Monday, January 25, 2010

Chevrolet Volt Coming to Washington D.C., California & Michigan

Greater Washington D.C., California and Michigan will be the initial retail markets where Chevrolet will sell the Volt electric vehicle with extended range to consumers. Chevrolet will deliver more than 100 Volts to several utilities across the U.S. – including Pepco and Dominion, which serve Washington D.C. and its suburbs – as part of an extended demonstration program. The overall program includes 500 charging stations that will be installed for residential, business and public use. They will be used to learn more about the installation process, vehicle charging and to gauge customer feedback.

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt's lithium-ion battery is depleted, an engine/generator operates to extend the driving range if there is no access to an electrical outlet to recharge the battery.

The Chevrolet Volt has already logged more than a quarter-million test miles on pre-production vehicles, some of which are in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Volt production begins later this year, and pricing has not been announced.