Five trucks carrying Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars left General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant Monday evening, marking the first shipment to dealers after nearly four years of expectation.
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 first ones are expected in Volt's first markets: California, New York and Washington, D.C. Fox says GM is building in time to make sure the cars don't have glitches when they leave the factory, which adds a few extra days or weeks.
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.
Source:GM via carscoop
Chevrolet Volt Charity Auction Closed at $225,000
DETROIT - The online auction for the Chevrolet Volt closed at 6 p.m. today at $225,000.
Chevrolet will announce the auction winner, and present the auction proceeds to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, after verifying the final bid.
The vehicle offered in the charity auction was the first Chevrolet Volt available for sale, bearing the vehicle identification number ending inBU100002. It features a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interiorwith dark accents, Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park AssistPackage, and polished wheels. The auction also includes a 240-volt charging station and home installation.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the foundation's support of science, technology, engineering and math initiatives for Detroit Public Schools students.