• Feb 6th 2010 at 5:03PM
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2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

Up until now, General Motors has remained deliberately vague in public about the scheduled Job 1 date for Chevrolet Volt production. Given the complexity and new technology involved in the program, the automaker's reluctance is understandable. After all when you don't know what the future holds or what problems will crop up, you don't want to put a misleading date out there, years in advance.

Internal schedules, on the other hand, are something else altogether. Every program needs to have deadlines so that people know how much time and resources to allot for a given task. Those internal gantt charts have undoubtedly had the magic Volt Job 1 date on them for several years. Among the stakeholders that need to when a vehicle will launch are the dealers that have to schedule orders for inventory. Around about this time of year, automakers usually brief dealers on when the current model year vehicles will end production and new ones will start.

With less than ten months to go, GM has set November 1, 2010 as the Chevrolet Volt Job 1 date on the production start list for dealers. By September, dealerships will need to start giving GM an indication of how many Volts they want to order so that the head office can determine allocations. Interestingly, the GM chart indicates that dealers won't know their allocations until two weeks after production starts, and won't be able to start placing orders until then. Typically, those last two items happen about two months before production starts. The timing for the Volt production kickoff is still far enough out that those dates may yet change in the months to come.

A final item of interest is that the Cruze, which was originally slated to launch in April and subsequently pushed back to September, is listed as TBD.

  • 11/29/09 7:17:39 -- Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A Vehicle Chief Engineer Andrew Farah and the new Chevy Volt during the Dodger Stadium ride and drive.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should delay the Volt for a year or two until they've worked out all the bugs.

      It's too soon bring this to market.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Phew! Almost a whole day without someone mentioning "that other company that has all the problems" and not so much as a hint of sarcastic remarks.

      But, in the "unstopable" atmosphere of other news, maybe GM could "suddenly accelerate" the date. If I "recall", they've done it before. No sense "hiding information" and maybe this could "shim" up sales. Even if they miss the target date, no need to "bow and apologise".

        • 5 Years Ago
        Your jokes never get "rusty" no matter what "frame" of mind your in. I laughed my "ball joints" off so hard it made my "bed bounce" It almost made me "sludge" my pants. You guys "crack" me up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just what are you trying to "pedal" here, caddy-v? :-{)}
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the company called EEStor in Cedar Park, Texas. How will this changed the equation if any of it is factual.

      Claimed Specifications

      The following is how the EESU is claimed to compare to other electrochemical batteries used for electric cars :[5]
      Ceramic EESU NiMH Lead-acid(Gel) Lithium-ion
      Weight (kg/lbs) 135/300 780/1716 1660/3646 340/752
      Volume (litres/cubic inches) 74.5/4541 293/17,881 705/43,045 93.5/5697
      Self-discharge rate 0.02%/30 Days 5%/30 Days 1%/30 Days 1%/30 Days
      EV Charging time (full) - 100% charge 3-6 min >3.0 hr 3-15 hr >3.0 hr
      Life Reduced with deep cycle use none very high high very high
      Hazardous Materials none yes yes yes
      Temperature vs. effect on energy storage negligible high very high high
      Commercially Available no yes yes yes

        • 5 Years Ago
        Somewhere between none and not at all?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dude, mike lee, your such a dumbass, your about as knowledged aboutcars as a 2 year old. You know nothing, how can you just baise hateoff looks. The prius and honda insight look absolutly sickning but imsure your just out humping your boring turd of a toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope it will be a success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For crying out loud, could the Cruze possibly take ANY LONGER to come out?

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but we've been hearing about it for like 3 years now, and it's already been driving around China for quite a while.

      I've never seen a car spend so much time on a company's "future cars" list.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It hasn't been driving around China for some time now. Well, any more than it has been driving around the US for some time now (which it has in prototype form).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its been driving around Europe at least a year +....I 'have seen so many of them when I was there ...its "old" in my eyes....no chance against the Focus..sorry
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know 'why' it looks cheesy? Because it was designed by the same group of GM stylists who did the Pontiac (and other GM cars that have 'that look'). It had to look like a General Motors product, but - and I agree with you - it's very dated looking, very tubby and over-weight looking, and not very stylish. I still wonder why a car with an alternative power train has to look so odd. Why can't it be good-looking? Why does it have to have the proportions of a baked potato, and lacking in style that looks modern? One reason why I like the Ford Fusion hybrid is that it looks as 'normal' as any run-of-the-mill Fusion and just as good. The VOLT, on the other hand, looks way too fat. Put the 'engine' in a regular Impala and you'd have an attractive car that would appeal to many people. But the VOLT is apparently designed to look odd, to attract attention to itself just because it looks so awful. I guess GM wanted buyers of the VOLT to able to say, 'see how different my car is? See what the future looks like?' at which point some will throw-up. I know I will(!).
      • 5 Years Ago
      See Chevy has delayed the Cruze to TBD... must be going back to the drawing board after seeing the awesome new 2012 Ford Focus thats going to rock their world... more powerful 2.0L DI TiVCT engine, efficient dual-dry clutch 6-speed, great driving dynamics, stunning design and brilliant MyFord Touch infotainment system and interior... RIP Chevy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, Greg's post, inflammatory though it may be, is not "grounded in idiocy." The Cruze has been out for months here in Australia (badged as a Holden, but otherwise identical to the Chevy), and has been met with lots of "meh."

        The magazines' consensus is that it's pleasant-looking, safe, roomy, and very boring, with a weak, noisy 1.8L engine and nasty electric steering that sap any trace of fun-to-drive (and yes, most U.S. Cruzes will have the base 1.8). UK mags say much the same thing; U.S. ones likely will, too, after the initial round of back-slapping "First Drive" reviews. In any case, the Cruze certainly isn't in the same league as the Mazda 3, and considering the commonality between that car and the Focus, it's a pretty fair bet that the 2012 Focus will wipe the floor with the Cruze.

        To me, that--and the production delay in the U.S.--is the really big news here. Yes, the Volt is vital to *perception* of the GM brand, but they're not expecting to make any money on it. The Cruze, on the other hand, is the kind of bread-and-butter volume seller that will make or break "the new GM's" fortunes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know that it's "idiocy". It's really hard to see how the Cruze provides a significant improvement over the current Cobalt. It doesn't even look better.

        If I were a GM product planner, I'd be taking a long, hard look at the Cruze and see if there's anything that can be done to improve it before sending it out to market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhh. So the truth comes out. Must be difficult to type with your fingers crossed. Here are a couple of things to note: GM did not pick up the made in Korea/European Cruze and ship it over here, it will arrive here much improved (though dated) over what's on the roads of Asia and Europe today. Or did you think that they were just picking their balls all this time?

        GM still managed to sell 8,672 Cobalts in December 2009. The Cruze will sell. The Corolla and the Civic, not the Fusion is the standard by which the Cruze will be judged.

        I also bought Ford stock on the cheap, and will dump it all for GM stock upon release of that IPO. Its about making money. Hell I'm thinking about getting out now. There are tough times ahead for Ford. Ford still has a mountain of debt. They're on the right path, but not out of the woods yet. I'm glad that they making $$$ now though.

        P.S. I currently drive a Ford car.

        • 5 Years Ago
        If you haven't sat in a Chevy Cruze yet, you can feel free to shut the f**k up. The interior in this car is excellent.

        It'll get 40mpg with a turbo 1.4L four, and it'll get a Watt's Linkage rear suspension so that it'll be able to corner pretty well.

        While I agree that, from an exterior styling standpoint, the Cruze needs to bring a little more to the game, I'd reserve judgment on what Ford will be going to Chevy until they are priced and tested against each other.

        I do agree that delaying the car even further is going to hamper its effectiveness in the market, though. The design will have already been in production for two years (in other parts of the world) by the time it's supposed to launch in September. And this "TBD" business certainly does make one think that they might delay it a little longer. If they do, they'd better work on the styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe GM is making damn sure that they work the problems out of the Volt, because at $40K, it HAS to be great, not good, GREAT. With gas hovering @$2.50, do the math. A Fiesta that gets 40 mpg or a Volt that gets ???, but costs twice as much. The Volt will sell well in the first year if it is GREAT or if gas suddenly hits $4, but any econo car at that price will be a tough sell. As far as the Cruze, well they said the Cobalt was the real competitor to the Japanese, and that it would be a big improvement to the Cavalier. It was neither of those. I have little hope for the Cruze.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, so it takes about 25 days to build a car and then a couple of more weeks to get it shipped, that'll put the first Volts arriving mid late December. That's very late for a model year 2011 car or are they going to call it a 2012?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tony: I actually wouldn't mind buying a piece of beach-front property in Haiti. Just not in Port-Au-Prince.

        Back to the Volt. Yes it is a "Game Changer" and not because GM said so, because it actually is. The Volt is a gasoline-electric vehicle that will do to the auto-industry what the diesel-electric locomotive did to the railway industry.

        The gasoline-electric power plant will not reap the maximum benefits in passenger cars, it is in the bus & truck (larger commercial vehicles) where the economics will be magnified.

        Imagine being able to use an LS3 motor to drive a generator that powers four or six 250hp hub motors in an 18 wheeler. The LS3 running between 2500 -3000 rpms would probably average 30+ mpg. 18 wheelers, currently average between 4.5 - 7.5 mpg. Even if I am being too optimistic, and it only gets 10 mpg, that is still one hell of a jump.

        Hybrids as we know them today, are all but dead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure, that's a very good question.

        All I know is that if they keep the price at ~$40k before "rebate", then this will have a very short run. Especially when you can get a Prius/Insight for ~$20k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How are you going to run 6 250HP motors from an engine that produces only 430HP? Even if you had a 100% efficient conversion from the output shaft, you'll only get 430HP out, not 1500HP.

        I also believe your hoped-for fuel economy is far too high. It energy to pull a load, and the energy is going to come from the fuel tank. If you want to do a lot of work (i.e pull a load), you're going to have to use a fair amount of fuel. Replacing a driveshaft with a generator, wires and motors isn't a miracle.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Maybe you are right about the assembly part. I do not know where I got days from. But I do think it takes that long for quality control and delivery. So from component pieces to sitting at a dealer, I still think it takes about a month.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dr greenthumb

        "This car is the best transportation we will have until fuel cell vehicles become commonplace."

        You're kidding right? This is a vehicle that will take 10-15 years to make back it's money under normal driving conditions, compared to a standard hybrid (which already take enough time to pay back as it is). After it pays back, you'll most likely be paying another 10k for a replacement battery pack-- provided the car has lasted that long. Then guess what? You have another 10 years to pay back.

        Fuel cell vehicles are pipe dreams. They have been for decades. Every few years they tell us: "just a few more years". There's no infrastructure for them and no storage solution has been developed for cars that would net anything over a 150 mile range. Period.

        No Sir. I'm not buying it. This Cobalt... errr... Volt is nothing more than an electric vehicle with a briggs & stratton generator on board to recharge the battery pack. It may be a "one of a kind" at the moment as far as system configuration, but when it debuts to market, the Chinese will have a car that costs 10-17k less that is almost exactly the same-- and it will be here in the States.

        The future to me would be EV's that had more advanced battery technology that stored more power and could recharge 90-100% in the same time as filling up at the gas pump. The Volt is, like a Prius, a stepping stone to that eventuality. It just follows a slightly different path.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My bad it should read "if you're interested"
        • 5 Years Ago
        ngiotta: If this were just another Hybrid, I'd agree with you. However, this car is a game changer. Hybrids as we know them, will soon vanish from the landscape. This car is the best transportation we will have until fuel cell vehicles become commonplace.

        Forget plug-in electrics. Even if the range doubles, the draw back to electrics is charging time. Any car that requires more time to refuel than the present standard, is a commercial FAILURE.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It takes 25-35 hours to build a car, not days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Dr Greenthumb

        Lol. I know they aren't going to build one at a time. I'm saying start to finish its about 28 days to build a car. If they put 1000 into production on day one, they'll roll out of QC around the same time about a month later.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I still don't understand how they can get away with calling a car that goes on sale in 2010 a 2011 model...

      • 5 Years Ago
      "After all when you don't know what the future holds or what problems will crop up, you don't want to put a misleading date out there, years in advance."

      is this sarcasm?

      seemingly every car company that isn't GM is capable of showing a concept, and a year - or less - later, the production version is released.

      GM's model on the other hand is; 'here's concept we're working on.' followed a year later by; 'remember that concept we had? we're thinking it'll look like this when we make it. that's IF we make it by the way. you can't just go designing and building cars all over the place.' followed a year later by; 'that car we're thinking about maybe making? maybe we'll start making it in about 8 months. maybe. seriously, this is really hard. it's not like we've been making cars for years and years and, oh, wait...'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we get a "Volt-less" Autoblog option?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not like it's been overly talked about recently....
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