but Holden says otherwise.
According to a report from The Guardian published last Friday, groups felt Holden could have shown the future way forward in Australia with a hybrid or electric Commodore. The calls for an electrified Commodore come from a market that’s not so privy to EVs. According to the report, 0.1 percent of new car sales in Australia were electric in 2016.
Nevermind the fact that General Motors does not build an electric version of any car sharing the E2 platform. The closest variant is the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. Holden had its own reasons for sticking solely with internal-combustion engines.
“Almost all [of electric cars sold in 2016] were well over $60,000,” a Holden spokesperson said. “Commodore has been an affordable Australian family car for 40 years and its accessibility and value is an important part of its DNA.”
The spokesperson added that Holden will continue to analyze the market for a potential electric-car introduction, but he added that mass-market EVs are likely “a few years away.”
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV does not support right-hand drive, which rules it out for Australia. It’s likely one of GM’s next electric cars on a new architecture will grace Holden. The automaker plans for 20 new battery-electric cars by 2023.