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Supply issues strangle Chevrolet Volt corporate sales

Date: 22 May 2012   |   Author:

The Chevrolet Volt

Supply constraints mean that Chevrolet won't be actively marketing its Volt plug-in hybrid to the corporate sector at present, with UK MD Mark Terry encouraging interested customers to put their deposit down quickly to avoid having to join a waiting list.

"We're not working with lease companies yet - at the moment we've got so many customers prepared to put money on the table," Terry told BusinessCar. "We're not excluding fleets, we will talk to them and give them a car to try, but we won't put it on car plans as we haven't got the supply."

Terry said Chevrolet currently has 2500 "hand raisers", and the first boat-load of Volts has now landed in the UK.

"We're advising customers that if they're interested in the Volt then they absolutely need to get in the position where they are purchasing rather than thinking about it very quickly or they will be in a position where they need to wait," continued Terry.

The supply issue is still to be resolved, with the vehicle's popularity across the world meaning discussions continue about how many vehicles the UK operation will be able to secure.

Despite the limited supply to fleets, Terry said the Volt, which has an electric motor charged from the mains, plus a petrol engine back-up, would be of "significant benefit" to early fleet adopters, as there's currently only one mileage reclaim method, so drivers running on electric power could reclaim business miles at the 15p per mile Approved Mileage Allowance Payment rate.

"If you run on electric power only, there is a significant gain as it stands today," said Terry.

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