If it takes even that long.
According to a report from Autoline Network and GM Authority, Chevrolet will drop the Volt by 2022 in order to make room for full-on EVs. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid that only uses its gasoline engine as a generator for a depleted battery. Currently in its second generation, the Volt has never been the smash hit GM was originally hoping for, but it’s still managed to leave its mark nonetheless. Don’t be, however, confused with the Chevrolet Bolt, a pure EV that will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
In fact, the Volt may even cease production before 2022, a claim made by a report last summer that also indicated large sedans like the Impala and Buick LaCrosse are also living on borrowed time. Despite the contradictions, the Volt will simply no longer be needed in the coming years. In fact, it’ll simply be out-of-date, technology wise. GM has already announced an aggressive plan to launch 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, most of which will be riding on an all-new platform separate from the current Bolt. This platform will be highly flexible, allowing for both sedans and crossovers. Speaking of crossovers, that same summer report claimed the Volt sedan would die first, but will immediately be replaced by a crossover version.
However, that’s starting to sound less likely given the rapid development pace of EVs. GM CEO Mary Barra has committed the automotive giant to eventually cease internal combustion engines altogether. “GM believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, GM VP of Product Development at the time of the announcement. The Volt, like so many other current GM vehicles, is simply not part of that future.