Thing are apparently happening to get the next-generation Chevy Volt ready for public consumption. The most obvious proof is in a preview of an announcement (possibly coming tomorrow) that the two main places where General Motors gets the Volt ready -the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the Brownstown Township battery assembly facility - will be getting big money upgrades and lots of new positions. The Hamtramck plant builds the Volt and its fancier cousin, the Cadillac ELR, as well as the global versions of the Volt.

The Detroit News reports that GM will add 1,400 jobs and spend roughly $450 million at the two locations in order to build the redesigned Volt. What's less clear is exactly what the updates will bring us. We've heard that the new volt will be a 2016 model and come on a new chassis. Speculation in The Detroit News about tomorrow's announcement runs the gamut from a new compact PHEV with less electric range and a lower price (which makes sense) to an updated Volt with more electric range (heard it before) to a new all-electric vehicle (the moon shot). If there's any hints to be gleaned in the international Volts, there are also reports coming in that the Opel brand will get an all-electric vehicle that is cheaper than the Ampera. Read into that what you will.

We pestered GM's Kevin Kelly on the new Volt (again) and he said (again) that he couldn't give out any more detail other than what's been reported. He just told AutoblogGreen that there will be an announcement tomorrow and that it will be about the Hamtramck and Brownstown facilities and involve the Volt. So, stay tuned.


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      John Lee
      • 2 Days Ago
      AWD please!
      BipDBo
      • 2 Days Ago
      3 seatbelts in the back would be nice, but I doubt that's going to happen since it would require a redesign of the battery.
        CarNutMike
        • 2 Days Ago
        @BipDBo
        The battery is made of 3 modules. If they could get density up, they could drop the module that interferes with that all-important (to everyone but me, apparently) 5th seat. More space, less cost, less weight. They're already using more of the pack (percentage wise) on the ELR. As a former Volt leaser, the 5th seatbelt isn't the problem, overall size is. Constantly moving my seat forward to accommodate a rear seat passenger and removing the rear headrests to fold down the seats gets old eventually.
      Rotation
      • 2 Days Ago
      Saw announcement. It's framed as an investment in Detroit more than a story about Volt production. Volt and 2 other vehicles at the Hamtramck location like $0.5B in investment to make that possible.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Days Ago
      GM is losing so much money on these, they decided to do it some more.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Days Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        The "losing money on every Volt"... was debunked a long time ago. Turn off the Fox News.
      porosavuporo
      • 2 Days Ago
      Ignition switch will not literally ignite the car anymore ?
      danfred311
      • 2 Days Ago
      It's the new chevy volt. it's going to cost 110k$ because that makes it better than Tesla Model S. that's how it works. #GMspecialEd
      no1bondfan
      • 2 Days Ago
      I've never understood why the Volt technology was not ported to other cars to increase volume and spread R&D costs. For example, it seems a natural fit in a small CUV and a small (Transit-connect-size) commercial vehicle. I hope we will see that happen soon.
      gslippy
      • 2 Days Ago
      Part 1 of the announcement should be the immediate recall and destruction of all ELRs, since this product will be too expensive to support given its pathetic sales figures. Chrysler did this in 2008 with its hybrid vehicles.
      Nick From Montreal
      • 2 Days Ago
      Very simple: take the sexy ELR body panels & put them on the Volt at the same price with a 50 miles battery. Common' GM, you can do this! Common'...
      Spec
      • 2 Days Ago
      I just hope the new Chassis can be used to build an SUV, a pick-up, a mini-van, a CUV, and/or other body models that Americans like.
      • 2 Days Ago
      fu gas company's
      Aaron
      • 2 Days Ago
      Everyone, GM included, needs to step up their game in light of intense competition in the EV arena. Prices are dropping; demand is increasing; public acceptance is increasing. Not to mention the 800 pound gorilla -- Tesla's pending $40K EV. If Nissan decides to put a 150 mile range battery into the LEAF, that also puts a lot of pressure on the Volt.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Aaron
        The new Leaf is going to have a very impressive announcement too :) I am thinking different chemistry all together. But certainly a significant increase in range.
          markrogo
          • 2 Days Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Hard to imagine the Leaf getting too much more range. The car is sold as a commuter / 2nd / around-town vehicle. For that, the range nearly does the job. Increasing it will add cost. Perhaps 10-20 miles more, hard to see a lot more than that coming.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Days Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Costs have been coming down for batteries. Nissan has really ramped up production since they started. Nearly enough range.. is not nearly good enough. Remember, they have to account for capacity loss over time. And a larger pack helps with that.
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