Get ready, because Chevrolet has officially announced that the next generation of the controversial Volt extended-range electric car will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this upcoming January. To get everyone excited about the revised 2016 model, the company has released a teaser image of a portion of the car.
From what little has been revealed so far, the design of the next-generation Volt looks more rounded and less angular. So far industry experts are still anticipating a five-door hatchback configuration for the car. The Volt has been adept at drawing in new customers to GM, with the possibility of that trend increasing with the redesign of the model.
Why is this such a big deal? Despite having its critics, the Chevy Volt is the reigning champion in the United States when it comes to plug-in electric car sales. Since the car first went on the market in December of 2010, it has racked up over 65,000 unit sales, edging out the Nissan Leaf that boasts over 58,000 unit sales in the U.S. as of the end of July.
There is no denying that the Chevrolet Volt is a market force that needs to be acknowledged. Owners have created a networked community where they swap tips and stories, as well as offer other forms of support to fellow Volt drivers. They also have driven over half a billion miles using only electricity, which totals 63 percent of all miles Volts in the country have traveled so far. According to data from GM, owners who charge their Volt regularly go to a gas station less than once every month, driving about 1,000 miles between re-fuelings.