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GM revamping Detroit plant to increase Volt production

Volt electric car production will increase from 16,000 to 60,000


May 19, 2011
by The Canadian Press

DETROIT—General Motors will reconfigure its Chevrolet Volt plant to increase production to 60,000 electric cars a year.

The current factory, which will be shut next month, currently produces about 16,000 a year.

GM said the electric car will be in short supply for the next three months because of the four-week shutdown that begins in June. But moving in new machinery and overhead conveyors will allow the company to boost the plant’s output of the Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“We will be better able to meet the tremendous consumer demand,”says  Cristi Landy, the Volt’s marketing director.

The Volt can run on battery power for about 35 miles before a gas-powered motor kicks in to generate electricity. It can be recharged through a home electrical outlet.

The car costs just over $40,000 but is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.

The Volt factory straddles the border between Detroit and the small town of Hamtramck.

The company has dealer orders for all the Volts the plant will produce this year, GM spokeswoman Michelle Bunker said Wednesday.

The shutdown also will let GM add equipment to build the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan at the plant starting next year.