GM will add 80 Chevy Volt prototypes, test mules will now carry production exterior and interior

Despite General Motors’ financial troubles and Obama’s task force saying that the automaker spent too much time and money on a car that won’t be commercially successful in the short-term, development on the Chevrolet Volt rolls on.

GM said today that it will be adding 80 new prototypes by this summer. However, this time around the new round of Volt prototypes will drop their Chevrolet Cruze exterior for the production Volt exterior and interior.

“We need to accelerate the adaptation rate,” said Tony Posawatz, the Volt”s vehicle line director.

GM is already working on the second-generation drivetrain for the Volt known as the Voltec (which debuted in the Cadillac Converj at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show). Today, GM said that it has asked the U.S. government for an additional $2.6 billion to add the new Voltec technology to two Volt spin-offs.

Posawatz said that the Volt is still on schedule for a Nov. 2010 debut.

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– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoWeek