The Chevrolet Volt has never lived up to sales expectations, but a new report is indicating that challenge could become more difficult.
Automotive News says that some Chevrolet dealers have refused to sell the model because their sales didn't justify the $5,100 (€3,860) in tooling that is required to service the model. The additional tooling is part of a prerequisite that was announced last month to continue selling the Volt. The bulk of the fee relates to a new battery depowering tool which will enable dealers to remove faulty battery sections and send them back to General Motors for repair.
Chevrolet declined to say how many dealers have stopped carrying the Volt, but only 2,614 stores were certified to carry the model in 2012 - this is roughly 85 percent of the brand's dealership network.
While some dealerships have dropped the Volt, other are investing in the tooling because it will be required to service the 2014 Cadillac ELR which will be unveiled next month.