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Four More Markets Plugged Into Volt Launch Plans

New York, Austin battery fans getting access to plug-in hybrid.

by on Jul.01, 2010 Publisher Paul A. Eisenstein test-drives a Volt prototype.

(This story has been revised from the original. A full update will be posted on later today.)

As it nears the public launch of the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors has decided to add four more states to the initial three where the plug-in hybrid will first be made available.

Buyers in the greater metro New York area, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as those in Texas, will now get first crack at the Chevy Volt when it first rolls off the line, this coming November.  GM had originally planned to limit initial availability to three markets: California, M

Meanwhile, GM is planning a nearly 1800-mile “Freedom Drive,” from Austin to New York City, to promote the Chevy Volt debut.

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In contrast to a traditional automotive roll-out, the rest of the U.S. and Canada will still have to wait for Volt distribution to slowly expand as production increases and the maker gets the necessary infrastructure in place.  Though original plans had called for Volt to be offered across the continent by the end of 2011, GM officials last month confirmed the full launch will likely stretch on into 2012.