20,000 people express email interest in buying a Chevy Volt

According to Dr. Lyle Dennis, the founder of the GM-Volt.com fan site, over 20,000 people are on the " Chevy Volt Waiting List." For comparison, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV online petition currently has just 1,350 signatures calling on the Japanese company to sell the electric jellybean here in the U.S.

The Volt waiting list, though, isn't a declaration of an intent to buy or a place to put down a deposit. Instead, it's a grassroots way to let GM know that you're interested in buying the Volt when it comes out in late 2010. Still, I don't doubt that many - most, probably - of the people signed up would gladly fork over the money ( $40,000? $35,000?) for the car. Wanna add your name to the list? Sign up here. More details after the jump.

Press Release:

GM-Volt.com: 20,000 on Chevy Volt Waiting List

Published 05/05/2008 - 9:02 a.m. GMT

Over 20,000 people have expressed their interest in purchasing GM's electric car, the Chevy Volt when it arrives in 2010. They have all signed up on the grass-roots waiting list managed by the Volts' leading enthusiast website GM-Volt.com.

The Chevy Volt concept was first unveiled by General Motors in January 2007. It is a sleek and sporty 4-passenger car than can drive for up to 40 miles on pure electricity, powered by a 160 hp electric motor. Beyond that distance, the car uses an on-board back-up gasoline generator which will keep the batteries charged for a total range of about 400 miles.

GM-Volt.com was created in response to GM's initial announcement to concentrate public opinion on the Volt's development and to help ensure the concept didn't die.

The site's founder is Dr. Lyle Dennis, a New York area neurologist who advocates the country shifting from petroleum use.

"The public support for this car is remarkable. People are signing up on our waiting list and an ever-increasing pace. In just 3 months we went from 10,000 to 20,000 members. And the car is still two and a half years from production," says Dr. Dennis, "it is my sincere hope that this waiting list will turn into an official list through my continuing work with GM and the very strong public initiative."

Dennis also organized the first ever Volt Nation event in New York City in March 2008 at which over 300 enthusiasts attended and had the chance to meet and interact with the Volt engineering and executive team

[Source: Press Media Wire / GM-Volt.com]

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