GM invested roughly $2 Billon dollars into the development of the Volt/Ampera. A normal car program costs about $1 Billon to develop. We won't know how much per car untill Gen 1 finishes it's production. And even then we don't know how much of that development cost will be rolled into future versions and other Voltec vehicles.It is very difficult to tell if GM is profitable with this venture, and even more difficult to tell if it will continue supporting its Voltec program. We have all heard R&D costs put the Volt at $250,000 cost (which frankly I find BS). I know sales have increaed and the Prius started slowly in its rollout; I just wish we'd hear something from GM about plans to continue investing in the vehcile. GM is very silent.
I keep seeing that number thrown around too. Even if it were true at one point, the logic of that is flawed because the number will decrease with each additional Volt that is sold, since you have to divide the development cost by the total number sold, which changes every day. Not only that, but if the drive train is to be used in future vehicles then you have to continue to divide that number for many years or decades into the future.We have all heard R&D costs put the Volt at $250,000 cost (which frankly I find BS)