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First 2011 Chevy Volts Leave Plant, Head To CA, TX, DC & NY

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Source: GreenCarReports.com

Production of the world's first range-extended electric car is now a reality.

Today, the first shipment of 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric cars left the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The cars are bound for dealers and buyers in the initial launch markets: California, Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Today's shipment comes exactly four years after Chevrolet began briefing the press, under embargo, about the Chevrolet Volt concept car it would unveil at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. That concept became the 2011 Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle.

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010Gallery

Chevrolet publicity included the usual carefully-crafted corporate statement, couched in a language very much like English. “Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet,” said Tony DiSalle, the latest marketing director for the 2011 Volt.

“We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt," he continued, "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.”

Chevrolet said it expects to ship 160 vehicles this week, in contrast to the very small handful of the first 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars to be delivered to buyers in a few cities before the end of the year. The very first 2011 Leaf was delivered to a retail buyer in San Francisco on Saturday.

Fifteen pre-production Volts were delivered earlier this year to electric-vehicle advocates, technology enthusiasts, and other influential early adopters who formed the Volt Customer Advisory Board. They are taking part in a 90-day evaluation of the vehicle and its associated 240-Volt charging station.

The 2011 Chevy Volt is the only mass-produced electric car being manufactured in the U.S. Its 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides roughly 40 miles of all-electric driving, after which a 1.4-liter gasoline engine switches on to generate power that operates the electric drive motor.

Total range from both modes is up to 379 miles, Chevrolet says.

[Chevrolet]

link:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1052483_first-2011-chevy-volts-leave-plant-head-to-ca-tx-dc-ny

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Well lets hope for a smooth and high quality roll out. I hope we do not see any kind of a recall for a few years.

I suspect if there are any issues that GM will address them asap and with red carpet service.

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1st Chevy Volts leave Detroit-Hamtramck plant and head to dealers

By CHRISSIE THOMPSON

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Windshields were scraped of snow, wheels were strapped into place and 45 Chevrolet Volt electric cars left for East Coast dealerships Monday.

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The five red Cassens Transport trucks that headed to the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas marked the first shipment of Volts to leave General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck plant. GM said it expected 160 Volts to ship this week to initial launch markets, which also include Austin, Texas, and the state of California.

Engineers approved the start of shipping at a half-hour meeting that ended at noon Monday, said Doug Parks, chief engineer for the car. Production started in early November. The plant has built more than 300 models for customers so far, Parks said.

GM had said customers might receive Volts as soon as late November or early December. The first Nissan Leaf, a pure electric car and Volt rival, was delivered to a customer last weekend -- kicking off the sale of electric cars for the mass market.

Since the Volt is GM's first extended-range electric vehicle, Parks said, engineers decided to do a little more quality testing before approving the cars for shipping. That included sending some cars to Alaska a couple of weeks ago to test how they started and drove in frigid temperatures, when batteries were under extreme stress to power the wheels and heat the car, he said.

"Could we have shipped it a few weeks ago? Probably," Parks said. "We really didn't uncover any big quality issues."

The vehicles should arrive at dealerships this week, he said.

Read more: 1st Chevy Volts leave Detroit-Hamtramck plant and head to dealers | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101214/BUSINESS01/12140364/1st-Chevy-Volts-leave-Detroit-Hamtramck-plant-and-head-to-dealers#ixzz185n4FoaW

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Chevrolet Volt begins shipping to dealers

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Dec 14th 2010 at 11:02AM

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Many eco-friendly car buyers have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the Chevrolet Volt at their local dealer since the extended-range juggernaut was unveiled in concept form nearly four years ago, and now the wait is almost over. To be more precise, the wait is nearly over if you ordered one of the first 160 retail examples of General Motors' halo car and you live in one of the battery-powered sedan's initial launch markets. The first batch of Volts have left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and are en-route to California, Texas, Washington D.C and New York.

Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle says that the first batch of Volts represents a milestone for Chevrolet, adding that customers will soon "experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want."

The Volt finally hits prime time with an EPA-approved range of 35 miles on a single charge, and with the ability to travel up to 379 miles when also using its 1.4-liter gas engine generator. The Volt also enters the Chevy showroom with the Motor Trend and Automobile Car of the Year awards. Hit the jump to read over GM's official press release.

[source: General Motors]

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The first Chevrolet Volts left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on Monday destined for initial retail launch markets. Customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York could receive the world's first-and-only electric vehicle with extended-range capability in the next few days.

These are the first of an expected 160 vehicles to be shipped this week.

"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."

The heart of the Volt is its Voltec electric propulsion system, which combines battery-only electric driving with an efficient, gas-powered engine giving the Volt up to 379 total miles of driving before having to recharge the battery or fill up the small gas tank. The Volt is the only mass produced U.S.-built electric vehicle.

Earlier this year, Chevrolet shipped 15 pre-production Volts to technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates whom were the first consumers to experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions during a 90-day vehicle and charging evaluation program.

MotorTrend, Automobile and Green Car Journal each recently selected the Volt as their Car of the Year.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/14/chevrolet-volt-begins-shipping-to-dealers/

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General Motors Begins Shipping 2011 Chevrolet Volt to Dealers

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010

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On Monday, the first shipments of the highly anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Volt left GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and are on their way to select dealerships. According to the company, customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York could receive their vehicles in the next few days.

“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”.

According to the automaker, the first batch of vehicles should be delivered in the next few days, with a planned total of 350 units this week. Earlier this year, 15 pre-production EVs were handed over to a select few, during a special 90-day vehicle and charging evaluation program.

Priced from $33,500, after tax credits, the Volt never came close to the initially claimed 230 mpg in city driving. Eventually, EPA released three mileage ratings, the best being 93 mpg in full electric mode and the worst 37 mpg when the 1.4-liter engine kicks in. Now that cars are actually reaching customers, we’re more than curious to hear their feedback on the matter.

By Csaba Daradics

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/12/general-motors-begins-shipping-2011.html

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