The Chevrolet Volt made headlines for the wrong reasons recently after being included in a wave of vehicle cuts by GM. While we await to know more about its long-term future, let’s look at the 2019 model year.
News about the coming of a revolutionary electric car from General Motors surfaced nearly fifteen years ago. The concept was deceptively simple: Batteries that provide a given range and a generator that feeds the batteries and extends total range by a considerable margin.
Back in late 2010, when production of the 2011 Volt began, there was nothing else like it. Here was a car that blended a petrol-free driving experience with the peace of mind that comes with the promise of never being left stranded because of depleted batteries – this was GM demonstrating its superior approach to a “hybrid” automobile.
Success came fairly swiftly but recent changes and product refocusing at GM have brought with them some big news.
Here are the 5 things we know about the 2019 Chevrolet Volt
1) The final Volts will leave the Detroit/Hamtramck Michigan Assembly plant in March of 2019. GM will focus on 100% EVs (which GM has always said the Volt was…) and will thus cut the Volt from Chevy’s product portfolio.
2) There will be a 2019 model year Volt in the US. We’ve reached out to GM Canada to find out if we too will get a 2019 MY Volt. We’ll let you know when we hear back from them.
3) US pricing for the 2019 Volt has increased slightly but the value proposition has never been better. GM is however already offering some discounts based on your preferred acquisition terms.
4) When GM prepared the 2019 Volt earlier in 2018, it would seem that there was no plan to actually discontinue the car at the time. New for 2019 is a 7.2 kW onboard charger that can provide up to 22 miles per hour charged with a 240-volt charging unit, or about half the time it took for the 2018 car. This feature is standard on the top Premier trim and available on the LT.
5) Also new for 2019 are a pedestrian alert system with front and rear exterior speakers, new rear-view camera and infotainment system upgrades.
While the news surrounding GM’s production plans are bleak, we’re convinced this will ensure the company’s long-term survival. We are however sad to see the Volt which held such promise be cut.