It seems that it’s hard to keep the Chevy Volt factory open when no one is buying the fire prone, overpriced hybrid. Hot Air has more…
As for now, though, even with the increase lately, the company still can’t sell enough cars to justify running the plant all year round:
GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15, one of the sources said. Union representatives last week told the plant’s roughly 1,500 workers about the scheduled downtime, the source said…
Volt demand has picked up this year, after sales last year fell short of GM’s goals. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, more than triple the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.
GM executives have attributed the sales increase to strong demand for a low-emissions version of the Volt that qualifies for California’s coveted carpool lanes, which GM launched in March. Previous versions of the Volt didn’t qualify.
Volt inventories have been whittled down, too, to 6,500 units, or 84 days’ worth, as of Aug. 1. On March 1, just before the last production shutdown, GM had 154 days’ worth.
Again, this is an example of what happens when someone makes a product that people do not want. Under the old GM, the Volt was promised as a evolutionary car, that was electric, with a gas engine that would only recharge the batteries. Then, under government motors, the car devolved into a very overpriced Prius alternative. Go figure.