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Levin: Volt proves 'doubters' wrong

David Shepardson / The Detroit News

Washington— Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, a future Chevrolet Volt owner, said General Motors Co. has answered its critics with the launch of its extended range plug-in hybrid.

GM launched the Volt — a vehicle that the EPA says goes 35 miles on a single charge — at a ceremony at the company's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant today.

The extended-range electric vehicle has a gas engine that runs the Volt when the battery is depleted.

Levin and members of Congress couldn't attend because of action this week. But Levin wrote a letter to GM CEO Dan Akerson — that hasn't been made public — praising the Volt.

"We've always known there would be doubters. Congratulations on answering them so well," Levin wrote. "Today is a great moment in automotive history."

Last month, Levin told The Detroit News he was in talks to get a charging station installed at the Capitol so he could charge his Volt.

"With the delivery of the first Chevrolet Volt from the assembly line, GM has demonstrated that the domestic auto industry is at the forefront of innovation," he said.

Levin said the Volt "is testament to the notion that industry and government can work in partnership to advance the complimentary goals of strengthening our industrial economy and protecting our environment."

GM was rescued with a $49.5 billion government bailout. The government shrunk its 61 percent majority stake to 33 percent following GM's IPO and the sale of $13.6 billion in government stock.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101130/AUTO01/11300416/Levin--Volt-proves-‘doubters’-wrong#ixzz16ocziWFT

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