First Production Chevrolet Volts Roll Off Line TodayBy Bill Visnic November 30, 2010
It was Job One today for General Motors Co.'s heralded Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, with the first production units rolling off the assembly line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant just outside the city of Detroit.
At a ceremony attended by Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm and numerous high-level GM executives, company CEO Dan Akerson drove onto a stage in the first production Volt, which he said will go directly to the GM Heritage Center just north of the city. The second Volt, with a vehicle identification number ending in BU100002, will be auctioned to benefit the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
Governor Granholm praised GM's determination in bringing the Volt to market, calling the car the "next generation of mobility."
GM said in a release the Volt being auctioned at www.bidonthevolt.com is Viridian Joule color and has several options. The starting bid was to be $50,000 and the winner will be announced Dec. 16.
Today marks the first shipments of Volts to dealers and Akerson said GM will begin exporting Volts sometime next year.
Meanwhile, GM also used the event to announce it will add 1,000 engineering and development jobs in the state during the next two years "to significantly expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt."
"We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment," Akerson said.
Photo by GM
1. Chevrolet Volt production car No. 2 being auctioned for charity