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Next-generation Volt could cost as much as $10,000 less to produce

In the world of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has been the most high-profile entry aimed at consumers. However, the biggest problem for GM when it comes to the current Volt is that the vehicle isn't profitable.

"This car, on a technology scale, is off the charts vs. what you [have] seen," said GM CEO Dan Akerson, who owns one personally. "We've sold about 26,500 of them [and] we're losing money on every one."

Akerson says that the loss GM takes on every Volt that it sales will soon come to an end. The automaker has significant improvement planned for the second-generation vehicle, including making it lighter. Less weight means that the electric driving range can be made extended without adding larger battery packs -- the battery pack on the current generation Volt battery weighs 400 pounds alone.


According to Akerson, GM believes that the cost to build the Volt can be reduced in the range of $7,000 to $10,000 on the second-generation model. That doesn't necessarily mean buyers will see a discount, but it will mean GM doesn't take a loss on each vehicle it sells.

The current Volt has proven to be a hit with owners, as many are claiming they can go as far as 900 miles between fill ups.

Source: Fortune



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RE: Hopefully...
By BaronMatrix on 5/3/2013 12:43:51 PM , Rating: 3
Then you have horrible taste... I see them in LA all the time and they are PRETTY...

The Model S looks even better...


RE: Hopefully...
By Jeffk464 on 5/3/2013 1:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I saw a truck load of them. Its one of the best if not the best looking sedans on the road. Hell, I would love to have one in a high tech 4cyl model.


RE: Hopefully...
By Jeffk464 on 5/3/2013 1:44:54 PM , Rating: 2
OH, I thought you were talking about the model s.


RE: Hopefully...
By BillyBatson on 5/3/2013 2:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have horrible taste, I also live in LA and most people I know don't find it an attractive car. It is shaped a lot like a prius just different body paneling, the front isn't bad but the back is hideous the trunk is really ugly and I hate that see through glass on the trunk.
The model S is very attractive but you can't even compare the 2.

I like normal shaped cars, right now I have a 13' Fusion


RE: Hopefully...
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/3/2013 2:04:34 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously, stop the "most people i know" bullshit. We don't care that "most people you know" feel that way.


RE: Hopefully...
By BillyBatson on 5/3/2013 2:23:08 PM , Rating: 1
So then what metric would you like me to go on? I don't know anyone who says "ohhh I love that car!" and I don't personally know anyone who owns one. The people I know don't like the car, including myself. Go deal with your own bullshit.


RE: Hopefully...
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/3/2013 2:28:23 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I don't know anyone who says "ohhh I love that car!" and I don't personally know anyone who owns one. The people I know don't like the car, including myself.
Great for you? Your little circle isn't everyone in the world.

I do deal with my bullshit, why don't you learn to be less of a douchebag?


RE: Hopefully...
By BillyBatson on 5/3/2013 2:34:09 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly great for me. When I post a comment it is clearly goingt o reflect me my opinions my experiences and of those around me, am I supposed to post writing from your point of view? I didn't realize we could only make comments here on DT unless it represented everyone in the world lol

Less of a douchebag? isn't that the pot calling the kettle black you're the one who needlessly commented on my post talking down on me lol I was talking down about a car but you had to be the big bad DT patroller who had to put me in my place right :) god forbid my opinion doesn't match yours good sir.


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