If you want a Chevy Volt this summer, you will have to fight other customers for the measly stock of 200 vehicles available nationwide while GM idles its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. But there is a reward for the patient – at the end of August, GM will have finished upgrading the plant to create its new 2012 line of Chevy Volts, and it plans to produce a much heftier number of the range-extended EVs: 16,000 by year’s end.

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The Volt is also getting better. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is being upgraded to offer more features on the 2012 Volt, plus a less expensive version of the car with fewer options. The 149-horsepower car will start at $39,995, but with the federal  tax credit, the Volt can cost as little as $32,495. Will you be lining up to buy a Volt in August? Let us know in comments.

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Via Auto Evolution