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Volt’s Nationwide Rollout Could Stretch Into 2012

Production, dealer issues could delay process.

by on Jun.21, 2010

A prototype 2011 Chevrolet Volt wends its way through Los Angeles traffic. The official retail launch is November 2010.

Barring some unexpected delay, General Motors hopes to ship its first extended-range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, to dealers in a handful of key markets by November, but expanding availability to the rest of the country could take longer than expected, company officials warn.

Some potential buyers might not have access to a Volt until well into 2012 due to production challenges, dealer issues – and the challenge of making sure there’s a community infrastructure capable of supporting the Volt, which GM prefers to call an E-REV, rather than a plug-in hybrid.

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“The Volt is still on schedule” for a November 2010 retail launch, the program’s manager, Tony Posawatz, tells

The complex vehicle, which blends a battery drive system with a gasoline-powered generator, will see a slow ramp up in production to ensure that both GM and its suppliers get things right.  That means that the 2011 Chevy Volt will initially be offered in just three regions: California, Michigan and metro Washington, D.C.