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GM remains ‘excited’ for electric cars

On display at North American Intl Auto Show

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jan 2013, 6:23 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 17 Jan 2013, 2:02 PM EST

By Joe LaFurgey

DETROIT (WOOD) – As the Chevy Volt continues to travel a bumpy road, GM engineers involved with the Volt and other electric vehicle programs are passionate and adamant that these are the cars of the future.

“We personally believe that electrification has its place in the automotive business or we would not be doing the kinds of things we’re doing,” said Chuck Russell, the chief engineer for the Volt and Chevy Spark.

The latest federal funding of $120 million is set aside for what’s described as a Manhattan Project to develop a system that will improve storage and make the batteries cheaper, which will make cars like the Volt more affordable.

That money is on top of the $1.3 billion the federal government invested in battery production, a portion of which went to the LG Chem plant in Holland to produce batteries for the Volt.

A Target 8 investigation in October revealed workers at LG Chem spent their days watching moves, playing cards or volunteering in the community. The batteries Chevrolet does put into Volts come from an LG Chem plant in their home country of South Korea.

Some blame the lower-than-projected sales of Volts as one reason.

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 24 Hour News 8 asked Russell when Chevy will sell enough Volts for LG Chem to put workers on the production floor in Holland.


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