What does this mean for Detroit? General Motors is halting production of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car because of slow sales. The suspension is for one month. Do you think the electric car will ever catch on in the U.S.?
It’s the second interruption for the Volt, which can go 38 miles on battery power before needing a recharge from its gasoline engine or a plug-in. I feel like maybe the reason people aren’t running out to buy the Volt or other electric cars, is for that very reason.
Most people drive more than 38 miles and I don’t remember seeing many charging stations. Believe it or not, GM sold almost 11,000 Volts through July. That’s up from the less than 3,000 it sold during the same period last year. Would you be upset if the electric car totally went away?