All-New Chevrolet Volt Sales Restricted to 11 States for First Model Year

2016 Chevrolet Volt

This fall, it’ll be tougher to buy a 2016 Chevrolet Volt than a 2016 Tesla Model S. That’s because General Motors is limiting sales to only 11 states for the first couple of months after launch.

GM said California dealers would receive the first Volts, followed by 10 other states that follow the California Air Resources Board laws (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Pennsylvania and Washington, two other states that have adopted CARB legislation, which requires manufacturers to meet stricter emissions standards than the EPA, are not part of the initial rollout.



By next spring, the 2016 Volt will be hurried offstage for an early-arriving 2017 model with more features, according to Automotive News. By then, it will be sold nationwide. Five years ago, General Motors restricted the first-gen Volt to six states and took a full year to bring the car to all 50. GM wouldn’t explain its decision to replay this scenario given the car’s well-established customer base, but at least this time the wait will be much shorter for residents of the other 39 states.

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