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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: That won't be necessary.
By Dr of crap on 10/18/2010 3:25:35 PM , Rating: -1
OMG - your right, no car can go 40 miles on battery power only - oh wait, the Tesla can.
And all those other neighborhood battery only cars that are glorifed golf carts!

And the fact that the Volt has a gas tank to extend the range is NOT new.
We all have gas tanks!

And they don't need ads - the media hype does it for them!

And I've stop listening to them just as I don't listen to political ads either!

RE: That won't be necessary.
By bobsmith1492 on 10/18/2010 4:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
Right now you can buy a car that will get you 100 miles on electric power (Tesla, Nissan Leaf).

Or, you can buy a gas car (every other car out there).

No other car has the two combined properly with the benefits of each and no negatives from either: gas is easy to refill and readily available, while electricity is inexpensive and clean.

RE: That won't be necessary.
By knowom on 10/18/2010 4:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's clean...clean coal is more like it considering most electricity is produced by burning coal. If you happen to have solar, wind ,or hydroelectric power as your electricity you could consider it clean, but other wise that's just pure fudd for the misinformed drones.

RE: That won't be necessary.
By priusone on 10/19/2010 7:25:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, and coal is mined right here in the good ol US of A. Besides, how much fuel is burnt getting that petroleum across the Atlantic? I'd rather burn the coal for electricity than go to the pump. Especially since I rarely go over 20 miles in an average day.

And to the genius who mentioned the Tesla, I think those are slightly over $41,000 and once you are out of battery power, all you have to do in dig out the generator that you have in the passenger seat and wait for it to charge the batteries.

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