2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
2011 Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept, Unveiled at 2010 Beijing Motor Show
GM is planning on building approximately 8,000 volts for the first production year. That seems about right considering the introduction of the Honda CR-Z in Japan recently (more here). The second year sees a large jump to 60,000 units, which seems to indicate an expected increase in consumer adoption. Just to recap, the Volt is rated to achieve a range of 40 miles on all-electric power with additional mileage beyond that provided by “range extender” mode. This is where the highway divides and the Chevrolet becomes one of the first mass produced vehicles to have the engine act as a generator to provide power to the electric motors once the battery is depleted. The proper term for the Volt is an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) unlike plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) like the up and coming Toyota Prius Plug-in.
Bottom line—the 2011 Chevrolet Volt shows innovation coming out of GM and it could conceivably eat away at the strong hold Toyota has had on the hybrid market. Now all we need is another “Buy American Made” campaign and the Volt will be all set. Oh yeah, and if you are in the market for an multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) check out the recently released Volt MPV5 concept from Beijing.
Be sure to roll over and plug into AllCarsElectric.com for their report and more details on the press conference.