Speaking with Bloomberg’s Arthur Levitt, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson explained a desire for more electric range from the next-generation Volt.
For all its foibles, the Chevrolet Volt is truly a great car to drive, electrification aside. However, the battery pack can only give you approximately 60 km of all-electric range on the best of days (in winter conditions, it drops down to about 50 km).
Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, wants that to change on the next-generation Volt, due in 3-4 years.
Speaking with Arthur Levitt on Bloomberg Radio’s “A Closer Look With Arthur Levitt,” Akerson states, “The next generation we hope to extend (the range) significantly.”
When asked what significantly means, Akerson clarified, “For something to be significant, to me, I’ve got to get at least a 20% improvement on performance. If we can get it up to 50 or 60 miles or more, we will. But, that’s going to be another 3 to 4 years out.”
Another topic brought up during the interview was the on-going price war amongst electric cars going into the 2014 model year. Pricing for the Volt, which has taken a $5000 drop in the US, is due mainly in part to cost savings on batteries, Akerson explained. Though, to say it is purely down to cost savings is far fetched.
Listen to the interview below if you would like to get the comments word-for-word.