General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its Volt electric car, the company announced Friday.
GM, which is based in Detroit, announced to employees at one of its facilities that it was halting production of the beleaguered electric car for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees.
A GM spokesman told The Hill Friday production of the Volt would resume on April 23.
I’m not sure why the makers of these beleaguered electric cars can’t follow the model of the Toyota Prius. Make affordable hybrids until battery technology becomes durable enough and cheap enough for average consumers. I’ve owned four Priuses — yes, four — and I will probably buy another one when the economy improves (I don’t own any right now, but that’s a long story). They were the greatest cars I’ve ever owned and driven. Note to Chevy, Nissan and Tesla: copy that.