Production of GM’s much hyped Chevrolet Volt electric car continues to hum along and looks to have passed an important point, we’ve learned today, as General Motors said the first pre-production unit has “rolled off the line at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant.” It is the first of several pre-production Volts that will be built in coming months as the company ramps up to build actual purchase ready models later this year.
GM said these pre-production Volts “will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team.” Current specs on the Volt indicate this electric car will offer up to “40 miles of pure electric driving before an engine-generator kicks in to sustain the battery charge and seamlessly extends the range to about 300 additional miles.”
“We have a very experienced workforce at this plant and through all of their preparation and training workers here have been given the privilege to take GM into the future with this car,” said Detroit-Hamtramck plant manager Teri Quigley in a statement.
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