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Chevrolet Shows Nissan How It’s Done, Speeds Up Volt Rollout

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Map showing nationwide sales rollout for 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car

Map showing nationwide sales rollout for 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car

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Nissan may still be aggravating customers patiently waiting for their 2011 LEAFs with no news of delivery dates, but Chevrolet has just announced that it will be delivering its 2011 Volt plug-in hybrid to all 50 states by the end of 2011.  

Spurred on by massive consumer interest and a stream of awards from the automotive press, Chevrolet’s decision is a rapid acceleration of its original plan to slowly rollout the car over two years. 

What does this mean for consumers? In real world terms, expect to be contacted shortly by Chevrolet, instructing you when you can purchase a Volt in your area.  

Orders will be taken nationwide from the second quarter of 2011, with deliveries in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii by the end of the third quarter. 

Remaining states will start to see deliveries of the Volt by the end of the year, with Chevrolet well and truly beating its nearest rival, the 2011 all-electric Nissan LEAF to nationwide availability. 

Chevrolet’s revised roll-out plans will be sweet news to those who had anticipated a scarily long wait for their car. 

In fact, for some would-be Volt owners the wait has just proven too long, forcing them to register their interest through a family member or friend living in an area where the Volt is available before driving it back home. 

The announcement comes after GM told a press conference yesterday that it was withdrawing the applications to the U.S. Department of Energy for $14.4 billion of low-interest loans under the DoE’s advanced technology vehicle manufacturing program. 

Is GM on the upturn? It certainly seems that way and in part, it looks as if the 2011 Chevrolet Volt has a small part to play in its resurgence. 

Will Chevrolet be able to provide the number of cars and sales it promises? Unlike Nissan, which is rolling out the 2011 LEAF in many countries simultaneously from a single factory, Chevrolet is concentrating on U.S. orders with U.S. built cars.

Despite what some GM skeptics say, it does appear that GM’s attitude toward plug-in vehicles has finally turned the corner 

And not a moment too soon.

If you're keen on the Chervolet Volt don't forget to check out our ultimate 2011 Chevrolet Volt guide. We'll keep updating it as new stories about this four-seat plug-in sedan arrive. 

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  1. Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a overpriced, gas guzzling plug-in hybrid. I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America...
     
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  2. Nerraw
    "Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a overpriced, gas guzzling plug-in hybrid. I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America..."
    Yeah, I love the Model S. True forward leap in American innovation, gorgeous too.
    But at a projected $18,000 above the Volt (not 17,000 because destination is included in Volt's base price). Perhaps it should read, Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a gas guzzling plug-in hybrid. I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America...
    Though it seems a bit oxymoronic to call a plug-in hydrid gas guzzling. So maybe it should read. Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a plug-in hybrid. I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America...
    And since folks with a commute of less than 30-40 miles likely won't be stopping at gas stations any more, perhaps it should read. Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a plug-in that's also a hybrid when you drive more than 40 miles per trip. Although, I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America...
    And since it's driving traffic to Chevy dealers from people who want to see innovative American technology, perhaps it should read, Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout an innovative plug-in that's also a hybrid when you drive longer distances. That's moving forward America. And it's $18,000 less than my future Model S...
     
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  3. So the publication "All cars electric" sees fit to praise a glorified hybrid and declare that GM is showing the first manufacturer of an affordable REAL ELECTRIC car "how its done?" I think this publication needs to hire people who know the difference between a hybrid and a real electric car. And they need to keep tabs on who is buying their lunch.
     
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  4. Sure, same old GM philosophy of slapping them together to "move the iron".
    We all know too well what junk GM builds. That's why they almost went belly up if it weren't for the US government.
     
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  5. I already have the Volt in my garage and my LEAF will arrive around mid-February. I am not seeing any reason for attacking either, as they both have their own application and functionality.
    We drive about 95% of the time in short enough segments that EITHER the Volt or the LEAF have enough EV range to fully function as nonemission vehicles, BUT for about 20 or so times a year, we need a vehicle that will take us at least 125 miles with no interruption or delay. The Volt can take on that extended drive function as well as cover the daily commute drives for one of us as an EV while we use the LEAF for our other direction spousal commute and for the short haul errands around town.
    Yes, the Volt is a "hybrid," but it is a new variation on that theme with the plug-in recharge of the 40 mile range battery pack. We have recorded about 500 miles on our Volt since delivery and used less than .8 gallons of fuel. To me that is still darn clean motoring.
    And my LEAF, ordered on Day 1 of accepting final orders will be two months delayed from the original posted/programmed delivery projection. By the time my LEAF arrives, I will still be in the first 100 LEAF cars delivered here in the US it seems (?), but Chevy, to their credit, will have delivered close to 1200 of the Volt model.
     
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  6. Jeffhre,
    Please let me explain. What I meant by "gas guzzling" plug-in hybrid, is how the Volt gets 27.3 MPG when the battery runs out (http://gm-volt.com/2010/08/24/video-chevy-volt-does-0-to-60-in-8-53-seconds-gets-over-40-miles-ev-range-and-under-30-mpg-in-cs-mode/). I do like the fact that on a normal commute the Volt is "all electric" (I put that in quotes cause I have heard a GM salesperson state a "power assist" when needed). However, when the main marketing point is "Extended Range Electric Vehicle" and you get 27.3 MPG during that extended range I add "gas guzzling" to the title. Mainly because there are actual electric vehicles now and coming out that can do the normal commute and more.
     
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  7. Jeffhre,
    Yes, the Model S does cost more, but the tax credits in many that the Volt does not qualify for, the price difference can drop by at least $5K. This is why I stated i'd rather SAVE my dough for a Model S, when I am going to finance a new EV in the 40K price range. Also don't forget, I can spend a lot less dough and get a real EV that can more than the normal commute like the Leaf or Focus Electric. In conclusion my statement still remains "Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a overpriced, gas guzzling plug-in hybrid. I'll save my dough for a Model S. Time to move forward America..."
    And my new statement for most of America who cannot afford the overpriced gas-guzzling plug-in hybrid is:
    "Yeah they are showing Nissan how to rollout a overpriced, gas guzzling plug-in hybrid. I'll wait for my Leaf. Time to move forward America..."
     
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  8. @Nerraw
    I am always amazed when I read Consumer Reports and they record the Prius as getting around 44mpg. We have owned both a 2004 and 2006 Prius, keep thorough fill-up records and always come up with 49-51 mpg when computed on a monthly basis. My point is that some drivers seem to get MUCH worse mileage than we do.
    On our Volt, I am computing for the few fuel driving miles we have so far seen, between 37-43 mpg. I am sure it is possible to get 27ish mpg, but I suspect that might on "someone else's credit card?" Our Volt is getting at LEAST as good fuel mileage as our Camry Hybrid when the Volt runs out of charge power, so I would hesitate to agree with "gas guzzling..."
     
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  9. GM's vaporware wont be rolling anywhere, except maybe in press releases. This overpriced, heavy, inefficent hybrid only exists to help greenwash the inept, corrupt GM corporation. And it would help if they would stop calling it the "Volt", Just call it the Chevrolet GAS instead. This clunky, inferior vehicle illistrates perfectly the american fascination with non-solutions.
     
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  10. I'm not sure what this heading means. Afterall by the end of this year both Leaf & Volt would have rolled out to all of US. But Leaf will also be available in Europe and Japan. What am I missing ?
     
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  11. EV Now-now "What am I missing ?"
    Nothing. This article is just to pass the time for us diehards looking for new titbits of news. Nissan says they have built 3000 LEAFs vs 1000 Volts, and will make 60k by year end vs 25k for the Volt. The only thing this article is saying is that GM has finally announced nation wide availability by the end of the year, and Nissan has not yet made that announcement.
     
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