GM is working as fast as it can to get the Chevrolet Volt on the road for Americans by 2010. Last week we told you that after having workshops to let the suppliers know exactly what they need to produce the Volt, GM has awarded two development contracts for the batteries. Well that’s just half the story. GM’s Larry Burns, vice president of r&d told Automotive News that “We are doing the production engineering on the Chevrolet Volt.”
According Larry Burns, “It (Chevrolet Volt) is a formal product program within our company, just like the Chevrolet Malibu is a product program.”
Last week, Burns listed the steps GM has taken in the program:
– GM has allocated funds for development.
– Engineering work is under way.
– The development team has selected the next-generation Delta platform for the vehicle (also used for next Astra and Cobalt).
– GM has decided to develop two versions, one with a gasoline engine and the other with a fuel cell.
No official date has been release as of yet, but it is been estimated to take GM 36 months to have a working production model working. So that means we can expect it around 2010.
Chevrolet Volt at the 2007 NYIAS Gallery:
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