Since much hoopla – and greater transparency from its maker – surrounded the Chevrolet Volt during its development and December 2010 launch, the “extended-range electric” car has generated seemingly outsized responses ranging from love to hate.
To chase down all the rabbit trails discussing why this is would require a book, but short of that, we thought we’d post with minimal commentary a list of awards garnered by the car others have written is “junk” from a bailed-out manufacturer, etc.
Teardowns of the Volt by independent third-party engineers have revealed redundant engineering in some places where GM did not want to see the quasi-experimental first-generation car fail – and create yet more backlash for the under-the-spotlight automaker.
In other words, suggestions that it is “overbuilt,” while contested by some, in cases may have some merit regarding its powertrain.
Published articles alleging a scandalous lack of profitability for the Volt have pointed an accusing finger at the Obama administration which smiled on GM, and its plug-in car.
If these are even true, could it be the flip side is buyers of the now-$35,000 and highly subsidized car get a decent deal for their money?
Not to turn a blind eye to the critics, the Volt does have tight rear seat quarters, and room only for four. It requires premium gas – when gas is being used – and just OK 37 mpg combined rating.
It is not a lame duck now, but some see it on the verge as plenty of rumors have escaped GM executives’ lips about a second-generation Volt.
As it is, three years after its launch, no other plug-in hybrid offers near its 38 miles EPA rated range, and after all the flak the car has received, whether deserved or not, it retains a loyal fan base. For its first two consecutive production years of 2011 and 2012 it topped Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction list.
It’s also the top-selling plug-in gas-electric car in America with somewhere over 57,000 delivered.
This is a drop in the bucket compared to mainstream sellers, but then the whole plug-in industry is in a nascent stage with resistance, and a well-documented phenomenon that many consumers simply do not comprehend what the Volt can do.
Undoubtedly, much more could be said – for and against the Volt – but we said we’d keep this brief.
Following, straight from Chevrolet, is a list of all known awards and acknowledgments given to the Volt.
Far more awards were in 2010/2011, with fewer after that. Just last week, Strategic Vision found the Volt to be the “most loved” in the “Mid-Size Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car” classification.
How it named a compact car winner of this distinction is not clear, but we’re noting it just the same.
You may notice the list is pretty long, and we’re wondering if the Volt is the most-awarded car in recent history?
Nor does the list include a raft of awards and accolades bestowed on the European Chevrolet Volt, or the sibling Opel Ampera, Vauxhall Ampera, or Holden Volt.
Aside from that, do you see any U.S. awards missing? It could be we did miss some, and can update the list if needed.
o The Detroit News invites 100 readers at NAIAS to select their favorite vehicles in a variety of categories: Chevrolet Volt named Most Earth Friendly for being the greenest vehicle at the show (1/15/10)
o Named “Best of Show” at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show – Best Green Vehicle (25 percent of vote)
o The Volt makes the 2011 North American Car of the Year Short List.
o Popular Mechanics October issues names Chevy Volt a 2010 Breakthrough Technology Winner
o Popular Mechanics also salutes the Volt as a “Brilliant Idea”
o Popular Mechanics names Volt on list of top ten vehicles for 2011 (11/11/10).
o Chevrolet Volt Named Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year (11/16/10)
o Automobile Magazine recognized Chevrolet Volt as its 2011 Car of the Year on its Facebook page (11/16/10)
o Volt Named Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year (11/17/10), and Technology of the Year award
o Chevy Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year – Green Car Journal (11/19/10)
o Car and Driver editors named the Chevrolet Volt and the Cadillac CTS to their annual 10Best list. (11/23/10)
• Ward’s 10 Best Engines – 1.4L I-4 EREV – Chevrolet Volt nominated
o Popular Science – 2010 Best of What’s New (Dec. issue) – 2011 Chevrolet Volt
o Chevrolet Game-Changer Award which, announced by the US Renewable Energy Association (11/30/10).
o The propulsion system on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is among the winners of the automotive industry’s “Ten Best Engines” for 2011 in North America as determined by Ward’s AutoWorld magazine (12/7/10).
o General Motors received a Golden Spike Award from the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries for its effort to bring one of the first modern, mainstream electric vehicles to market with the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt (12/10/10).
o Bloomberg’s Auto Columnist Jason H. Harper releases ‘Best of List’ and names Chevrolet Volt as ‘Green Car of the Year’ and ‘Best Car of the Year,’ overall (12/16/10). In his second annual ‘Best Of’ list, this is the first time that a single car has taken two spots, and writes that, “The Volt is the right car for right now.”
o Detroit Free Press named Chevrolet Volt ‘Car of the Year’ (12/30/10)
o Chevrolet Volt received the Electric Car of the Year Award from China Auto News and cnautonews.com. (12/30/10)
o Volt makes Kelley Blue Book’s ‘Freshman Car Class” 10 New Names for 2011’ List (1/3/11)
o Volt named Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show (1/10/11).
o Eddie Alterman, editor and chief of Car and Driver magazine visited Detroit Hamtramck Assembly and presented the Chevrolet Volt with the 2011 Car and Driver 10Best Awards (1/21/11)
o MotorWeek recognized the Chevrolet Volt with the “Best of the Year” 2011 Driver’s Choice Award and recognized as the best overall for “Best Eco-Friendly”(2/11/11)
o Chevrolet Volt receives the ‘Fuel Sippers’ award in the Budget and Green category for the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice 2011 Awards (2/25/11)
o Chevrolet Volt was awarded ‘Best Value for Inaugural Eco Category’ by Vincentric’s Best Value in America (3/4/11)
o Chevrolet Volt awarded Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)– achieving “good” scores in four types of crash tests (4/2011)
o Chevrolet Volt named 2011 World Green Car at the New York Auto International Auto (4/2011)
o Chevrolet Volt Wins Gold Medal in 2011 Edison Awards part of the”2011 Best New Product in Transportation – Remote Driving Aids Segment (4/2011)
o 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars of 2011 (4/2011)
o Chevrolet Volt 4-door hatch awarded Kiplinger’s Personal Finance – Worth a Look (3/7/2012)
o 2012 Chevrolet Volt named one of the Best Green Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book. (4/17/2012)
o 2012 Chevrolet Volt named one of the Top 10 Cars that Reignite the American Dream (7/13/2012)
o The Chevrolet Volt is the winner of the 2013 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award for the new electric category. (10/11/12)
o Winner of Kelley Blue Book – 2012 Best Resale Value for an Electric Car
o Winner of Kelley Blue Book – 2012 Total Cost of Ownership for an Electric Car
o The Chevrolet Volt achieved The Car Book’s 2013 BEST BETS distinction in the 33rd edition of America’s first consumer car buying guide. (2/1/2013)
o Edmunds.com – Top 5 Consumer Favorite – Best Hybrid (2013)
o Award recipient of J.D. Power’s 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study (Segment Award, Compact Car) (02/12/2014)
o U.S News & World Report: 2014 Chevy Volt is Best Upscale Midsize Car For the Money (2/12/2014)