Chevrolet announced this morning that the Washington D.C. area will be an initial launch market for the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. The nation’s political capital and its suburbs join California and Michigan as the initial retail markets where Chevrolet will sell the Volt to consumers, later this year.
Chevrolet also announced a development and demonstration program with D.C.-area utilities Pepco and Dominion to introduce customers to electric vehicles and establish vehicle-charging programs.
The company claimed in a statement that concentrating Volt sales in these three markets allows Chevrolet to concentrate on customer satisfaction. There are also geographical considerations, and the range of an electric vehicle can vary considerable by climate, topography and customer driving styles.
Chevrolet also said that “progressive” local and state government leaders and utility partners are crucial in bringing electric vehicles to market.”
Translation: Government Motors is staying close to the politicians who are underwriting it.