GM Will Have Factory Capacity for 60,000 Chevy Volts in 2012
Doesn't Mean They'll Make that Many, Though...
One of the Chevy Volt's big disadvantage against the Nissan LEAF is that GM's production numbers are significantly lower: The latest news were for an initial 2011 production of around 10,000-15,000 Volts and production for 2012 of about 45,000 units, against about 150,000 LEAFs at Nissan's Smyrna plant and 60,000 in Sunderland, UK in 2012. But Doug Parks, GM's global vehicle line executive for electric vehicles, spoke to the Detroit News and mentioned that GM will have spare capacity in 2012.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Business of Plugging In conference, Parks said GM could build up to 60,000 Volt models in 2012. In July, GM upped production capacity for 2012 from 30,000 to 45,000.
"Starting in '12, we'll be in this max rate of 60,000," Parks said. He confirmed GM "could" sell the maximum figure in 2012 -- and could possibly go further than that. (source)
This is still far from Nissan's numbers, but getting better. If GM wants the Volt to really make a difference, they'll have to sell enough to displace non-electric vehicles, and they also need to gain economies of scale to reduce costs.
Via DetNews, ABG
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