The first cars off the line will be heading to California, late next year, when General Motors begins production of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
Other markets will follow in a planned nationwide roll-out, the automaker will announce, later today, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
“It is natural that California is the lead market for Volt. Not only is it the largest automotive market, Californians are known to be leaders in adopting groundbreaking new technologies,” said Brent Dewar, GM vice president, Global Chevrolet Brand.
There’s yet another reason why Volt will premier in the Golden State and not, say, Michigan or even New York. The plug-in – GM actually prefers the term, “Extended-Range Electric Vehicle,” or E-REV – uses new lithium-ion batteries, a technology particularly sensitive to temperature variations.