As Chevrolet releases these new teaser images of its 2010 Volt electric family car, Autocar has learned that parent company General Motors is deep in talks with the UK Government over plans to build European versions of the Volt in Britain.
The underused Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside is believed to be the front-running European factory for Volt production. The plant currently produces the Astra, but volumes were scaled back last year.
Carl-Peter Forster, GM’s European boss, has gone on record as saying his company is “seriously considering” bringing Volt production to Britain, and he met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the British Motor show last month, where the future of Ellesmere Port was discussed.
The Government has also recently announced plans to introduce electric car infrastructure - including roadside recharging points - and has committed £90 million to backing electric car and hybrid projects.
Brown wants Britain to adopt low-emission alternative fuel cars on a larger scale by 2020. He told the FT that the rising price of oil presented "a once in a generation opportunity… for technological innovation.”