Chevy Volt production resumes
Reports of an early death for the Chevy Volt are unfounded.
Reports of the possible death of the Chevy Volt that have been echoing around on the right side of the news spectrum seem to be premature.
General Motors has revealed that it will resume making the Volt “earlier than previously planned.”
Production of the electric-plugin car had been suspended for what was announced as a five-week span, due to a lack of demand. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, GM said it will resume production a week earlier than planned “due to increased Volt sales since January and the need to meet demand in our strong markets, including California.”
The Volt was named the European Car of the Year. It gets about 40 miles on a single electric charge, then switches over to a gasoline engine, if necessary.
During severe rollover testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a Volt did catch fire. However, the agency later gave the car its highest crash-safety rating.
The Volt has come in for widespread mockery by conservative commentators including Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. Isn't it ironic then that the Volt is manufactured in the United States by Americans, while the Toyota Prius – the best-selling hybrid car – is still made exclusively in Japan.
The latter fact resonates loudly with me, since I still recall the time when many thousands more Western New Yorkers worked in good-paying GM jobs than is currently the case.
The Volt retails for $32,495 after a $7,500 federal tax rebate.
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