GM Is Planning To Build 20% More Hybrids This Year Than 2012
General Motors is going to build around 36,000 Chevrolet Volt and plug-in hybrids this year. This is 20% more than they sold in 2012. GM is working on building around 1,500-3,000 plug-in vehicles per month. The company sold around 30,000 Volt and Opel Ampera cars in 2012 according to GM spokesman Jim Cain.
The production of the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid will start later this year and sales will start in early 2014. The Volt can drive 38 miles on electric power before the gas engine kicks in. The plug-in hybrids can be recharging through an electrical outlet. The U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Volt more than tripled last year at 23,461.
General Motors builds the Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan. The Cadillac ELR is going to be built at the same factory. The Chevrolet Volt received positive reviews in Consumer Reports as 92% of survey respondents said that they would buy one again.