Suggested production of the Volt at Merseyside’s Elsmere Port production facility was raised at a meeting between president of GM Europe Carl Peter-Forster and UK prime minister Gordon Brown at the British Motor show in July.
The car maker stopped development of the electric car in the 1990s, earning it a poor environmental reputation. But this is likely to be reversed with the announcement of plans to build the world’s largest rooftop solar power station at its Zaragoza factory in Spain.
The $78.5m investment in 183,000 square metres of panels will provide the equivalent of about a quarter of the factory’s power needs at peak times. GM is likely to follow the investment with a similar project in its St Petersburg factory and might expand the scheme to 18 other sites across Europe.