GM Expects Next-Generation Volt to Be Profitable, Cost $10,000 Less to Build
May 3, 2013 9:04 AM
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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
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5/3/2013 2:34:09 PM
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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