Chevy Volt to be Launched First in California and Select Markets
Coming in Late 2010
We already knew that the Chevy Volt PHEV would be available in limited quantities at first, but it now looks like it's also going to be available in a limited number of U.S. states. Today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, GM has announced that California ("the nation's largest new-car market") will be one of the select few where the Volt will be available, with others to be announced later.From the GM release:
Chevrolet is also partnering with three California utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as part of an extended, real-world demonstration and research program to introduce customers to electric vehicles, advance vehicle electrification and establish vehicle charging programs to pave the way for consumers. General Motors is leading the program with a grant of more than $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
These california utilities will get about 100 Volts for fleet use, and will build about 500 public charging stations. This will help GM gather real world data on how PHEVs are operated in everyday life.
Pricing for the Volt still hasn't been announced. Production starts in late 2010.