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This is not as hard as I thought - there are several shipping companies that quote as little as £650 for shipping a new car from the USA, making sure it is road legal and registering it in the UK. OK it will be Left Hand Drive but there are 2019 Volts on the forecourts of US dealers for as little as the equivalent of £20k. Like this one! OK - I realise that this is a rebuilt example but still good as new!
We know that at least one person has done it - so it must be worth thinking about . . .
 

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What's the situation with making the headlights legal for RHD? Afaik GM never made any RHD Mk2 Volts, so a suitable headlamp may not exist. While a single Mk2 has been seen over here, maybe that's a military-secondment one, and just maybe they can 'bend' the rules a bit? There's definitely a step level-change on the dip cutoff on my Mk1, so maybe the Mk2s are the same?

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Brave soul that buys one without any dealership service!
I really think we now know more than enough collectively. And we already know that Bellinger’s service Volts. It is probably less of a risk than it might have been a few years back.
 

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What's the situation with making the headlights legal for RHD? Afaik GM never made any RHD Mk2 Volts, so a suitable headlamp may not exist. While a single Mk2 has been seen over here, maybe that's a military-secondment one, and just maybe they can 'bend' the rules a bit? There's definitely a step level-change on the dip cutoff on my Mk1, so maybe the Mk2s are the same?

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The second series definitely has better lights and if they are the same as other late GM models (that are available in Europe) no mechanical adjustment is necessary for driving on the left.
In my mind the second series Volt is a car that we should have had. It has all the bells and whistles, more EV range, better performance and it even looks nicer. There are a few hitting the used car lots in Germany and Holland so I am sure we will see more in the UK.
 

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I really think we now know more than enough collectively. And we already know that Bellinger’s service Volts. It is probably less of a risk than it might have been a few years back.
That's quite a bold statement given that this forum really only discusses the gen1. Although some smaller things can be fixed via this forum anything hv related gets taken to the dealer. You'd then need to get belingers to commit to servicing and fixing the gen2 which they might not want to do.
 

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There are a few hitting the used car lots in Germany and Holland so I am sure we will see more in the UK
The Gen2 Volt was never sold in Europe by GM/Opel. Are you saying there were some personal imports into Europe?
 

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The Gen2 Volt was never sold in Europe by GM/Opel. Are you saying there were some personal imports into Europe?
Yes - I know of two that are currently for sale - although one of these may be from an Eastern European outfit that buys and repairs insurance write-offs from the USA.
This one looks good.
 

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That's quite a bold statement given that this forum really only discusses the gen1. Although some smaller things can be fixed via this forum anything hv related gets taken to the dealer. You'd then need to get belingers to commit to servicing and fixing the gen2 which they might not want to do.
I had a good nose round the second generation Volt that I saw parked in Banbury. Obvious differences are the front and rear end styling which I like. The drivers information screens are different too as is the shift lever and many of the driver controls. Also, we know that the ICE and traction battery have increased capacity. Having said all that, there is a lot that appears to be the same and there may be many common components.

I am not about to rush out and buy a second generation Volt - I am extremely pleased with my Ampera and I absolutely love the whole concept. I fully accept that the purpose of this forum is to discuss our first generation vehicles but that shouldn't preclude the occasional "What if?" discussion.
 

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I really think we now know more than enough collectively. And we already know that Bellinger’s service Volts. It is probably less of a risk than it might have been a few years back.
I'm not aware of any UK Ampera owners having any access to maintainer software tools? I think an independent EV shop would have a go with the workshop manuals available, but these things are so software driven you're going to fall short at some point.
 

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Why translate @GJO first post into chinese????
This has the hallmarks spam.
Looking at his posting profile he is trying to sell a charging cable .... "Hello, I have a universal charger for charging electric cars. Can you help me promote it? You can get a big discount on this forum. " ... something went wrong with the matrix with this one though.
 

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I had a good nose round the second generation Volt that I saw parked in Banbury. Obvious differences are the front and rear end styling which I like. The drivers information screens are different too as is the shift lever and many of the driver controls. Also, we know that the ICE and traction battery have increased capacity. Having said all that, there is a lot that appears to be the same and there may be many common components.

I am not about to rush out and buy a second generation Volt - I am extremely pleased with my Ampera and I absolutely love the whole concept. I fully accept that the purpose of this forum is to discuss our first generation vehicles but that shouldn't preclude the occasional "What if?" discussion.
I'm not trying to dissuade discussion but you don't appear to be taking into account the risks of importing a £20k car with little or no support in your comments. These aren't ICE cars with years of general repair experience and typically built off older tech / engines and thus even without main dealer support can be maintained and repaired fairly easily. They have very new and proprietary designs around the drivetrain, with some faults that can be fixed locally whilst others need specialist help.If Bellingers or any dealer can't fix a fault on amp/volt1 then have the option to send it to Luton and we've seen cars go off there for weeks/months.

Given the volt2 was never sold in this country and now with PSA owning Vauxhall then I very much doubt that would be an option. Thus you won't have any drivetrain warranty and if something major does go wrong then its likely to be off the road for quite a while, if not indefinitely. That's quite a £20k gamble.

I'd like a 2nd hand volt2 as it does have the upgraded infotainment systems and a much more normal looking dashboard. However it would need to be RHD and have proper support in this country.
 

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Mk2 Volt has a rather different pair of drive motors when you look at the details, also I think it has a 7 kW charger. So I suspect the "expensive" HV componments are raher different under the covers to the Mk1.
 

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Mk2 Volt has a rather different pair of drive motors when you look at the details, also I think it has a 7 kW charger. So I suspect the "expensive" HV componments are raher different under the covers to the Mk1.
The second generation Volt is the development that I would have liked to have seen over here. The styling is nicer, it has more bells and whistles and it goes further on a electrickery - alas it was not to be. However, I have found about half a dozen for sale in the EU mostly Germany or Poland and as we generally see around about that number of first generation Volts and Amperas for sale in the UK, by the imprecise logic of extrapolation one might guesstimate that there could be at least a thousand of them that have reached Europe - if this is the case, someone must be servicing them!
 

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one might guesstimate that there could be at least a thousand of them that have reached Europe
I seriously doubt there are many Volt Gen2 in Europe - it was neither sold nor serviced by Opel.

Are you confusing it with the Ampera-e which was sold by Opel?
 

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I seriously doubt there are many Volt Gen2 in Europe - it was neither sold nor serviced by Opel.

Are you confusing it with the Ampera-e which was sold by Opel?
There are currently at least six for sale in Germany alone and they are definitely second generation versions of the Volt/Ampera unless the Ampera-E now has a 1490 cc ICE.
See these links:

2017 Chevrolet Volt, Black, 12,820 km, 21,500 €
2017 Chevrolet Volt, White, 41,900 km, 22,900 €
2018 Chevrolet Volt, Black, 10,000 km, 24,999 €
2018 Chevrolet Volt, Grey, 62,000 km, 22,000 €
2016 Chevrolet Volt, Grey, 75,600 km, 8,000 €
2017 Chevrolet Volt, Grey, 59,985 km, 21,990 €
2017 Chevrolet Volt, Blue, 22,500 km, 21,990

I would probably steer clear of the eight thousand Euro offering or that may just be the deposiit for a leasing deal . . .
 

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Maybe they are from US military bases as was suggested with the one you saw near Oxford/Banbury iirc? I would guess that the military would then be responsible for maintenance whilst under their ownership. Also there were reports of the volt1 being supplied to military bases in 2012/3 so maybe this continued.
 
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