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Chevrolet Volt  (Source:
The production halt was expected to last four weeks, but will resume a few days early

After a temporary halt in March, General Motors (GM) has announced that production of the Chevrolet Volt will start back up earlier than expected on April 16.

On March 19, GM put a halt on Chevrolet Volt production in order to get rid of some of the older versions of the plug-in electric hybrid and make room for those with the recent battery fix. Also, new Volts with the changes made for the California market are making their way into the inventory.

The production halt was expected to last for four weeks. However, new reports show that Volt production will resume a few days earlier than planned. GM has already started notifying Detroit-Hamtramck plant employees, where the Volt is assembled.

It's a good time to bring Volt production back to life, since it seems that Volt popularity has risen recently. In March, U.S. Volt sales shot up to 2,289, which is its best month yet since release. Of that total, 2,129 were sold to retail customers while 160 were sold to fleet customers.

Even former Republican President George H.W. Bush jumped on the opportunity to buy a Volt, and gave it to his son, Neil Bush, as a birthday present.

This surge in sales couldn't have come at a better time, either. The Volt had a difficult year throughout much of 2011 and during the beginning of 2012 due to problems with battery fires.

In May 2011, Chevrolet's Volt caught fire three weeks after a side-impact crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Volt was parked in a NHTSA testing facility in Wisconsin, and was so severe that it ended up catching nearby cars on fire as well. This led to an investigation into the safety of lithium batteries.

Later, in November 2011, NHTSA conducted three more side-impact crash tests on three separate Volts. Two out of three ended up sparking or catching fire while the third remained normal.

GM moved quickly, offering loaner vehicles to customers and even buying Volts back from scared owners. In January 2012, GM recalled 8,000 Volts off the road as well as another 4,400 for sale in showrooms to fix the batteries. The fix entailed the addition of steel to the plate that protects the EV's T-shaped, 400-pound battery. This aimed to prevent penetration into the battery in case of an auto accident, and would stop both coolant from leaking and would evenly distribute the force of a crash.

The investigation placed a bad image on the Volt for awhile. Customers were afraid to purchase it, and dealerships wanted nothing to do with it since it wasn't selling. Sales plunged in January 2012 with only 603 Volts sold.

But it looks as if the Volt's luck is turning around, with March sales at its best and an early production start beginning in 10 days.

"It seems like we've sustained ourselves through this difficult period," said Dan Akerson, GM CEO. "We hope to get up to 3,000 plus in the coming months and are certainly positioning it."

According to Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, the Volt made a comeback because people are beginning to get to know the car well and understand how it works.

"We're matching production with demand," said Reuss.

Source: Automotive News

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RE: Good news
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 4/10/2012 9:03:23 AM , Rating: 2
WOW dude... I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, but you really are grasping here.
22 lbs is about 4 gallons of gas. GOSH! Oh Noes! We switched 100s of gallons of gas for 22 lbs of material!

When you bank on this "metal" as the long term solution for ALL vehicles, you won't be so sarcastic. As I've said before and I'll say again, there's a slight bit of irony building on a material with "rare" in the name. No one will be buying the Tesla..
Friend, I've bolded the whole problem with your reading of these studies. Some not all.
Friend.. I've bolded the point you clearly keep missing:

"The report, being released as part of the LowCVP Annual Conference 2011 on 9 June, highlights the increasing importance of accounting for whole life carbon emissions to compare the greenhouse gas emissions of low carbon vehicles. The study found that some of the CO2 savings made during the use of low carbon vehicles is offset by increased emissions created during their production, and to a lesser extent, disposal."

The CO2 reduction you THINK you get by driving an EV to save the planet is OFFSET by the amount of CO2 it took to create the EV during production. Are you getting this yet? It's not saying EVs produce less CO2 (under normal driving conditions compared to gasoline engines). IT SAYS THE CO2 FOOTPRINT FROM PRODUCTION TO DISPOSAL IS "ABOUT THE SAME" AS A GAS ENGINE. Christ dude.. its your article... read it!

RE: Good news
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 4/10/2012 9:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
Here's another example...

"The LCVP study found that a midsized electric car will produce 23.1 tons of CO2 over its lifetime whereas a similar sized gas powered vehicle will produce 24 tons. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are at least 50 per cent higher because batteries are made from materials such as lithium, copper and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed. Currently manufactured EV operate on batteries that must be replaced after as soon as three years of use. Factor in the emissions created by producing the second battery and the total CO2 from making an EV rises to 12.6 tons. Compare this to an average of 5.6 tons of CO2 to produce a conventional gas powered vehicle. Disposal of an EV produces roughly double the emissions of a gas powered car due to the amount of energy consumed in recovering and recycling metals in the battery. I should note at this point that the study did take into account carbon emitted to generate the grid electricity consumed."

RE: Good news
By Boingo Twang on 4/10/2012 9:39:05 AM , Rating: 2
Who did that study? The same folks that proposed that a Hummer is more ecologically sound than a Prius? That Hummer "study" was debunked so many times the authors are probably still spinning at 7000 rpm. The idea that a lithium battery is only going to last 3 years is absolutely bizarre and extremely laughable.

Currently manufactured EV operate on batteries that must be replaced after as soon as three years of use.

The Chevy Volt battery warranty is 8 years 100.000 miles.

The Nissan Leaf battery warranty is the same.

RE: Good news
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 4/10/2012 10:14:26 AM , Rating: 2
Still grasping are we? A warranty and actually getting 8 solid years out of it are two very different things. GM can tell you whatever they want, because there hasn't been enough time lapsed to prove otherwise. WARRANTY = FREE REPLACEMENT.. and that's about it. Additionally, I'm using my arguments for/against all the available options as it pertains to the EV market. The Volt is just a small, very small, no one wants to really buy... sample you're using to construct an argument that all EVs will have some sort of >8 battery lifespan.

"Rechargeable batteries used in electric vehicles include lead-acid ("flooded", Deep cycle , and VRLA), NiCd, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, Li-ion polymer, and, less commonly, zinc-air and molten salt batteries...."

.... Deep-cycle lead batteries are expensive and have a shorter life than the vehicle itself, typically needing replacement every 3 years."

Here's another study for your morning coffee! I know... the look of disappointment on your face must be priceless. Not sure if this is the same "Hummer" guys that wrote this, but I'm sure you'll be able to debunk this study with your vast amount of intellect and insight on the markets.

RE: Good news
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 4/10/2012 10:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of GM and the "quality" cars they produce, here's a funny gallery of 10 worst cars EVER. Pay extra special attention to number of GM cars in this photo gallery!

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