On Again: Production for Chevrolet Volt Restarting Sooner Than Planned

General Motors is resuming production of the Chevy Volt a week earlier than planned due to an unexpected rise in demand for the extended-range electric car.

GM halted Volt production on March 19 due to low demand. As a result, 1300 employees at the Volt’s facility were temporarily laid off for five weeks until production was scheduled to resume on April 23. Now, the Detroit Free Press is reporting workers will be called back in on April 16 due to an increase of Volts. A GM spokeswoman tells us employees were notified on April 3 that production would resume a week earlier than expected. Last month, Chevy sold 2289 units of the EV, which is more than double the 1023 sold during February and almost four times the amount sold in January 2012.

“We are meeting supply and demand,” Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, said to the Detroit Free Press at the New York International Auto Show. “It’s not just Volt. It’s everything.”

The rise in demand may be due in part to the new Low Emissions Package offered on 2012 Chevy Volts sold in California. The package, which includes a number of hardware and software upgrades that reduce exhaust particulates, makes the Volt eligible for access to California’s coveted carpool lanes. It also adds an available $1500 tax rebate.

There’s no word if the increased demand will have any effect on the planned shutdown for this summer. Earlier this week, GM said it would halt Volt production for three weeks in July instead of the normal two weeks to keep production in line with demand.

Source: Detroit Free Press