The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact SUV that was a part of Chevrolet’s vehicle lineup from the 2011 model year to the 2019 model year before it was discontinued. This compact SUV is renowned as one of the early pioneers of plug-in hybrid vehicles in the auto industry. The 2019 Volt model has an electric-only range of 53 miles before it switches to its gasoline engine, and its battery can be fully recharged in less than 2.5 hours. In addition to its impressive performance on the road, the 2019 Chevy Volt hybrid model is also available with plenty of high-tech features and interior amenities for comfort and functionality—such as a mobile WiFi hotspot, automatic climate control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity, heated front and rear seats, and much more.
When it was first released on the mainstream auto market for the 2011 model year, consumer demands were already turning toward hybrid and all-electric vehicles—however, vehicles not powered entirely by gas were still few and far between in the auto industry at this time. Plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt were especially rare, as most hybrid vehicles in the early 2010s were non-plug-in models.
As such, the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid model generated a lot of hype in the auto industry when it hit the auto market. It has now been a decade since the first Volt model debuted, and it has been two model years since the auto industry has seen an updated, new Chevy Volt following the discontinuation of this model for the 2020 model year.
Keep reading to learn more about why the Chevy Volt was discontinued in the first place as well as whether or not an all-new Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will return to the mainstream auto market in the near future.
Why Was the Chevy Volt Discontinued?
When General Motors announced that they would be discontinuing the Chevrolet Volt following the 2019 model year, many drivers were shocked and disappointed. The Volt had been a fan favorite in Chevy’s lineup since it debuted on the mainstream auto market for the 2011 model year, so many Volt fans had a difficult time understanding why Chevy would choose to discontinue the renowned plug-in hybrid model in their lineup.
There are multiple reasons why General Motors decided to remove the Volt from Chevrolet’s vehicle lineup after the 2019 model year. Inconsistent marketing
surrounding the Volt that led to lower sales numbers was a primary reason why General Motors chose to discontinue the Volt plug-in hybrid model—despite the popularity of the car among its drivers and auto critics.
There was also some confusion among drivers about the Volt’s powertrain while this plug-in hybrid was on the market. This complicated sales of the Volt and lowered its sales numbers, which eventually led to the discontinuation of this plug-in hybrid.
Will the Chevy Volt Hybrid Return?
Since the Chevrolet Volt was discontinued after the 2019 model year, many disappointed drivers have been hoping for a return of this beloved plug-in hybrid model to the mainstream auto market. While nothing is known for certain, there are many rumors floating around the auto industry that the Chevy Volt hybrid model might make a comeback for the 2021 or 2022 model years.
Since they discontinued the Volt after the 2019 model year, Chevrolet has increased their dedication to making as many vehicles in their lineup as possible zero-emission vehicles—vehicles that do not produce or emit any pollutants into the air. Plug-in hybrids and all-electric models both count as zero-emission vehicles. By reviving the Volt, Chevrolet could add one more zero-emission vehicle to its lineup and get closer to its goal of producing and selling only zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035.
Furthermore, General Motors declared in a recent statement that they would soon be releasing a “new gasoline-electric crossover model”. This statement gave Volt fans some hope that this unnamed gasoline-electric crossover model signified an upcoming revival of an all-new Volt plug-in hybrid model in Chevy’s lineup.
Only time will tell whether General Motors will choose to revive the Chevrolet Volt hybrid in the coming years. If the 2021 or 2022 Volt never comes to be, however, General Motors’ track record indicates that they will add some exciting zero-emission vehicles to Chevrolet’s lineup over the next few years in order to successfully satisfy Chevy fans who were disappointed by the discontinuation of the Volt plug-in hybrid.