Chevrolet Volt Technology Might Make Its Way Into Minivan

The Chevrolet Volt has taken the world by storm and earned numerous awards and accolades in the process. While one vehicle with this new technology is good, numerous vehicles employing it is wonderful and General Motors is well aware of this fact.

There were numerous rumors stating that Volt-technology would wind up in a Cadillac, but according to AutoWeek, the technology might also wind up in something completely different. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson suggested that a minivan might be the next step for the battery-technology and there have also been talks of a hatchback in the works.

While the van idea might come first, Akerson wants to spread the battery-powered love throughout the company. He expects 10-percent of all GM production will be hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle within the next 10 to 15 years. This means that Cadillac, Buick and GMC will get Volt-technology, but no timeframe has been established.

Akerson also stated that a plug-in version of the Cadillac SRX is expected within a few years, making it the first alternative fueled Cadillac that actually makes sense, as the Escalade hybrid was just a $73,000 waste of money.

This is a brilliant move by GM, as Toyota is expanding the Prius line to include many different vehicles, including the Prius C, Prius V and maybe even a pickup truck.

Chevrolet is already experiencing some success with the Volt, as Akerson told the 2011 Automotive News World Congress that the company is slated to sell 25,000 examples of the electric car. This number is considerably higher than the 10,000-20,000-unit expectation.

“We have been pleased and a bit surprised with the initial demands, initial orders for Volts,” Akerson said. “We don't want to miss the opportunity.”

In other GM news, the company stated that they would focus their efforts overseas, as the effects of bankruptcy are still affected them in the United States.

[Source – Autoweek]

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