This revelation has not hurt the sales of the vehicle around the country and through November last year, Volt sales more than tripled to 20,825. GM wants Chevrolet service technicians to remove and ship parts of the Volt’s battery pack for repairs at GM, but in order to do that, the battery will need to be drained completely by a $4,735 depowering tool. This device is what accounts for the bulk of dealers’ additional costs.
Some dealers however, decided to fork out for the tools required for servicing plug-in hybrids because they believe it’s a worthwhile investment. One dealer pointed out that the automotive tools can also be used for other electric powered vehicles like the new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid which is scheduled to come out this year.