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Aug 022010
 

From Green Right Now Reports

General Motors says that thanks to strong public interest in the Chevrolet Volt, its new 340-mile extended range electric vehicle, it will increase U.S. production capacity of the car by 50 percent, from 30,000 units to 45,000 units, in 2012.

The Volt is due in dealer showrooms by the end of the year.

This week, participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets began taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, following the release of retail and lease pricing. And the number of U.S. launch markets for the vehicle recently was raised from three to seven. In the past few weeks, more than 25,000 people have joined the Chevrolet Volt enthusiast list, the automaker reports.

The Volt offers a total driving range of about 340 miles and is powered by electricity at all times. For up to the first 40 miles, the vehicle drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered, engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles on a full tank.