GM Idles Chevrolet Volt Production

By Paul Riegler on 3 March 2012
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General Motors announced it will idle its Chevrolet Volt assembly lines for five weeks due to lower than expected sales.

The move will impact roughly 1,300 workers at the company’s Hamtramck, Michigan, factory where the Volt is built.  They will be out of work starting on March 19.  The move comes shortly after the plant had resumed post-holiday production on February 6.

The Chevrolet Volt is powered by a lithium-ion battery and has a small gasoline engine that augments power when the battery runs low.

In part due to a high price tag, sales have been tepid and a recent safety investigation about the battery’s fire risk has generated additional negative publicity.  GM later said it would modify the vehicle’s design and the investigation was dropped.