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GM: 20% More Plug-In Hybrid Production In 2013

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:

http://youtu.be/Nl9-FxKQPvQ

http://youtu.be/34aJaW_9Sp0

http://youtu.be/RkaAc_YckFA

http://youtu.be/_jQV7cjk2o8

http://youtu.be/ElFHRSBIvlI

http://youtu.be/nGsYyBhK69A

http://youtu.be/50Gj4q_JxtA

http://youtu.be/5FJ8Ateykrs

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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