Volt will go on sale in China in second half of 2011 - GM doesn't expect large volumes but it working with its local partner SAIC Motor Corp. to introduced more battery-powered cars into the Chinese market.

Chevrolet will be bringing the Volt to China, GM has announced.

The Detroit-based automaker said it will introduce the plug-in hybrid/electric Volt into the Chinese market in the second half of 2011.

GM says it doesn't expect to sell too many Volts at first but is working with its local partner in China, SAIC Motor Corp. to develop more battery-powered cars for the market. China is now the world's largest importer of oil and is looking to cut its dependence on it as well as lower its CO2 emissions.

The automaker did not announce what the Volt would cost in the Chinese market. The Volt will sell for $41,000, excluding tax credits, in the United States when it goes on sale there in November. The Volt is built at a GM plant in Detroit.

"The volumes in China won't be large," said Kevin Wale, GM's president for the Chinese market. According to Wale, some Chinese consumers are not "environmentally conscious."