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Buyers in the New York metropolitan area and Austin, Texas have now been added to those that will have first crack at the Chevrolet Volt when it goes on sale late this year. Austin and New York City will be first with the rest of New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas joining Michigan, Washington DC and California in early 2011.

General Motors is focusing initial availability on regions that it feels are best prepared to deal with a plug-in vehicle in order to show off the Volt's capabilities with maximum effect. Since initial volumes will be limited, an immediate national roll-out would likely find dealers with few cars to sell.

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Chevrolet will conduct a 1,776 "freedom drive" with the Volt meant to demonstrate its all-purpose capability. Unlike the Tesla Roadster that took three weeks to drive from Los Angeles to Detroit early this year, the Volt drive will only take four days starting today.


  • 11/29/09 7:17:39 -- Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A Vehicle Chief Engineer Andrew Farah and the new Chevy Volt during the Dodger Stadium ride and drive.

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PRESS RELEASE

Chevrolet Volt Adds Four States To Launch

* Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut join California, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.
* Chevrolet Volt can handle a full range of climates and driving conditions

AUSTIN – Chevrolet is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt, Ed Whitacre, General Motors chairman and CEO, announced today. Whitacre said the company is expanding the initial launch of the groundbreaking electric vehicle in response to intense interest in the Volt from customers across the country.

Today's announcement brings the initial Volt retail markets to seven, including California, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011.

"We can add markets as diverse as Texas and New York because the Chevrolet Volt can handle both urban commuting and longer trips, in Austin summers and Manhattan winters," Whitacre said. "The Volt can be your primary vehicle, giving you the freedom to drive gas-free without the stress of planning every trip around the battery's charge level."

The Volt is the only electric vehicle that can operate under a full range of climates and driving conditions without limitations or driver concern of being stranded by a depleted battery.

"Chevrolet is extending the Volt launch to additional states because of strong customer interest and our confidence in all aspects of the vehicle and battery," said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt marketing director.

The Chevrolet Volt is capable of about 340 miles total driving range, with electricity driving the car at all times. For trips as long as 40 miles, the Volt gets its power solely from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, an engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range to about 300 miles on a full tank of gas.

According to a U.S. Department of Transportation survey, the average driver in America commutes less than 40 miles per day, meaning Chevrolet Volt owners may never use gasoline or produce tailpipe emissions in everyday driving.

A portable 120-volt vehicle charge cord that can recharge the Volt using a standard residential outlet comes standard with every car. Volt's intelligent charging technology enables the Volt to be charged from a standard 120-volt outlet in about nine to 10 hours, or from a standard 240-volt outlet in about three to four hours. The first buyers of the Volt also may be eligible for one of 4,400 free 240-volt home charging stations from ECOtality, Inc. or Coulomb Technologies, under a program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Whitacre also announced that Chevrolet will add five Texas electric utilities and five Northeast utilities to a Department of Energy development and demonstration program that provides Volts and charging stations to key utilities. The program allows the utilities to study charging station installation process, vehicle charging, and customer feedback. The Texas utilities include: Austin Energy, CenterPoint Energy, CPS Energy, Oncor, and American Electric Power. In the Northeast, Chevrolet is partnering with Con Edison, New York Power Authority, Northeast Utilities, National Grid, and Public Service Electric and Gas.

Volt production begins late this year at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility. Pricing has not been announced.

Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" To Celebrate Newest Launch Markets

* Chevrolet VoltAge

* Chevrolet Volt making a four-day, 1,776 mile trek from Austin to New York City
* Chevrolet is using social media to allow fans to connect with the Volt team throughout the drive via the following sites:

o Chevrolet Volt on Facebook
o @ChevyVolt on Twitter
o Chevrolet on Posterous
o ChevroletVoltAge.com

AUSTIN – To celebrate Chevrolet adding Texas, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt, this unique electric vehicle with extended range capability will be driven 1,776 miles from Austin to New York, while passengers post real-time updates along the way.

The drive will demonstrate the unique capabilities of the Volt, the only electric vehicle that can operate under a full range of driving conditions and climates without limitations or driver concerns of being stranded by a depleted battery.

"This drive is a demonstration of the freedom the Volt will provide customers – freedom to drive where you want, when you want," said Tony DiSalle, director of product marketing for Chevrolet Volt. "Whether you are driving 50 miles or 1,750 miles, the Volt is the only electric vehicle that can be a family's primary car."

Fans can follow the Volt's journey on Chevrolet's various social media properties, including the Chevrolet Volt Facebook, the @ChevyVolt Twitter account, the Chevrolet Posterous page, and the ChevroletVoltAge.com page, where viewers will find photos, videos and text updates on the Volt's location and performance. The team will be using the hashtag #VoltDrive during the event.


Over the course of the four days, the Volt will stop in Little Rock, AR on July 1; Nashville, TN and Roanoke, VA on July 2; Washington, D.C. and Frederick, MD on July 3; Philadelphia, PA and finally, New York City on July 4.

The "Freedom Drive" will demonstrate Chevrolet Volt's unique capability of driving approximately 40 miles as a pure electric vehicle, with a total driving range of 340 miles, with electricity powering the car at all times and speeds. For trips of up to 40 miles, the Volt gets it power solely from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a sophisticated engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range to about 300 miles on a full tank of gas.

According to AAA, the Volt will join approximately 34.9 million travelers crossing the country to celebrate the 2010 Fourth of July holiday. AAA predicts that automobile travel will continue to be the dominant mode of transportation, with travelers taking trips at least 50 miles away from home.

The company is accelerating the national launch of the revolutionary electric vehicle in response to intense interest in the Volt from customers across the country. Today's announcement brings the initial Volt retail markets to seven, including California, Washington D.C. and Michigan. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. Chevrolet dealers in the balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011.

Volt production begins late this year at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility. Pricing has not been announced.

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