GM boosts Chevy Volt production to 60K per year

TOM KRISHER
Associated Press

DETROIT – General Motors will reconfigure the plant that makes the Chevrolet Volt to expand production to up to 60,000 electric cars a year.

The Detroit-area factory, which will be shut next month, now can produce about 16,000 a year.

GM said the electric car will be in short supply for the next three months because of the four-week shutdown that begins in June. But by moving in new machinery and overhead conveyors, the company will be able to boost the plant’s output of the Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“We will be better able to meet the tremendous consumer demand,” Cristi Landy, the Volt’s marketing director, said in a statement Wednesday.

The Volt can run on battery power for about 35 miles before a gas-powered motor kicks in to generate electricity. It can be recharged through a home electrical outlet. The car costs just over $40,000 but is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.

The Volt hit the U.S. market late last year and just over 1,700 have been sold through April. The car is now available in nine states and Washington D.C. By the end of this year, Volts will be sold nationwide and in Europe, China and Canada.

The Volt factory straddles the border between Detroit and the small town of Hamtramck.

The company has dealer orders for all the Volts the plant will produce this year, GM spokeswoman Michelle Bunker said Wednesday.

The shutdown also will let GM add equipment to build the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan at the plant starting next year. GM will stop producing two other big cars at the factory, the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne, later this year.

13 Comments

  1. Bill in Houston

    I finally saw my first Chevy Volt yesterday. I rolled down the window to see if I could hear it hum. It was running off the gasoline engine, even though we were doing maybe 35 in light traffic.

    Oops.

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  2. Gary Thac

    Very over rated…

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  3. RightWingDino

    So Obama’s next attempt to hijack the markets is to have Government Motors flood the car market with $40k pieces of junk, all built with taxpayer money, all guaranteed to lose a large amount of taxpayer money.

    2012 cannot come soon enough.

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  4. Michael

    Glad to hear someone call it what it really is… a FREAKING hybrid… not an electric vehicle… People who want an electric car should go with a true electric car like the Leaf.

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  5. ntangle

    Bad news for people that want GM to fail, ie., that don’t want the US Treas to recoup the rest of its investment. And for people that think we can import (oil & vehicles) our way out of a trade imbalance and a jobs shortage. I look forward to being entertained by all of their creative negativity.

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  6. Taylor

    Well said ntangle. It’s a great car and it is creating jobs.

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  7. sharky

    With the anticipation building- Chevy scrambling to produce enough of their Volts and Nissan doing the same with the Leaf- Ford really has an opportunity to smack this one out of the ballpark with their Focus EV if they can produce and distribute enough units quickly. As for the Volt itself, it will be in direct competition with the plugin Prius- a superior and proven design.

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  8. Adler

    So will Government Motors, the EPA, or the DOE pay to rewire our garages, so we can plug in every night and “skyrocket” our electricity bills like the Big Zer0 wants?

    Oh look, I just invented another O’BozO Stealfromus spending program.

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  9. Meredith

    Maybe by the time I’m ready for a new car this technology will be more mature and a little cheaper. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the new Camry hybrid I got a couple of months ago.

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  10. Brian

    A COOL car, and no it is not a hybrid, the gas motor is only an electric generator it has no direct connection with the drive trail like a hybrid would. The driver also can control when the generator will kick in, leave it of or turn it on manually. I found the power management system on the car very flexible. If I had the $$ and not a long commute I would definitely consider it… The Nissan Leaf is worthless… you run out of power then you are screwed. The Volt can at least generate its own if you have an unexpected sidetrip come up on the way home from work.

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  11. SaltWaterCroc

    Good job, GM. Even if the Republicans wanted to let you fall into bankruptcy and lose hundreds of thousands of American jobs. The same folks who saw no problem bailing out Wall Street. Of course, these are the same people who don’t want government saying what they can do about healthcare, unless that person is pregnant.

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  12. RightWingDino wrote:

    “2012 cannot come soon enough.”

    I agree. I eagerly await Obama’s re-election that year!

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  13. Nan

    Not a good investment..Technology is still very untried. Sort of like buying a Dell computer with Vista.Too many bugs as yet.. Both junk until proven otherwise.No to both deals! 2012 can’t get here fast enough.

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