GM Unplugs the Volt, But Electric Vehicles Aren’t Dead

Farewell Chevy Volt, we hardly knew ye. General Motors Co.’s award-winning plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), launched in 2010 as the company was emerging from bankruptcy, is one of the models being ditched as part of sweeping cutbacks GM announced Monday.

As one of the relatively few plug-in car options available in the U.S., and a symbol of GM’s shift toward new technologies, the Volt’s impending demise is a blow to proponents of vehicle electrification. Yet on the face of it, it seems like more of a ding than a total crash.