General Motors Co. has already begun production for the extended range Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and is shipping low-emission models to California, adapted to meet the country’s strict requirements.
This week the company started to ship Volts with an additional emissions system fan, called Low Emissions Package, an additional emissions system fan to help curb tailpipe emissions and some software changes not available on Volts sold outside California. The cars will start arriving at the more than 140 participating Chevrolet dealerships in California before the end of the month.
The 2011 sales were hurt by federal investigation into fire risks in post-crash Volts, which caused a drop in sales from 10,000 planned to 7,700 sold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation last month without ordering a formal recall. GM abandoned its sales target of 45,000 for 2012, saying that it will match supply to meet demand.
“The Volts with the low emissions package are certain to be a strong draw for California commuters looking to travel the state’s notoriously congested freeways in the carpool lane,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.