First Volts leave Detroit
The first time I heard anything about the Volt from GM was years ago when they invited me out to the LA Auto Show in 2007. The show had some really cool cars to see and we talked a lot about the Volt and I honestly expected the thing to be in the hands of consumers for a few years at this point. Delays and the poor economy meant that the Volt is still not in the hands of consumers today.
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Those delays are no more. Chevrolet has now shipped the first batch of Volt cars from the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant this week. The first batch of cars is headed to customers in the California, Washington D.C., and New York areas. They are the first of 160 Volts that GM expects to ship to consumers this week.
The shipping of the first batch of Volts coincided with Nissan getting the first all electric Leaf EV into the hands of a real consumer this week as well. The remainder of the Leafs that have been reserved will go out later. Exactly when that later will come is unknown, but it will likely be next year for Nissan.
“Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet,” said Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director. “We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want.”
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The Volt is an extended range electric vehicle that has a gas engine that creates the electricity needed to continue driving once the battery is out of power. The Volt can drive 379 miles on a full charge and tank of gas. The Nissan Leaf is good for a bit under 100 miles on a full charge.