The Chevy Volt is a very polarizing vehicle, but one thing that can’t be argued are sales numbers, and GM expects to sell more Volts next year by 25 percent, prompting them to retool their facilities for increased production.
GM’s initial estimates for Chevy Volt sales in 2010 was about 15,000 vehicles. By the end of this month they’ll have produced about 3,300 Volts in total before shutting down for four weeks to retool the facilities. Even with a lost month of production though, GM believes it is on track to sell produce 16,000 Volts and its European cousin, the Opel Ampera, by the end of this year (about 2,500 of those will be dealer demo vehicles though.)
That means from July to January 1st, GM will have to crank out over 12,000 Voltec vehicles, about 2,000 a month. By next year, GM believes it can sell as many as 60,000 Volts and Amperas, which is up from the initial estimate of 45,000. Eventually, GM thinks as many as 100,000 Voltec vehicles will roll off their assembly lines every year. GM plans to add 2,500 people to the assembly line building Volts, up from the 1,100 currently working on the extended-range hybrid. This news follows the breaking ground ceremony on GM’s electric motor factory, which will be the first of its kind by a major automaker in the U.S.
It’s still too early to call the Volt a sales success, but it has the potential to put GM back on the map worldwide as an innovator. I can’t wait to see what Rush Limbaugh has to say when GM starts selling these like hotcakes.
Reprinted with permission from Gas 2.0