Chevy Volt to Debut in California

Dec 2 2009 | 8:46am ET

Chevrolet will debut its Volt electric vehicle late next year in California – the nation’s largest new-car market. The automaker announced the decision this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Chevrolet is also partnering with three California utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in a 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.

Volt production is scheduled to begin in late 2010. Pricing has not been announced.

As part of the research and demonstration program, Chevrolet will deliver more than 100 Volts to program participants to use in their fleets for two years. Chevrolet will also utilize OnStar telematics technology to collect vehicle performance data and driver feedback that will be reported to the DOE and used to improve customers’ experiences with the new technology.

The Chevrolet Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery.

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