Ah, the GM "Short Circuit" and its birthing problems.
General Motors push to release Volt early hits snag
Drivers may not get hands on it until fall
General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre's push to put the Chevrolet
Volt extended-range electric car in customer hands prior to the November
launch is running into hurdles, the Free Press has learned.
After adding CEO to his title in December, Whitacre quickly talked about
the possibility of bringing the car out earlier than expected in a
But as executives hustled to implement the idea, they've run into
challenges that are complicating that push, several people familiar with
the situation said.
The idea has "a number of problems, and the car isn't one of them," one
of those people said.
GM insiders are concerned that Volts sold before the official launch
could require tweaks and changes that are routine as a vehicle prepares
for an official rollout, but could be misunderstood if the car is
released too early.
That could result in public relations problems for the post-bankruptcy
company, which aims to use the Volt to bolster its image as a
reinvigorated automaker that is environmentally friendly and
Not wanting to chance it, some executives are now leaning against
putting the Volt into the hands of consumers prior to the official
launch. "There's a lot of hard work that needs to be done between now
and November, but the team remains on target to deliver," said Rob
Peterson, a GM spokesman.