Local Volt Dealers Ready For Electric Car Rollout 7-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Local Volt Dealers Ready For Electric Car Rollout 7-08-2010

The long-awaited Chevrolet Volt electric car is expected to reach showroom floors by the end of this year and local dealers are ready for sales to be hot.
The Volt can be charged in a conventional outlet and is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity. When its lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine kicks in to extend its driving range to more than 300 miles without refueling.
GM's combined Volt-related investment in Michigan totals $700 million at eight facilities, including new engine plant at Flint Engine South that will build engines for the Volt.
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GM expects the Volt to sell briskly from the start, Tony DiSalle, the car's marketing director, recently said.
"We understand that we'll be short early, but we'll continue to market the car," he said.
The automaker plans to produce 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011 calendar year and an additional 30,000 in 2012.
Volts will be sold first in California, Washington, Austin and the New York City metropolitan area, DiSalle said. They'll arrive in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut and the rest of Texas and New York in 2011.
The Volt will be available in all 50 states 12 to 18 months after its launch.
GM will require Chevrolet dealers selling Volts to keep one in the store for customers to view and drive even if there's high demand. They also must have certified Volt specialists in sales and service, as well as a 240-volt charging station in the dealership, DiSalle said.
The Volt will have electric car competition shortly after it goes on sale.
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Nissan Motor Co. plans to start selling its Leaf all-electric car in December. The company said it will get up to 100 miles on a single charge.
The Leaf has no backup engine on board and must be recharged after its batteries are depleted before it can travel again. But it also uses no gasoline.
The four-door hatchback Leaf will have a base price of $32,780, but it's eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, making it closer to $25,000.
The Volt is expected to cost around $35,000, or $27,500 with the tax credit, although pricing has not been announced.
Some of the Volt's interior features include:
Driver-configurable, liquid crystal instrument display; standard seven-inch touch screen vehicle information display; touch screen-style climate and information/entertainment controls; optional navigation system with on board hard drive for maps and music storage; and standard Bluetooth for cellular phone and USB/Bluetooth for music streaming.
Associated Press Auto Writers contributed to this report.
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