GM Hopes to Grow Volt Sales by 20% This Year
February 28, 2013 9:41 AM
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Volt plum ..
GM wants to sell lots more Volts
hasn't exactly been burning up the sales charts
with its Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle. However, the auto giant hopes to increase the sales figures for the Volt significantly this year.
claims that GM hopes to build 36,000 Volts and other plug-in hybrids for delivery during 2013. That represents a 20% increase compared to 2012.
Analyst Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics said that 36,000 is "probably a doable number." He added, "It will have a full calendar year in Europe." The analyst also believes that the fact that the Volt is now eligible for the California carpool lanes will also help increase sales.
GM struggled to sell the Volt during some months of last year, but blamed poor sales during November on a
lack of inventory
for the vehicle.
“We had some on and off starts with the assembly plant,” said GM marketing director Christi Landy said. “California, which is our strongest market, was selling great then they would have no products. They’ve run out of products probably three or four times in the last 12 months, it’s been very frustrating.”
The second vehicle to use the Voltec platform in the U.S. will also launch shortly. The
two-door Cadillac ELR
is set to debut later this year, but its price of entry will likely be much higher than the Volt’s $39,145.
The Washington Post
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2/28/2013 1:17:10 PM
Tesla's maximum production capacity is only 20k/yr.
Well it is also a much more expensive car as well.
The Volt is expensive enough to appeal to a limited audience, but I would personally find it amusing if Volt sales were eroded by Tesla.
Lately after having to drive in commute traffic in CA I have seen many Volts and Teslas, the Tesla is by far more desirable IMO. Not sure what designers at GM were smoking when they came out with the final design.
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
3/2/2013 8:50:47 PM
* Volt sells more than Corvette, and among all cars ranks somewhere in the middle, even among cars that cost about the same
* Volt's R&D costs are mainly stuck in Motors Liquidation (the "old" GM entity that went bankrupt) so it turns out that the "new" GM actually earns a profit on Volts sold. Their PR would rather not remind the taxpayers and shareholders that took the brunt of the bankrupcy about that fact tho :p
I do fear GM falling back into complacency, and would like to see a true Gen2 of the Voltec powertrain with a proper genset that's purpose-built rather than an off-the-shelf iron lump, and a 400Wh/kg or better newer-tech battery, along with a 10kW charger and a 5th seat (battery entirely under the car). A higher-voltage battery with a 200kW motor would be pretty spectacularly-performing, and a purpose-built drivetrain could have the motor integrated into the engine block (or vice versa), though I'd prefer to see a turbine or SOFC with steam reclamation for gas conversion efficiencies >50% ..
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