The next-generation of the Chevy Volt is due in 2016, and owners are letting GM know that they want more room, more range, and a lower price. If GM can manage that, Volt sales might break out of the plateau that has seen it eclipsed by the Nissan Leaf.
Automotive News reports that the lack of seating is one of the main issues owners have with the Volt. The seating gripes relate to the Volt’s 2+2 setup and L-shaped battery, which means the typical American family can’t all fit into the Volt all at once. Meanwhile, 35 miles of driving range is good enough for 63% of driving to be in electric mode on average, but Volt owners are looking for more range, probably in the area of 50 miles, which would bring the Volt a lot closer in range to cars like the Nissan Leaf.
Finally, there is of course the price. GM has already slashed $5,000 off of the Volt’s MSRP, but the General has said that it would like to cut the price by an additional $5,000 before the next generation debuts. Newer, better battery tech should help along those lines, as well as possibly offering two different battery sizes and fewer luxury options. The Nissan Leaf S is a fairly bare bones EV, but it has helped Nissan almost double sales of the Leaf in America.
If I could make one other suggestion, how about a sportier exterior? The 2007 Volt Concept pictured at the top of this page looks nothing like the Volt GM eventually built, but I think something a little edgier and cooler looking could only help sales.
Should GM managed to improve these three factors with the next Volt, customers should flock to Chevy dealers.