GM has Finally Begun Production of Battery Packs for Chevrolet Volt
Three years after unveiling the Chevrolet Volt concept car, General Motors has started building the battery packs that will power the range-extended electric car. The first of the thousands of 16-kilowatt/hour lithium-ion battery packs rolled off the assembly line today. The packs, which use more than 200 cells apiece, are being assembled in Detroit, making GM the first automaker to make lithium-ion packs in the United States. The first packs are being built to make sure the manufacturing equipment is set up correctly. Once finished, they’ll be used for testing. Production of packs for cars we’ll see in showrooms will begin this spring. The Volt is planned to be ready for sale by the end of the year, and may cost less than the $40,000 expected price.