About 500,000 GM vehicles "with some form of electrification" will be delivered before 2017 draws to a close, according to remarks from the automaker last week. The company expects to sell about 50,000 such vehicles by year's end. That 500,000 estimate in five years includes not only hybrids and plug-in hybrids, but models with eAssist, GM's mild-hybrid system that gives fuel economy a boost with stop-start capability, regenerative braking and an electric motor.
While initially off to a bit of a shaky start, the company says the Chevrolet Volt will play a key role in reaching those 2017 targets. Volt's lithium-ion battery pack provides for a drive range of about 38 miles on a single charge before its gasoline engine kicks in. GM estimates about 25,000 Volts will be sold by the time this year winds down.