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Chevy May Be Ready to Unplug the Volt

GM shifting from plug-in to all-electric.

by on Dec.27, 2017

After a strong start, the second-gen Chevy Volt has been losing sales momentum this year.

General Motors is reportedly looking at unplugging the Chevrolet Volt, although the world’s first mass-market plug-in hybrid might remain in production until the end of its current lifecycle, around 2022, according to a report by AutoForecast Solutions.

The move would reflect not only sluggish sales but also a shift in strategy by GM. When the Volt came to market in 2010 many experts believed that plug-in hybrids would be the wave of the future. But as batteries become cheaper, more powerful and quicker to charge there’s a growing push for pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs like the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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GM was expected to add several spin-offs based on the Volt plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, or PHEV, but none has been forthcoming. Instead, the Detroit automaker now says it will launch another two BEVs over the next 18 months, with at least 20 all-electric or fuel-cell-powered models due out by 2023.


GM Investing $449 Mil to Prepare for New Battery Cars, Updated Volt

New Cadillac sedan may also be part of project.

by on Apr.09, 2014

General Motors announced that it will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants in preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles and advanced battery technologies.

Despite sluggish sales for its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, General Motors appears to be making an even bigger bet on the future of electric vehicles as it prepares to invest $449 million in a key battery-car assembly plant and the factory that produces the lithium-ion packs that will be used there.

Though GM did not provide specific details, the major investment plan is expected to help it upgrade the Volt and possibly add one or more additional battery-based vehicles at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. But the program is likely to include one or more non-electric model, such as a large sedan being developed by the Cadillac brand.

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“Today’s news will ensure that the next generation Chevy Volt continues and solidifies that position of leadership,” Gerald Johnson, GM’s vice president of North America manufacturing, said at an Automotive Press Association luncheon. “We want our customers to benefit from our investments in technology and to keep coming back to General Motors for their purchases.” (more…)

GM Investing $8 Million to Expand Battery Lab

by on Apr.12, 2010

With the expansion of its battery lab, GM hopes to come up with better, cheaper batteries for vehicles like the Chevy Volt.

General Motors is investing $8 million to double the size of the battery research lab at its Warren, Michigan technical center. 

The expansion of the facility, which will grow to 30,000 square feet, will not only make it easier for the automaker to improve on-site testing, but also help it develop more advanced batteries for an expanding line-up of electric vehicles it plans to bring to market in the coming years, said Micky Bly, the executive in charge of GM’s various battery vehicle programs.

The carmaker’s push into “electrification” begins in November, when it launches production of the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV.  Chevy has already begun so-called pre-production of Volt prototypes and, in a Monday news briefing, GM officials confirmed that the battery car will deliver an average range of 40 miles per charge, while it is expected to yield an average 50 miles per gallon using its small internal combustion engine, once the batteries are discharged.