Last year, reports indicated General Motors planned to pull the plug on the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The latest information suggests the Volt isn’t going anywhere, however.
Automotive News reported Monday that the Volt will not die, but if it does, it will be in body style only. The Volt will enter showrooms for 2019 with updated charging technology for quicker charging times, but a redesign will happen in the early 2020s. It’s at that time the Volt could potentially morph into a plug-in hybrid crossover vehicle and ditch its hatchback body style.
We previously argued a switch to a crossover style for the Volt would only do good things for the plug-in car, though the hatchback is pretty darn handy as it sits.
Aside from the Volt’s new lease on life, Chevrolet may also plan for a new battery-electric crossover to debut in 2021. The CUV will reportedly be close in size to the Equinox and may have even once been a Buick. The latter has reportedly put its electric-car plans on hold as GM works through inevitably losing its federal tax credits for electric cars, perhaps as soon as this year.
We also heard Chevrolet showed a battery-electric performance vehicle to its dealerships earlier this year, too.