2010 Launch No Sure Thing for GM Volt Electric Car

Whether the Volt becomes reality hinges on GM's ability to develop a lithium-ion battery capable of powering a mass-market car.

Published: 04-Jan-2008

General Motors Corp. still hopes to have the Chevrolet Volt -- the automaker's ambitious attempt at a plug-in hybrid -- on the road by 2010, CEO Rick Wagoner said on Thursday. But he cautioned that the timeline isn't a sure thing as the automaker works to develop the technology required to produce a battery-powered car for the masses.

"We continue to put massive resources into production as soon as possible," Wagoner said, responding in writing during an online chat session to kick off the automaker's 100th anniversary.

"2010 would be great, but (we) can't guarantee that at this time. We'll keep you posted regularly on our progress."

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The Chevrolet Volt uses a large battery and a small, 1L turbo gasoline engine to produce enough electricity to go up to 640 miles and provide triple-digit fuel economy.

GM is also planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue but has not said when the vehicle will be available. Pictured is 2006 Opel Antara, which is expected to replace current VUE.

All three concepts were designed at GM's Design Studio in Inchon, South Korea; one of GM's 11 Global Design Studios. Photo: microcars L-to-R -- Groove, Beat, Trax.

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