Rumors of GM offering the Volt stripped of a powertrain and ready for a pure electric conversion is food for thought.
The gist is that GM is fighting an uphill battle by putting all of its eggs in the Volt basket. While the car is great on paper, GM still faces the same problems most other companies, that of making profits on a new technology. To make tings worse, GM has a less diversified car offering than others. It stands to lose more if the Volt does not sell. New technologies are notorious for yielding no profits until the second and third generations come out. So could selling the Volt shell, stripped of batteries, electric motor and the internal combustion engine, ICE save the Volt?
GM’s Plan. If GM is serious about selling the empty shell of a Volt, it would be a bold move. When GM’s Dave Barthmuss hinted that GM is considering selling its Volt gliders stripped of its powertrain, the question that begs to be asked is: Is it out of despair or brilliant market move?
Selling Volt shells to would-be EV converters sounds like a great idea but how feasible is it? It would need a strong network of conversion ships who would be very familiar with the Volt, and why not, trained by GM. They would offer different battery packs, controllers and electric motors. In this case, GM could even rebrand the Volt to Volt UnLimited, or something to that effect.
Our personal take? We like the idea although it needs to be developed. GM could stand to gain a lot from doing this. It would be seen as a serious “green” vehicle platform designer and also a company that furthers the advance of the electric drive by opening it to a wider community than it can contain in its closed walls. It would be close to the idea of Open Source. If well put together, this would a boon for GM.