• Jul 1, 2010
2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

Following the announcement today that Chevrolet is expanding the list of regions that will get initial access to the 2011 Volt, marketing director Tony DiSalle will be taking questions about the retail plans for the ER-EV. It's unlikely that that DiSalle will be announcing the price yet, but he may answer questions about why availability is limited and when everyone will have access.

Along with this weekend's Freedom Drive from Austin, TX to New York City, Chevrolet is clearly trying to grab back some of the thunder that has been captured by the Nissan Leaf in recent months. Chevrolet will be emphasizing that the Volt is an EV without range limits (at least if you fill the tank with gas). First year sales volumes for both cars are likely to be similar at about 10,000-12,000 units. You can submit your questions to DiSalle right after the jump and then watch for the answers.



[Source: GM]




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      • 10 Hours Ago
      with the hatch open, it looks a lot like the honda crosstour.
      • 10 Hours Ago
      "both cars are likely to be similar at about 10,000-12,000 units"

      Actually, the LEAF is scheduled to deliver 14,000 units in the US by the end of Nissan's FY2010 (which ends next March), as part of an initial 20,000 produced. Throughout the 2011 Calendar year, Nissan expects to sell out its 50,000 unit capacity from the LEAF's first Japanese plant. GM plans manufacture 10,000 units by the end of 2011 (which does not mean the cars have been delivered). In 2012, Nissan's TN plant starts production of 150,000 units (as part of the 550,000 global production capacity). GM plans to produce 30,000 in the 2012 calendar year.

      Some things of note from the "chat"- they plan to deliver cars to all their major dealers (which comes out of the total manufactured), which should make it a useful halo vehicle to generate dealer traffic.

      GM is placing a lot of emphasis on "range anxiety" and are using very carefully crafted wording around the additional range from burning gasoline (where their car does not get the best gas mileage). Hopefully, GM doesn't resort to a FUD campaign to try to build public fears and distrust of pure electric vehicles. Also, as GM intends on having most Volts slow-charging at 110v and do not even offer a Level III option, I hope they do not try to get in the way of charging infrastructure growth.
      • 10 Hours Ago
      "Along with this weekend's Freedom Drive from Austin, TX to New York City"

      Dang I missed it.

      Q. How much Saudi Oil will be needed to do that Freedom Drive from Austin, TX to New York City ?
        • 10 Hours Ago
        Exactly...

        It seems that whenever an automaker wants to show off a car in a publicity stunt... they feel the need to drive VERY long distances.

        This is probably an offshoot of the good 'ol days when people didn't think mechanical inventions such as the automobile were durable enough to withstand such an arduous trek.

        "Look, this car can travel a great distance, this is the American Spirit." Like Manifest Destiny. We think we need to spread out more.

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        For EVs (or PHEVs) a "Freedom Drive" from Austin, TX to New York City is the WORST thing to represent freedom from foreign sources of energy. The exact opposite.

        A true "Freedom Drive" would be driving around town for a few weeks and charging the car on domestic power every 40 miles.