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Chevrolet Volt
GM wants to sell lots more Volts

General Motors 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.

The Washington Post 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.

Source: The Washington Post

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From a Volt Owner
By foxalopex on 3/1/2013 9:16:10 AM , Rating: 2
I actually own a 2013 volt in Canada. It took four months to order a customized volt from the factory so I would say that delay isn't helping them. There's also the fact that the sales person wasn't the most knowledgeable about it. He admitted that most owners know more about the car than he did. Then there's the fact that most people don't like a high tech car so it only really works for some of us.

The Telsa is a nice car but I doubt it'll work for some of us in very cold climates. Gas is useful for that. The even longer wait / order time and amazingly high cost will likely scare folks away.

Overall, no regrets. Electric is definitely fun. There's massive amount of torque off the line that only an electric can pull off which lets you pass slower cars without anyone noticing until you're very far away. :) I also had some overweight friends (400lb) ride in my car and you don't even notice the extra weight. Brakes on the other hand. XD

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/2/2013 9:08:12 PM , Rating: 2
Drive it in Sport/Low all the time, that improves the brake feel quite a bit IMO.

I reckon public charging infrastructure in Canada could be easier to come across since electric sockets for block heaters can be repurposed to run 120V chargers, as long as you have a way to lock the EVSE..

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