It's a small (but not a cramped econobox) sedan with a hatchback and fold-flat rear seats. It's very versatile, the perfect size for me. I hope they never stop making them. I have another 4 years until my Gen 1 battery warrranty expires, if they are making Volts until 2022 (at least) I will certainly buy another one before they stop making them.The Volt is a small sedan and small sedans aren't popular so it's not surprising that the GM doesn't plan on doing another Volt. That doesn't mean that Voltec is dead. GM is promising 20 EVs in the next few years, I wouldn't be surprised if half of them were Voltec instead of Boltecs. A BEV Silverado, GM's best selling vehicle, will require a huge battery. A Voltec Silverado or Suburban will make more sense for maybe the next 10 years then a pure EV. When batteries get to 4X the energy density of today's batteries it will be time to switch to pure electric for every vehicle but not before then.
BTW I like the Volt's size because it's easy so easy to park and I don't care about cargo space (if it's to big to fit in the Volt I would rather have it delivered), but I'm in a distinct minority. I hope that they release a small BEV sedan as part of their next generation BEV group. I hate trucks, SUVs and CUVs, and I'll never buy one so if that's all they build I'll go elsewhere for my next car.
Diesel has a lack of acceptance (for passenger cars at least) in North America that rivals EV's, unfortunately. People still equate them to the diesels of the 80's and 90's - dirty, smoky, impossible to start in the winter, and smelly.replace the gas engine w/ a small diesel and grab a bunch of the vw people.hell,I'd be looking at that one.
Why put a filthy diesel engine into a clean car like the Volt? I'm completely happy with the MPG of gas engine in the Volt, what I'm not happy about is how often I have to use it. If they were ever to do a Gen 3 Volt I'd want at least 120 miles of battery range, that would be a game changer because the Volt would be a true EV for 90% of the time instead of 56% (my lifetime figure). A range of 120 would make it possible to do 100% of local area trips on battery, I could go to Boston or Rockport or Portsmouth without having to recharge. Even longer range trips, Portland Maine or Newport RI for example, would be more than half electric. Ideally I'd like a BEV with 300 miles of winter range (that probably an EPA range of 500) but I don't think that is going to happen soon enough for me. Until that's possible a Voltec car is a desirable option, but only if they understand that it's primarily an electric car and that the ICE is there to give it flexibility, it's not there as an equal partner with the electric motors.replace the gas engine w/ a small diesel and grab a bunch of the vw people.hell,I'd be looking at that one.
Voltech diesel, properly tuned for the very small RPM range that the engine would run in and given clean fuel in the first place, would likely be cleaner than the equivalent gas engine. Diesels get dirty when the revs change, or when the fuel is contaminated or with poor formulation. And it would be entirely practical to set a Voltec system to run at 2500 RPM exactly. (Starting is no problem either. Got plenty of power for glow plugs if those even make sense, and no trouble turning the engine a bunch of times at full speed. Spin engine, start fuel flow, and it's ON, whether it wants to or not.)Why put a filthy diesel engine into a clean car like the Volt?