GM planning to build 10,000 Volts in 2011

Posted on Saturday, 3 July 2010 , 00:07:30 byAlina

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GM planning to build 10,000 Volts in 2011

During a live webchat, Tony DiSalle, the market director for the Chevrolet Volt, announced the production numbers for the first two years. He said the company plans to build 10,000 cars in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012. First year ramp up will be slow so that GM can learn how the cars behave in the field.

Production of consumer-ready Volts should begin by the end of 2010, and GM plans on producing nearly 10,000 examples through the 2011 calendar year. In 2012, GM will increase production in the Hamtramck, Michigan facility to 30,000 Volts.

Chevrolet dealers will have to meet some minimum qualifications in order to sell the Volt. For example, every dealer must have at least one-demonstrator vehicle on the showroom floor so customers can test drive it. The dealers must also have a 240-volt home charging station so that the cars have a full battery and customers can try it out.

Tony DiSalle also said GM would be selling Volts in all 50 states by 2012, or between 12 and 18 months after launch. The first Volts to be rolled off the assembly lines will be sold in California, Washington, Austin, Texas and the New York City metropolitan area, but several cities will be added in early 2011, including Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and New York.

Unlike the Nissan Leaf, customers will not have to get pre-qualified to buy a Volt by having access to 240 volt home charging.