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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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No worries, GM
By Jardi on 10/19/2010 10:42:59 AM , Rating: 2
GM does not even need to comment on how many of these units they will be able to make in the future, these GM cars will simply not have a high demand.

When those who buy them start talking about how fast their charge runs out, and how they find themselves fueling up at a gas station more often than they thought they would, they will fizzle out.

RE: No worries, GM
By mindless1 on 10/19/2010 3:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, another snob repeating hatred for GM because of their clunkers 20+ years ago.

Unlike then, this is leading edge tech, in that the aren't just building some electric car but consolidating lessons learned to try and make it (arguably even though I disagree with my own statement because it's not a good cost:benefit ratio) affordable.

Yes the range is short on battery power, blame mankind for not having better battery tech yet, or blame someone who buys one in ignorance not understanding that the runtime on a fresh new battery for ANY device is not the runtime on that device when the battery is used/aged.

Yes cars that have an ICE and 100mi or so range will stop at gas stations. Intelligent people plan their lives, where they live and work, so that they don't drive over 100mi very often.

Regardless, I see it all as a huge beta test with immature battery tech. For my money, it will take the next battery breakthrough to convince me to bother paying for a battery and electric engine in a car that only increases complexity, breakdown and repair burden... and I'll be the replacement parts for these cost a premium, even once 3rd parties start carrying them so you don't have to give up your first-born to buy OEM through a dealership.

RE: No worries, GM
By mindless1 on 10/19/2010 4:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, sometimes I hate cordless keyboards that drop characters if you aren't sitting on top of the receiver.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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