Chevrolet Volt production resumed a week earlier than scheduled on April 16 rather than on April 23 as previously announced. General Motors Co. has said that it is targeting an increase of over 30% of this $39,000 electric car in the coming months. In March 2012 in the U.S., 2,289 Volts were sold. This is better than its previous best month last December, which is when 1,529 cars were sent.
The decline in sales is attributed to the federal safety investigation that later necessitated a congressional hearing. In an interview on Bloomberg Radio's "A Closer Look With Arthur Levitt" set to be broadcast this May, CEO Dan Akerson said that it appears like the company has sustained itself past this challenging period.
He said that the company is now positioning itself to sell more than 3,000 units monthly for the rest of the year. Sales of the Volt declined after a U.S. probe into the car’s safety was divulged last November. The investigation was later shut down by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January, saying the Volt or other electric vehicles don’t offer more of a fire risk than other cars.
It’s not surprising that the Volt and its sales figures are frequently being debated in the government. The U.S. government still owns 32% of GM. Initially, the scheduled halt of plant production was March 19 through April 23. Lee said that its workers are being called a week earlier because of the rising Volt sales since January. He also talked about the need to cope with demand in its dominant markets such as California.