The 2016 Chevy Volt, the second-generation model of the electric vehicle, will go into mass production beginning in August, to meet orders in the US.
GM, the American carmaker of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, has already made pre-ordering for the electric vehicle available initially in the state of California, the car’s home state where it shall also be manufactured.
Order books for the vehicle were opened as of last week although there were reports that residents of Golden State were allowed to order the 2016 Chevy Volt as early as May 28 according to a Chevy dealer website.
But come August 27, pre-ordering of the vehicle shall also be made available to other American states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, reports Green Car Reports.
The electric vehicle won’t became available nationally for pre-ordering in the US until October 1, and it is likely to officially hit the American retail markets in January next year.
Variants of the 2016 Chevy Volt
The 2016 Chevy Volt shall come in two trim levels – the base LT and the uplevel LTZ model. Accordingly, the starting price for the electric vehicle will be $33,995, which is $1,175 less than the 2015 Chevy Volt.
The electric vehicle will also come in seven exterior colors, two cloth and three leather upholstery styles, and two 17-inch alloy wheel designs.
GM has already stopped production of the 2015 Volt to retool for the upcoming model. The rather unusual long production shutdown will enable dealers to clear their inventory of the old model, because sales of the 2015 Chevy Volt have significantly slowed down over the past couple of months after the unveiling of the 2016 Chevy Volt during the Detroit Auto Show in January this year.
Anticipated electric cars
Based on the electric car sales report in the US published by EV Obsession for June 2015, the top three electric vehicles were the 2015 Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model S, and the 2015 Chevy Volt.
The Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S were in a neck-and-neck battle for the top spot as only 20 units separated them, 2,074 to 2,054. But the third-running Chevy Volt is quite distant, with a little over half of the sales of each of the first two, at 1,225.
According to Clean Technica, June 2015 was a poor sales month for electric cars compared to the same month last year when the figures were quite good.
But it seems that things would turn for the better for electric car sales in the next few months as all the three car manufacturers whose electric cars are leading the sales statistics will actually release new electric car models in the next three to six months.
Nissan will be releasing the 2016 edition of its Leaf early next year; Tesla Motors will be rolling out its Tesla Model X SUV sometime in September this year; and General Motors (GM) will also be unravelling its 2016 Chevy Volt early next year. Those are the three most anticipated electric cars in the US and perhaps in some parts of the world too.
Most of the American electric car enthusiasts are putting their biggest bet on the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt. Tesla may have an ace in its sleeve with the Model X, but it is just way too expensive when compared to the 2016 Chevy Volt or the 2016 Nissan Leaf.
So if Americans would start patronizing American brands, the toss-up will be between the Volt and the Model X as the Leaf is of Japanese origin, despite being manufactured in the US.