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Published on February 7th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, Opel Ampera Production — CNN Video Takes An Inside Look

Originally published on EV Obsession.

CNN recently took a look at how the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Opel Ampera are made. It’s a rather short video, but hey, it’s an inside look with a few interesting notes. Check it out:

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  • Jim Seko

    The three best selling plugin cars in the USA are all built in the USA. Tesla Model S: California, Chevy Volt: Michigan, Nissan Leaf: Tennessee.

    • Ross

      The Nissan Leaf is built in the UK for the European market.

      • Ronald Brakels

        Yes, the United Kingdom offered Nissan a great deal and they are able to do final assembly in the UK at a lower cost than in Japan despite Japan suffering over two decades of economic stagnation. Way to go, mother country! U.s.K.! U.s.K.! U.s.K.!

        • Ross

          They have a battery factory also if I’m remembering correctly.

          • Ronald Brakels

            A lot of batteries are manufactured in the UK including lithium ones, so while I don’t know if they are making any car battery packs at the moment, they certainly have what it takes to produce them.

          • Ronald Brakels

            I was just looking up battery manufacturing in the UK and in the process I came across a Chinese company that showed a picture of their wonderfully clean and modern looking manufacturing facility on their web page. The reason the factory looks so clean and modern is because it’s actually a picture of a model with hills placed in the background. So if your electric scooter doesn’t work and you open up the battery compartment and see that there’s just a small model of a battery in there, you’ll know which company is responsible.

  • Ross

    Surprised to hear that the Opel Ampera isn’t built in Europe. Might explain why it’s so expensive compared to the Nissan Leaf.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, I was too. & think you’re right.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Any car needs huge sales figures to merit more than one assembly line and the Volt isn’t up there yet and since the Opel Ampera is basically the same car as a Volt it is made on the same line. The Australian Holden Volt is also made on the same line and maybe they get the left handed workers to build them since the steering wheel is on the other side. They also say they’ve made numerous improvements to make it more suitable for Australian conditions, so maybe they’ve made it less likely to melt in the heat and improved its kangaroo resistance.

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