Volt could go to trend-setters first
General Motors Corp. executives are discussing launching the Chevrolet
Volt first in politically important and trend-setting markets on the
coasts when the vehicle makes it to market in late 2010.
Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told the Free Press by e-mail Monday that the
early plan for distribution of the Chevrolet Volt is to begin with
California, followed by Washington, D.C.; Florida; New York and
elsewhere on the East Coast.
"Of course, that's only current thinking, and the plans could change" as
the electric-drive car is still more than two years away, Lutz said.
The Volt, introduced as a concept car in Detroit in January 2007, is
expected to get 40 miles of range from an overnight plug-in charge,
followed by more than 400 miles using a gasoline generator to charge the
The concept has caught the imaginations of thousands of citizens
otherwise unrelated to GM, including Lyle Dennis, a neurosurgeon
inspired to launch the Web site www.gm-vvolt.com shortly after the
concept vehicle was first shown.
Dennis posted Friday what he labeled a spy photo of a 1/3 -scale version
of the Volt camouflaged in masking tape, and a poor-quality illicit
photo of the vehicle's front cockpit. The photo of the scale model was
legitimately shot by WWJ-AM (950) reporter Jeff Gilbert.
Still, it gives some hints to changes to the vehicle's design, including
the rounding of the front end and sharper corners in the rear to make
the vehicle more aerodynamic.