to increase Volt production capacity by half
General Motors said that thanks to strong
public interest in the Chevrolet Volt, the extended range electric
vehicle, it will increase American production capacity of the
new car by 50 percent – from 30,000 units to 45,000 units – in
The announcement came as United States President Barack Obama
toured the Detroit-Hamtramck facility, where the Volt is being
produced now for sale later this year.
The expanded domestic production capacity is the latest in a
series of positive developments for the Chevrolet Volt. Recently,
participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets began taking
customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, following the release
of retail and lease pricing.
The brand also recently announced unprecedented battery and vehicle
limited warranties. And the number of American launch markets
for the vehicle recently was raised from three to seven. In the
past few weeks, more than 25,000 people have joined the Chevrolet
Volt enthusiast list.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant received $336 million in new investment
to prepare for production of the Volt, part of more than $700
million GM has invested in eight Michigan facilities to support
Volt production since 2008. This includes a 33,000 square-foot
battery systems lab in Warren; a battery assembly facility in
Brownstown Township; and supporting engine and stamping operations
in Grand Blanc, Bay City, and three plants in Flint.
Besides direct GM jobs, the Volt has helped spur additional supplier
employment and investment. Earlier this month, battery cell supplier
LG Chem/Compact Power Inc. broke ground on a $300 million, 650,000
square-foot plant in Holland, Michigan, to support Volt production,
creating 400 jobs. In addition, the Volt helped start an electrification
trend. Since its debut in January 2007, other automakers have
announced 30 plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles.