• Aug 31st 2010 at 4:51PM
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Translogic has confirmed that the much-anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Volt will begin production on November 11, 2010. The official start of production (sometimes known as "Job 1" in the auto industry) finally gives consumers and dealers a clear indication of when they'll get their hands on the vehicle. People familiar with the Volt's launch activities confirmed the November date, citing the company's plans to bring forth a major media effort that may or may not line up with the company's planned IPO. According to company insiders, the start of Volt production and the company's Wall Street re-debut would be a powerful duo. Perhaps coincidentally, November 11 is also Veterans Day in the U.S.

Though the official start of Volt production has been officially slated for November 11, Chevrolet dealers receiving the car in California, Michigan and Washington D.C. won't learn how many Volts they'll get their hands on until November 17, the date the official dealer allocations are posted online.

The American automaker has poured copious resources into the development and marketing of the not-quite-electric, not-quite-hybrid green machine. Fresh out of bankruptcy and on the verge of a much-hyped IPO, the Volt has some very high expectations to meet in order for Chevrolet and GM to gain credibility as the leader in the burgeoning EV market.

Expecting favorable consumer response to the car, GM plans to build 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011 calendar year, with another 30,000 in 2012. That means the Hamtramck plant will produce an average of about 24 Volts per day until the end of next year.

Will it be a success? It's almost certainly too soon to tell. But you can try to decide for yourself by checking out Translogic's exclusive test drive of the 2011 Volt, which should give you a good taste of what's to come on November 11.

Click the image below to watch our Chevy Volt test drive video:

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevy Volt, price to expenser for a risk in new thechnology
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2011 Chevrolet Volt makes its debut as General Motors' first plug-in gas/electric vehicle.Among the available features are a remote-charging and vehicle-control program that owners can download and run from Blackberry and Apple iPhone cell phones. If you are on a tight budget and looking to save some money on gas then you probably will not Rush out and buy the first few years modelof this car, that is to assume there will be more years then a couple.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the Volt is not really using any (much?) new technology, just putting some current technologies to use in a new way. As for price, it is priced for early adopters, not mass-market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We’ve driven the pre-production Chevrolet Volt, and although our experience wasn’t sufficient for a full-size road test, the Chevrolet Volt came out as a much better vehicle than what we were expecting, and an irrefutable engineering coup for GM.
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