While visiting GM's product technology showcase this week, we had the opportunity to take a tour through the pre-production operations area where the IVER – integration vehicle engineering release – Volts are coming together and then later go for a ride in one with chief engineer Frank Weber. GM started building these integration prototypes in late May and is currently finishing them at the rate of 10 per week. By the time the whole fleet is done later this summer, 80 Volts will be running through a battery of tests to evaluate all aspects of the car. There are currently about 20 IVERs running at Milford, Warren and elsewhere.
After the tour we went over to Milford and Weber brought out the newest Volt to take journalists for quick rides around the loop on "Black Lake", the vehicle dynamics area. Unfortunatel,y only Weber was allowed to pilot the Volt and, since it arrived with a full charge, we didn't get an opportunity to experience the charge sustaining mode. Read on after the jump.