GM could produce up to 60,000 Chevrolet Volts by 2012

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Originally, General Motors had planned on producing and delivering the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt to customers next month. According to spokesman Randy Fox, the first few production cars for customers – in California, New York, Washington, D.C. – may not happen until December, as GM takes baby steps to make sure there aren’t any glitches that would have a negative impact on the much-anticipated vehicle rollout.

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Production of the Chevrolet Volt is still scheduled to begin in November at the company’s Hamtramck plant, but it will be limited through 2011. Only 10,000 or 15,000 units are scheduled to be built by the end of 2011.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Business of Plugging In conference, Parks said GM could build up to 60,000 Volt models in 2012. In July, GM upped production capacity for 2012 from 30,000 to 45,000.

Doug Parks, GM’s global vehicle line executive for electric vehicles, said that GM could build up to 60,000 units in 2012. In July, the Detroit automaker increased production capacity for 2012 from 30,000 to 45,000.

“Starting in ’12, we’ll be in this max rate of 60,000,” Parks said. He confirmed GM “could” sell the maximum figure in 2012 and could even go further than that.

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Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 310 miles. Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt start at $41,000 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $33,500.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: DriveOn, Detroit News