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Can GM sell 60,000 Volts in 2012?  (Source: GM)
GM is also working to reduce the MSRP of the Volt

GM has been touting its Volt extended range EV for years now and the vehicle finally close to hitting the U.S. market. The vehicle uses a gasoline generator to produce electricity to drive the wheels once the all-electric driving range is used up. GM has big plans for sales of the Volt, despite its relatively high $41,000 price tag.

The company has announced that it will build 10,000 to 15,000 Volts in 2011. That tidbit comes from GM global vehicle line executive for electric vehicles Doug Parks. Parks also told 
The Detroit News that in 2012, Volt production could be upped to as many as 60,000 vehicles. That announcement comes on the heels of GM updating the production capacity for the 2012 model year to 30,000 to 45,000.

Parks said, "Starting in '12, we'll be in this max rate of 60,000." Parks claims that GM could actually sell that many volts in 2012 and possibly even make more of the vehicles than the 60,000 number. Park told
The Detroit News, "We have the ability to increase volume and crank that up. We don't have any firm plans yet but we're flexible."

Park also stated that GM is in the process of finalizing the EPA fuel economy numbers and electric driving range for the Volt. He also admits that the final number could come in at under the 40-mile electric range mark that GM has been promising all these years. The final electric range number could be as low as 25 miles, however, Parks hopes that GM will "over deliver".

Park said that GM is working to reduce the $41,000 MSRP for the Volt as well. He said, "Our business model for the Volt is not finalized yet. We need to continue to make that (price) better as we go forward."

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RE: Ummm...???
By KnightBreed on 10/18/2010 12:13:45 PM , Rating: 5
Nowhere did Shane's article say the engine was used to charge the batteries. What he said is exactly right. In charge sustaining mode the gas engine is used 100% of the time to generate electricity for the main electric motor. However, at over 70mph, a portion of the gas engine's power is diverted to a planetary gearset to assist with forward movement. Even in this scenario the engine(and small motor) is still generating electricity for the electric motor.

RE: Ummm...???
By Enoch2001 on 10/19/2010 9:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
I quoted Shane's article in my OP, but I'll do it again for you:

The vehicle uses a gasoline generator to produce electricity to drive the wheels once the all-electric driving range is used up.

Those were Shane's words, and they are FALSE. The vehicle doesn't use a "gasoline generator to produce electricity to drive the wheels once the all-electric driving range is used".

The Volt has an electric motor driven by batteries and a gasoline engine which both directly drive a transmission - which turns the wheels. From the original article you seemed to have missed:

The internal combustion engine...and the 149 hp permanent-magnet AC electric motor both feed into a planetary gear set and three electronically controlled, hydraulically activated multi-plate clutches. The resulting automatic transmission [turns the wheels]...

(emphasis at the end is my own).

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