The Chevrolet Volt was supposed to be a no-compromise electric vehicle that would re-establish GM as a technological innovator. Now those hopes are starting to fall apart...

The Chevrolet Volt was supposed to be a no compromise electric vehicle that would re-establish GM as a technological innovator. Now those hopes are starting to fall apart in the wake of slow sales and a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) investigation.

According to Automotive News, some dealers are refusing to take delivery of cars that have been allocated to them. Case in point, the New York area was allotted 104 Volts but dealers would only accept 31 units.

When asked about the situation, GM spokesman Rob Peterson said "There's a lot of misinformation that has swirled over the past month" and "dealers are kind of waiting for things to settle down."

Overall, GM expected to sell 10,000 Volts last year but only moved 7,671 units. Given this disappointing result, the company has backed off plans to build 60,000 units for 2012.

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Dealers refusing to take Chevy Volts - report