GM to begin testing Chevy Volt by Spring 2008
GM announced today that it has teamed up with A123 Systems Inc. in order to produce lithium-ion batteries for its E-Flex hybrid powertrain that will be used in the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. According to Bob Lutz, production for the Chevrolet Volt is on track for late 2010.
GM hopes to have the Volt running and testing by Spring of 2008. “We should have the battery packs by October,” he said, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference. “We’ll have some on the road for testing next spring, and we should have the Volt in production by the end of 2010.”
GM is the only auto maker who has announced a timeline for a production plug-hybrid vehicles.
Toyota today said that it has delayed production if its next hybrid vehicles until 2011 due to safety concerns with lithium-ion batteries.
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