The range extender technology from the Chevrolet Volt will feature in an MPV within the next few years, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
Akerson also said he expects Volt production to exceed 25,000 units this year, up from an original estimate of 10,000.
He said he had been “pleased and surprised” by initial demand for the Volt which comes to Europe as the Opel Ampera later this year and as the Vauxhall Ampera early in 2012.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Akerson added that he expects at least 10 per cent of GM cars and trucks to be hybrids, plug-in hybrids or electrics within 10 to 15 years.
GM had been rumored to show off the Volt MPV5 concept in Detroit; a car that first debuted at the Beijing Auto Show last year. Based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Orlando, the MPV5 concept shows how the Volt’s powertrain can be adapted to a more family-friendly platform.