GM, like most of us, see sales of plug-in electric vehicles increasing in the years to come. Of course, in GM’s case, its prize car is the Chevy Volt. However, it’s also rolling out the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) soon. GM recently reported that it sees its PHEV sales picking up enough to increase production 20% in 2013. A report in Bloomberg has stated that 36,000 Chevy Volts and other plug-in hybrids will be produced in Detroit-Hamtramck, MI in 2013, about 20% more than in 2012.
The number isn’t official, but Bloomberg cited “two people familiar with the effort” who “didn’t want to be identified because the target isn’t public.”
“GM is planning to build 1,500 to 3,000 of the fuel- efficient vehicles a month, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the target isn’t public.”
GM CEO Dan Akerson did say back in April 2012 that he wanted to get Volt production numbers up to 3,000/month. It looks like 2013 will be the year the company does so.
The Volt was ranked Car of the Year in 2011. And Chevy Volt owners weere more satisfied with their car in 2011 and 2012 Consumer Reports satisfaction surveys. Here are some videos from GM highlighting Volt owners’ love of the car: