Volt Birth Watch 68: Is 2020 the New 2010?
In a maximum interview with Auto Motor und Sport, GM Car Czar Bob Lutz tells us to expect 1m annual production of E-Flex EVs in 2020. Meanwhile, we can expect "no more than" 10k Volts by 2012. (For reference, it took Toyota ten years to sell one million Priora, and that they won't hit 1m annually until (you guessed it) 2010. As in the year the Volt comes out.) Lutz also confirms that though Opel-branded E-Flex-mobiles may be forthcoming, the Volt will be a world model to be sold in left and right-hand drive markets. Interestingly, Lutz says he
can't remember has never seen anything like the current downturn in the U.S. auto market. Never mind. "Not only will we survive," Lutz barks. "We'll be stronger and more competitive than before." After all, they'll be launching a world-beating plug-in electric – gas hybrid, double annual capacity of it every year and (presumably) turning a profit on it.