GM to Raise Volt Production
The Detroit factory that has been producing sixteen thousand Volt cars a year is closing next month while General Motors will do some re-figuring to make the plant ready to expand its production to sixty thousand electric cars per year.
For the next three months, this little electric car will be in short supply starting in June with a four week shut down. After the shut down, they are going to start to move in overhead conveyors and new machinery. By doing this, General Motors will be able to increase how many electric cars they can put out, including not only the Volt, but also the European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
Statistics show that the Volt will run on battery power for approximately thirty five miles before the gas powered motor kicks into generate the electricity the car needs to keep running. The battery requires no special electrical hookup. It can just be plug into a home electrical outlet and be recharged. The Volt will cost a little over forty thousand dollars, but you will be eligible for a seven thousand five hundred tax credit.
The electric car hit the United States market late last year. Since that time just a little over seventeen hundred have been sold.
If you are in the market to purchase a Volt electric car, you can find one in only nine states and Washington, DC. General Motor's ultimate goal is that by the end of 2011, the company wants to have the Volt electric card being sold nationwide. They also want to have them selling in China, Canada, and Europe.
At this time, General Motors has dealer orders for all the Volt electric cars it will produce this year. In addition, with this shutdown at the plant, it will also enable General Motors to build the Chevrolet 2013 Malibu at this plant as well. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is midsize sedan.