The Chevrolet Volt's electric-only range may not always reach the 40 miles that General Motors has been beating us over the head with since the car debuted in 2007, but the Volt's extended range ability remains as long as ever – provided you keep pumping in gasoline. To remind America of this once again, a caravan of six Volts will drive 3,400 miles from Seattle to Chicago this fall, with stops in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and more along the way. As with similar tours from other companies, the Volt Unplugged (how's that for some mixed messaging?) tour will feature test drives and opportunities along the way to meet some of the people who helped develop GM's special baby. Full tour details are available after the jump and if you want to schedule a test drive when the Volt comes to you, head to ChevroletVoltAge.com and look for the "Unplugged" tab.

The Volts start their drive October 9th, giving Nissan's Drive Electric Tour – in which a fleet of Leafs goes from California on its way to Nashville, TN and other places, starting October 2nd – a week's head start. Of course, the big daddy of plug-in vehicle promotional tours is the round-the-world Odyssey of Pioneers tour that the Tesla Roadster is on right now. Who's next?

[Source: Chevrolet]

PRESS RELEASE

Power to the People – Chevrolet Unplugs Volt and Hits the Road
Cross-country drive brings the Chevrolet Volt directly to consumers

2010-09-29

DETROIT -- A caravan of Chevrolet Volts will embark on a 3,400-mile, cross-country drive showcasing how easy it will be to live with the world's first electric vehicle with extended-range capability.

The tour, dubbed "Volt Unplugged," will give consumers an opportunity to test-drive the Volt, meet the people behind the development of the vehicles – Chevrolet engineers, designers and others – and participate in activities at each stop.

"The Volt Unplugged tour will give people a chance to get behind the wheel of the Volt and find out for themselves what makes this vehicle so special," said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt product and marketing director. "This drive will demonstrate the one-of-a-kind capabilities of the Volt, the only electric vehicle able to drive such long distances under a variety of driving conditions and climates without having to stop to recharge."

The tour is similar to July's "Freedom Drive," where the Volt completed a three-day 1,776-mile drive from Austin, Texas to New York City to demonstrate the Volt's extended-range capability. Stops on the Volt Unplugged tour include:

* Oct. 9 and 10 – Seattle
* Oct. 13 and 14 – San Francisco
* Oct. 16 - 18 – Los Angeles
* Oct. 20 – San Diego
* Oct. 22 and 23 – San Antonio
* Oct. 24 and 25 – Houston
* Oct. 28 and 29 – Miami
* Oct. 30 – Orlando
* Oct. 29 and 30 – Washington, D.C.
* Nov. 1 – Raleigh, N.C.
* Nov. 5 - 7 – New York City
* Nov. 18 - 20 – Chicago

Along the drive, Chevrolet representatives will reach out to local community leaders, schools and consumers to educate each group about the one-of-a-kind characteristics of the Volt and discuss the progress of the nation's electrical infrastructure. There will also be many opportunities to sit in and/or drive one of six Volts that will be on tour.

Marriott International and its Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlaces Suites hotels will serve as the hotel supplier of the Volt Unplugged Tour. Marriott has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment, building greener hotels, minimizing energy and water use, reducing impacts along its supply chain and investing in conservation projects worldwide. For customers looking to travel in style with a lighter footprint, the Volt and Marriott offer a great solution.

Fans can follow the Volt's journey and register for test-drive opportunities on the "Unplugged" tab located at ChevroletVoltAge.com, the Volt's official social network or on the Chevrolet Volt Facebook page. Participants in the tour will share updates using the Volt's many online platforms including the @ChevyVolt Twitter account, the Chevrolet Posterous page and the Chevrolet Volt Foursquare account. These platforms will feature photos, videos and text updates to keep consumers updated on the tour.

On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Volt has a driving range of hundreds of miles. Because the Volt can use gasoline to create its own electricity in extended-range mode, long trips are possible. The Volt is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas engine-generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range

The Chevrolet Volt starts production at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility this fall and will be sold in California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan and Washington D.C. Quantities will be limited. The Volt will be sold nationwide about 12-18 months after start of production.

The Volt's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is $41,000 ($33,500 net of the full federal tax credit, which ranges from $0-$7,500) including a destination freight charge of $720. GM expects to offer qualified lessees a price as low as $350/month with $2,500 down at lease signing, including security deposit based on current conditions, which could vary at time of delivery. The benefit of the $7,500 tax credit is included in the reduced lease payment, with the tax credit going to the lessor. The lease term is 36 months with 12,000 miles per year.

About Chevrolet: Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including the Cruze Eco and Volt, both arriving in late 2010. Cruze Eco will offer up to 40 mpg highway while the Chevrolet Volt will offer 25-50 miles of electric, gas-free driving and up to 350 miles total driving range (based on GM testing; official EPA estimates not yet available). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com or join the conversation at www.chevroletvoltage.com
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