General Motors believes the second time will be the charm for its struggling Chevy Volt.
The newest version of the range-extended electric vehicle will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
"When it launches in the second half of 2015, it will represent a significant leap forward in technology, design and overall refinement," GM CEO Mary Barra said in announcing the new Volt at the Detroit Economic Club. "It will store more energy in its battery pack with fewer cells, yet go further on a charge."
Despite lackluster sales and numerous questions about the public's appetite for electric vehicles, the company is not backing down from its commitment to the Chevy Volt. In fact, America's largest automaker plans to build the electric drive unit for the second generation of the range-extended electric car at the company's transmission plant in Warren, Michigan.
The decision to build the Volt electric drive unit at Warren is not a surprise since much of the major assembly work on the Volt has taken place at GM plants in southeast Michigan.
"Our investments in the Chevy Volt and Michigan signify our commitment to lead the industry in technology and innovation," Barra said.