Yes, today we bring you more news on GM product delays. Speaking to the press at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Lutz said that GM plans to have lithium-ion powered demonstration vehicles ready by June and is confident that Chevy will be able to meet the 2010 promised deadline for the Volt, its first production E-Flex vehicle. Originally, GM planned to have test vehicles on the road by this spring.
“I’m confident in the batteries,” said Bob Lutz at the auto show. Lutz admitted that the timing is a bit risky. “It means everything has to go right,” he said. “So far, everything has gone right.”
Of course this quick move is GM’s urgency to get in the market with a hybrid vehicle that gives it the ability to compete with Toyota. Just earlier today we told you about Toyota’s upcoming initiatives to produce more hybrids and meet the 2020 35mpg fuel-economy standard well in advance.
Lutz told the press that he had hoped to have lithium ion powered test vehicles on the road by early spring, but GM pushed it back to June because of acceleration problems. Lutz said he didn’t really car for the acceleration time on the test vehicles until he learned it would take one full minute for them to go from 0 to 60.
GM says that the Volt’s E-Flex powertrain can be easily adapted to a fuel cell or diesel engine. Saturn showed its Flextreme Concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show which integrates a 1.3 liter turbo-diesel engine with its new E-Flex powertrain.
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