2011 Chevrolet Volt is virtually sold out, says General Motors

Article by Christian A., on August 2, 2011

The outgoing 2011 model year of the Chevrolet Volt is “virtually sold out” but when General Motors reveals its U.S. sales report for July, it will only indicate that it sold just 100 Volts, according to spokeswoman Michelle Bunker. She said that just 100 units remain unclaimed of the 4,488 2011 Volts that had rolled off the assembly line at Detroit-Hamtramck.

The rest have been reserved to be used for dealer demos of the Volt’s battery and backup generator.

They are also set to be used by GM for engineering tests or marketing. Since the Volt was launched last December, an average of 440 Volts is sold each month. But then, GM closed the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in June for about a month in preparation for the production for the 2012 model year units.

Because it only takes 13 days for the average Volt to be snatched up from a dealership and be brought home by a customer, it means that weeks without Volt production result to weeks of slow sales.

From January to June 2011, GM sold 3,071 Volts, which is lower than the 3,894 units sold in the U.S. of the pure-electric Nissan Leaf. GM is raising production of the Volt to a total of 16,000 this year and 60,000 next year. Some of these vehicles are badged as the European Opel Ampera.

According to CEO Dan Akerson, GM may eventually achieve its capacity of making over 100,000 units annually. Nissan anticipates that it will be able to deliver around 10,000 Leafs to Americans this year.

This is equivalent to what GM is targeting in the U.S. for the Volt. Nissan said that its Smyrna, Tenn., plant will have the capacity to produce 150,000 Leafs each year after production of the electric car begins in the plant in 2012.

Chevrolet Volt heats up the highway with the long lasting power of Voltec. Chevrolet’s Voltec propulsion is a combination of pure electric drive and extended range powerful engine technology.

The all-new Chevrolet Volt can drive up to 100mph at top speed while the excellent torque (368Nm) can gear up and go from 0-60mph in nine seconds or run a quarter mile in seventeen seconds.

But what makes the Volt so special is when it seamlessly converts to the extended range mode just as expected. That means, as soon as the battery has exhausted all its energy, the propulsion system will simply draw the power from the highly advanced on-board engine. This element is powered by a 1.4L gasoline to deliver an additional 310 miles of range to the electric drive unit.

Anyone can go on driving with the new Chevy for up to 350 extra miles. Each 16kWh lithium ion Voltec battery weighs 198.1kg. This is exactly where the 149-hp electric drive unit gets its power to run the vehicle. To cut back on fuel and tailpipe emissions, the battery only uses the stored energy according to the temperature, driving technique and type of terrain.

The best thing about Chevrolet Volt’s battery is that it has an eight-year warranty. Each battery conforms to GM’s durability, quality, safety, reliability, performance and value. Charging the battery only takes 4 hours using the 240V outlet at the charging station. If recharging at home is more convenient, a 120V outlet will only require 10-12 hours of charging time. Owners can also log on to MyVolt.com or use the Chevrolet Mobile Application to manage charging more efficiently.

There had been a total of four million hours and one million miles of quality testing recorded ever since GM conducted the very first battery assessment in 2007. As a matter of fact, each battery has 161 components with 9 modules and 288 prismatic cells and 95% of which are designed and engineered by General Motors.

Undeniably, the company has nothing but great expectations for the new Chevrolet Volt. As Micky Bly (GM Executive Director) once said that its customers have committed to using technology that will help cut their dependence on petroleum. He also went on to emphasise what is covered in the battery warranty. After all, the efficient battery performance makes the new Chevrolet a joy to drive.

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