Chevrolet fans around the world will probably be ecstatic at the announcement made by General Motors on 2 June that the Volt concept will see the light of day as planned. The much talked about Volt was approved by the GM board, signalling their complete confidence in the fact that the car’s technology including its lithium-ion batteries will be ready for volume production on schedule.
“The volt is the biggest step yet in our industry’s move away from our historic, virtually complete reliance on petroleum to power vehicles” said Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. “We intend to show a production version of the Chevrolet volt publicly in the very near future, and we remain focused on our target of getting the Volt into Chevrolet showrooms by the end of 2010”.
The Volt has been the subject of much speculation with questions about the tight schedule for development and production of this pioneering extended-range electric car. The technology envisaged for the car would normally require more time but GM has dedicated a great deal of financial and infrastructural investment to support this project and it is starting to pay off.