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General Motors is working on a plan to more than triple sales of electric cars in the near future says company CEO Dan Akerson. According to a report by Automotive News, Akerson wants to reach this goal by the middle of the decade. Arguably, tripling sales of GM’s current EVs (ie. the Chevy Volt) wouldn’t be all that hard, but Akerson is setting as a goal triple the output of what is forecasted for 2012 – a rather significant 45,000 units.
In previous statements GM has said it will build 10,000 Volt models next year, jumping to that 45,000 number in 2012.
To achieve this goal GM is rumored to be working on several new products using the Voltec powertrain, including an MPV based on the Chevy Orlando (called the Volt MPV5) which was first shown at the Beijing Auto Show last year, as well as a version of the Cadillac SRX crossover. In addition, GM will also sell the Volt in other markets as the Opel Ampera.
Helping promote Volt sales for now is a $7,500 tax credit (along with additional credits for certain regions, like California). That, however, will dry up once GM manages to move 200,000 EVs – although that target could still be a long way off
[Source: Automotive News]
Taking almost five years to come to market, the Chevrolet Volt is finally here and now GM is set to showcase the distant future of the brand once again by unveiling a new crossover model based on the Volt.
The Chevrolet Amp (as it’s rumored to be called) will reportedly be unveiled at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and it’s expected to be a more production-ready version of the Volt MPV5 that debuted at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.
It’s not yet clear if the Volt crossover will be a production model or a concept, but that’s somewhat irrelevant as it’s not likely to make it to market any time soon no matter how complete it is, with all of GM’s current range-extended electric car production capabilities being used up by the Volt.
GALLERY: Chevy Volt MPV5 Concept