The success of the Volt both from a press and consumer perspective is undeniable.
CEO Dan Akerson has been pushing for GM to increase production of the vehicle as fast as possible, in an effort to capitalize on the head start the high tech car has over all its competitors.
Previously it had been reported that GM now plans to more than double production from the original 10,000 planned for this year to 25,000.
A new report in Bloomberg News cites anonymous GM sources familiar with a plan by Akerson to double production for the following year, 2012, as well. Initial plans called for 60,000 Volts to be built in 2012. The new plan calls for 120,000 Volts to be built.
This plan is not definite as the sources say GM may not build that many if parts are unavailable or demand turns out not to be that strong. An announcement about this production increase may come at the upcoming Washington Auto Show.
In addition to ramping Volt production aggressively, Akerson believes in having many fuel efficient vehicles in the company’s portfolio to prepare for high fuel prices. ”We want to stay sharply focused on technology,” Akerson told reporters. “We don’t want to be caught flat-footed as we were in 2008.”
A GM spokesperson was unable to tell reporters how many orders for the Volt GM currently has. Though the number ix presumed to be very high, the company has been careful to keep that information confidential.
Akerson’s original plan was to either increase Volt production or begin selling additional lines of Voltec vehicles simultaneously, said the sources. However, at this point the company has settled on the higher Volt production volume and will instead continue to evaluate the possibility for additional vehicle types without yet committing to them.
GM’s primary goal is to get the cost of the Volt down at least $7500 by the time the federal tax credit expires once 200,000 units have been sold. At this rate that could be as soon as 2013.
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