By the fourth quarter of 2011, the Chevrolet Volt will already be available in all 50 states. General Motors Co. is accelerating plans to launch the plug-in hybrid, according to a statement by Rick Scheidt, Chevy vice president of U.S. marketing. The initial plan had been for Chevy to have deliveries only in select markets this year, including California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Michigan. Deliveries have started last December.
In the second quarter, customers nationwide can begin to order Volts through dealers. And in the third quarter, deliveries will start in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.
Scheidt said that this is the “right thing to do” for both its customers and its dealers who have already started to notice the increase of traffic in their showrooms.
GM CEO Dan Akerson has been aiming to raise car production and to extend the technology to its other models. He described the Volt as a technological breakthrough that enhances GM's reputation for innovation. Recently, Akerson said that GM would boost Volt production this year to 25,000 units. GM had originally planned to produce only 10,000 units in 2011.
The new 2011 Volt electric vehicle, which was launched by Chevrolet, boasts of an extensive range, starting a totally new sector in the international automotive market. Featuring five doors and four passenger seats, the Volt is designed to give the advantages of an electric vehicle with no range restrictions that are usually associated with similar electric vehicles.
According to GM North America president Mark Reuss, if you can only own one car, this would be the Chevrolet Volt. It has a lot to offer, including an innovative propulsion system, industry-leading protection, progressive styling, user-friendly technologies, first-class amenities as well as lively driving dynamics.
After designing, manufacturing and building the Chevy Volt, it is expected to reach customers in about 29 months. Before 2010 ends, it will be on sale at Chevrolet dealers. This vehicle is available in a fully-equipped standard trim level and two optional packages: the Premium Trim Package as well as a Rear Camera plus Park Assist Package.
Chevy Volt is no hybrid but it is a unique, totally electrical driven vehicle, created to work in any climate. It is power-driven by GM’s ground-breaking Voltec propulsion system and includes a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack plus an electric drive unit that delivers pure electric range in between 25 and 50 miles, after considering the temperature, terrain and driving techniques.
A 1.4L engine that runs on gasoline stretches the range to an extra 310 miles on a full fuel tank by using the vehicle’s electrical system until the time that the car can be refueled or recharged. This sets the Volt apart from other vehicles that only use electric but cannot be operated if recharging is not available at once like during a long distance trip or while experiencing a power interruption.