No Successor to the Chevrolet Volt as GM Plans to Phase Out Hybrids
Recent comments made by GM's new president Mark Reuss suggest that GM is moving away from hybrid production as it focuses on EVs
The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid was among the passenger cars that GM announced it would discontinue late last year. Despite its demise, rumors persisted that GM would replace the Volt with a hybrid crossover. However, Mark Reuss, the incoming president of GM, recently put a stop to such rumors, suggesting that GM is done with hybrids altogether.
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Reuss recently responded to a series of questions following GM’s investor conference last week. One such question revolved around the possibility of GM producing future hybrid vehicles.
In response, Reuss answered that, “Hybrids are just countermeasures to an ICE (internal combustion engine).”
“You can spend your money on getting the real answer, which is providing the customer a zero emissions, sustainable, affordable solution,” he went on to add.
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These comments suggest that GM is no longer interested in producing hybrid vehicles for the American market. Instead, it will focus solely on electric vehicles.
GM’s electrification efforts are already underway. Cadillac will reportedly serve as GM’s top producer of EVs, and the automaker recently unveiled a new Cadillac EV crossover during the North American International Auto Show.
Despite this move away from hybrid vehicles, GM is introducing a hybrid to the Chinese market later this year: the Buick Velite 6. This vehicle will come offered with a full-electric option.
When GM introduced the Volt and its Voltec system nearly a decade ago, they represented the most efficient tech that GM had to offer. Yet, thanks to the rapidly advancing nature of the EV segment, it would seem that this once iconic hybrid is now obsolete.
News Source: Green Car Reports
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