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Initial Chevy Volt Production to Triple in 2012

Maker reveals dealer plans, other details for upcoming debut.

by on Jul.01, 2010

Not quite coast-to-coast. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt launch will kick off with a 1,766-mile drive from Austin to Detroit, while seven states will now be part of the E-REV's launch.

General Motors expects to produce only about 10,000 of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids by the end of 2011, as it ramps up operations, expands distribution and trains dealers and service technicians, but the maker says it will triple output to 30,000 of the so-called Extended-Range Electric Vehicles, or E-REVs, in 2012.

General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre returned to his home state of Texas, today, to kick off the start of the Volt “Freedom Drive,” a 1,766-mile demonstration trip that will take a Chevy Volt from Austin to New York City.  Those two cities anchor two other regions of the country that GM has decided to add to its list of launch sites when Volt makes its formal entrance into the retail market in November.

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In all, the automaker plans to start with sales in six states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Michigan and Texas – and Washington, D.C.  Confirming an earlier report in, GM officials also confirmed that a full roll-out of the Volt to all 50 states and Canada could take a little longer than originally planned.

The current goal is to complete that process “within 12 to 18 months,” which could push the end date back into 2012, acknowledged Doug Wernert, the Chevrolet VoltAge Community Manager.


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.