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General Motors may build as many as 60,000 Volt electric cars for their inaugural year on the market.
Production at that level may allow GM to sell the plug-in Volt for less than $30,000.
"If they were able to get 30,000 to 60,000 on the road in a year, it would be a huge leap in technology," said Brett Smith, an alternative-fuel analyst at the Center for Automotive Research.
The Volt is charged at a household outlet and uses an on-board engine to generate electricity when the battery runs down during travel. The engine, powered by gasoline, diesel or a hydrogen fuel cell, only recharges the battery and doesn't drive the wheels.