General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will close for four weeks starting in June – for a pretty good reason. GM plans on preparing the plant for a significant increase in the rate of the Chevrolet Volt production along with the assembly of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
The Volt, which is already in tight supply, will be further restricted over the next three months before production is ramped up and the Volt and Opel Ampera begin being exported to Europe and China.
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“The Volt will be available to customers nationwide by the end of 2011,” said Cristi Landy, director of Chevrolet Volt Marketing. “By taking the time to reconfigure the plant, we will be better able to meet the tremendous consumer demand.”
As a result of the planned upgrades, production capacity of the Volt and Ampera will increase to 16,000 units. In 2012, global production capacity of the Chevrolet Volt is expected to be 60,000 vehicles with an estimated 45,000 to be delivered in the United States.miles on a full change.
Production of the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will begin next year.
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 379 miles. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. 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