Are you in the market for a Chevrolet Volt? If you are, you probably are in two situations: waiting for delivery because you were an early adopter or on a waiting list with a lengthy wait to receive your vehicle. That is until GM announced an accelerated plan to bring the Chevrolet Volt to market—and they plan to bring it to all 50 states by the end of 2011.
No, that isn’t a typo; GM feels that there is such a demand for the Chevrolet Volt that they need to bring the vehicle to market faster. Car and Driver reports that some dealers are so desperate to get their hands on the Volt that they have driven them from Long Island, NY all the way back to Atlanta, GA. The result of this action is some five to ten test-drives per day, 15 new deposits and 100 customers added to the waiting list. Currently, the Volt is only being sold in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., California and Texas. With GM's announced the plan to expand those markets will commence in the third quarter of this year.
The roll out in third quarter is reported to include Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Still not seeing your state? Don’t worry, the remaining states will see the Volt closer to November. According to Rob Peterson, a GM spokesman, “The Volt is helping to change consumer perceptions about Chevrolet, bringing a stream of new buyers to our dealer showrooms. Accelerating the nationwide roll-out gives us the opportunity to capitalize on the enthusiasm for the Volt beyond the initial seven launch markets.”
Bottom line—the Chevrolet Volt is impressing consumers, but now the race in the alternative fuel market is coming down to who can deliver the vehicles. Looks like Chevrolet might have an edge.
[Source: Car and Driver]