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GM set a lofty goal of selling 10,000 Chevrolet Volts in 2011 and has finally admitted that they won’t be able to hit their target sales mark this year and probably won’t be achieved until sometime in early 2012.
Through the first 11 months of the year, Chevrolet has successfully moved 6,142 Volts while their main competitor, Nissan‘s Leaf, has sold 8,720 vehicles.
But nothing is stopping GM from being optimistic for its Volt from now and beyond. By expanding sales to more states, GM enjoyed its best Volt-sales month in November, moving 1,139 units. They’re hoping by year’s end the plug-in hybrid will be available in all 50 states. For 2012 however, GM looks to be even more ambitious, telling CNBC last month that they hope to move number 45,000 Volt by next year.
Here’s to hoping this goes away quickly, eh GM?
[Source: Left Lane News]
The Chevrolet Volt has been reported as averaging fuel economy high enough to see 1,000 miles between trips to the gas station.
“A sample of our early Volt customers suggest that they drive 1,000 miles before they fill up the gas tank,” said vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt, Tony Posawatz, at a conference yesterday in New York.
This news was reported by Bloomberg, but comes as no surprise to those who already know the gasoline-electric powered car. The Volt is capable of running on its 16kW lithium-ion battery indefinitely, as long as miles between recharges are below the 35-50 mile threshold, at which point the 1.4-liter generator kicks on.
General Motors had to design a pressure-sealed steel gasoline tank for the Volt just to keep its fuel from going stale. The Volt’s computer monitors the age of the gas, and if a Volt driver never taps into the fuel supply, it will periodically start the generator to use the gas before it gets too old.
In this light, it is clear that Posawatz’ reported revelation is only one conservative estimate. Volt drivers may not just get 1,000 miles between fill-ups – some have reported several hundred miles to nearly 1,000 miles before burning even one gallon of gasoline. It’s all a matter of using the energy budget wisely. Since electricity is cheaper, the idea is to use the grid, and avoid gas stations.
GM has also said Volt sales are “right on target” as its deliberately slow roll out continues. “Demand for the product is very, very high,” Posawatz said. Consumers “can’t get enough of them.”