Rendered Speculation: EuroVolt (Ampera) is Go!
Earth2Tech, Earth2Tech. Come in, Tech. You may be wondering if green websites like Earth2Tech are anxious about the possibility that GM (and/or its new masters) will kill the electric/gas hybrid Chevrolet Volt. You may recall that the Presidential Task Force on Autos (PTFOA) tore the Volt a new exhaust pipe in its original GM viability slam down. And it seems like there’s a bit of a C11 thing happening over at RenCen. Anyway, to their credit, Earth2Tech’s Volt-related concerns are global. So they emailed GM for reassurance on the European Volt program. And, by jove, they got it! “The Ampera is being developed in the U.S., and GM remains firm on its plans to bring the Ampera to the EU,” blogger Josie Garthwaite reports. And now, from the horses mouth: “‘We don’t expect any disruptions to our plans,’ GM spokeswoman Natalie Johnson told us in an email today. Neither does the Opel team. Communications director Rene Kreis reiterated that Ampera production is on schedule to begin in late 2011.” Good to go is one thing. But no disruptions? Props for maximum chillaxitude. Alternatively, brickbats for the usual spinmeisterly BS. Your call.