Report: GM developing all-electric car, Volt minivan coming in ‘few years’

Chevrolet Volt Concept

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson wants to expand the automaker’s lineup of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles.

Speaking at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Akerson confirmed that General Motors is working on an all-electric vehicle for the U.S. market that would fill a separate niche from the Volt. He said that the all-electric car by GM is aimed at drivers living in big cities.

“It’s more of a metro car or an urban car, where the extended-range electric vehicle, the Volt technology,” Akerson said.

Akerson also said that the Chevrolet Volt’s technology could end up in a minivan “in the next few years.” We’re guessing that the Volt Minivan will be GM’s answer to Ford’s C-MAX Energi, which also debuted here in Detroit and should hit U.S. roads in 2012.

GM’s CEO said that he expects Volt’s production to top 25,000 units this year – up from the original estimated of 10,000.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News, Automotive News