The Chevrolet Volt, a very exciting concept car which uses GM’s innovative E-Flex system will have a working model on the test course by 2007. While that is exciting, more exciting is their internal deadline for Volts in showrooms by 2010.
There’s been some controversy about GM’s plans for the Volt. We’ve heard good, even great, project ideas come out of General Motors in the past, only to watch the projects dissolve back into the drawing board. More research needed, insufficient demand, big-oil power plays all being blamed. But GM seems unshakingly devoted to the Volt. And I can see why. The car, which will run for 40 miles with no gasoline, and 600 miles at 60 miles per gallon on a full tank of gas, will provide a new kind of vehicle that will undoubtedly be broadly accepted.
So this gorgeous car, with better gas mileage than anything on the road, plug-in capabilities, and a wireless device charger standard could very easily be available for purchase, for under $30,000 in 2010.
Bob Lutz, vice president of GM said, “Competitors who write this off as a PR exercise are going to be brutally surprised.” I see this vehicle with a far greater potential to change vehicle emissions than any other car on the road now, or within the next 10 years. I’m very glad to see a commitment to 2010, even if it is a weak commitment.