Of course, it's still early on, and the head honcho refrained from naming specific details or model nameplates – but it's clear they need them as fast as possible to make sure the company will meet the ever-more-stringent federal fuel economy regulations, according to CNBC. Initially, GM led the way in the PHEV sector with the Chevrolet Volt produced over two generations between 2010 and 2019 – but the model was phased away, citing slowing demand and other factors.
Naturally, at the time, they were also highly confident that the internal EV revolution would make PHEVs superfluous by this time – which wasn't exactly the case, as it turns out. Instead, it turns out that Toyota's slow rollout of EVs was a saner strategy for a legacy automaker as nobody seems able to compete with Tesla's quick-rising sales and fast-dropping prices just yet.
The imaginative realm of digital car content creators has also noticed GM's new idea and quickly came up with a solution through Vince Burlapp (aka vburlapp on social media or burlappcar.com), a prolific virtual artist who loves to dream of all the latest models across the wide-ranging automotive realm. As such, to get GM out of the predicament quickly, the pixel master simply envisioned a third-generation Chevrolet Volt.
There's logic behind it, as the model would have a loyal following already, and people will immediately see it as a potential rival to the 2024 Toyota Prius Prime. Interestingly, not long ago, the author also envisioned a potential Prius EV as Toyota's next step for the series.
So, do you think the CGI expert nailed the styling of a potential reborn Volt, and would it be quirky yet enticing enough to jeopardize the popularity of the new Prius Prime? Also, is GM prepared for a return to PHEVs, or should we be fearful they might botch them just like they did with the BEV3 and Ultium-based EVs?