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Chevy to Begin Volt Production on Veterans Day

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On: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy to Begin Volt Production on Veterans Day

We've known for some time that the Chevy Volt will be hitting the market this November, but the exact date when the assembly lines would begin churning out Volts has been a mystery until this week. According to an exclusive on AOL Autos, Chevy will ramp up production on Veterans Day. That's November 11 for you unpatriotic folk.

A national holiday seems like an odd day to begin production, but according to GM it's merely a coincidence. GM spokesman Rob Peterson is quoted by NY Times Wheels as stating: " “We’ve said our target of mid-November is tied to many things — suppliers, engineering, production facilities. It’s definitely not tied to a holiday.” That's good, because Veterans Day didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with Chevy's buzzed up range-extender.

The Volt is scheduled to be a gradual release vehicle beginning in California. GM plans to produce 10,000 Volts this year, but has not yet indicated how many Volts will be going to individual dealers. The company plans to do that on November 17 after production begins. Other initial markets will include New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Washington D.C.

Chevy plans to build between 30,000 and 45,000 Volts next year. GM reportedly intends to make numerous headlines around the time Volt production begins, engaging in a concentrated media blitz. The company may tie the Volt launch media campaign in with its upcoming IPO offering.

The Volt is a range-extending plug-in hybrid that uses a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine to boost the 40-mile range of its 111 kW electric motor to over 300 miles. Owners will be able to charge the lithium-ion battery in about 10 hours via regular 120 V outlets or in about four using a dedicated 240 V outlet. The car carries a base price of $41,000 and will be available for lease starting at $350 per month.

Initially, Chevy advertised fuel economy numbers for the Volt as high as 230 mpg, but has since abandoned those claims as the EPA restructures the way that economy ratings are calculated for hybrids and electrics.

Given the amount of buzz that has been surrounding the Volt for years, GM has a lot riding on a successful launch.


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