Two weeks ahead of schedule, GM has begun testing the first pre-production models of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Although GM had hoped to start testing the models on July 4, the test schedule was moved up, giving the automaker more timeto tweakthe complex powertrain.
"By exceeding our own pre-production deadlines, it allows us additional time to refine the vehicle," said Andrew Farah, the Volt's chief engineer. GM wants to have the Volt reach Chevy showrooms by November 2010.
Although the first Volts will be built at GM's Hamtramck facility in Detroit, AutoBeat Asia is reporting that GM may expand production of the vehicle to other facilities once the Hamtramck assembly plant can no longer meet demand. Until then, it will export the Volt from the U.S. to other markets.
China is one place GM anticipates it will build the Volt in the future. China wants to have at least 60,000 alternative fuel vehicles on its roads by 2012, a goal the GM feels it can help the Chinese government attain. All Volts built in China will be sold in that country.