Here's some new our friend Lyle Dennis at GM-Volt will be glad to hear. At the New York Auto Show this week, Chevrolet will announce that Con Edison, the utility that serves the New York metropolitan area will be one of the partners for Volt demonstration program. The field test to be funded with $30 million from last years stimulus act will include over 100 Volts and 10 utilities across the country.
The test program will install 500 charging stations at residences, business and public locations so that people can drive the Volts, and plug in whenever possible to gauge performance in real world conditions. California, Michigan and Washington DC have previously been named as early markets for the Volt.
According to Chevrolet spokesman David Darovitz, delivery times for the test cars will vary depending on when the utility partners are ready. The first cars are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of this year just ahead of the formal production launch in November.