Chevrolet Volt Production Halted, Workers Temporarily Laid Off

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Chevrolet Volt Production Halted, Workers Temporarily Laid Off
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Earlier today we reported that the Chevrolet Volt sales nearly doubled in February, but doesn’t seem to have made a difference.

General Motors announced today that Volt production will stop for five weeks from March 19 through April 23 in order to curb rising inventories of the plug-in hybrid.

“We need to maintain the right inventory levels and continue to meet demand,” GM spokesman Chris Lee said.

1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will be temporarily laid off as the plant shuts down. At the end of February, GM had a total of 6,300 Volts left in inventory, which could last them almost half a year based on current sales rates.

The Volt is an important vehicle to Chevrolet, but also the industry as a whole. As the flagship range-extended EV to land in the American market, it serves as a barometer for EV sales sustainability.

There’s no question other companies that are later to the party, like Ford with its all-electric Focus, will be watching closely. If the Volt continues to suffer, it might be a strong indicator of how other manufacturers approach the EV market.

On the up side, if the Volt continues to be a poor seller, folks may find the price dropping to a more palatable level than the current $39,145 MSRP, which could represent substantial savings when paired with federal tax credits.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • ttootallg

    I would buy the volt if it were cheaper. In this economy I can’t make that big of a stretch.

  • Jeffrey

    Why get one at 40K when I can get a car that gets nearly 50 mpg and not worry about range for 1/3 the price ?

  • heath

    @Jeffery the best thing about the volt is that you don’t have to worry about range. when the battery is low it switches over to the engine.

  • danwat1234

    Yea a good reliable used mid 2000s gen 2 Prius is only around $7K, maybe less if you find a good deal on craigslist and get a good mechanic to check it out.