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Chevy Volt
130 Chevrolet Volts are going to select U.S. markets; first production model up for auction

The Chevrolet Volt represents one of the most important launches of General Motors' long history. The vehicle represents an important milestone bridging the past (internal combustion engines) and our eventual future (electric propulsion) when it comes to automotive transportation, and has already nabbed "Car of the Year" awards from Automobile and Motor Trend.

GM has announced that the Volt is now shipping to dealerships in select parts of the country – California, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C. – albeit in limited numbers. GM is only expecting to deliver 160 vehicles this week.

"Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet," remarked 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."

In addition to Volts that are heading to dealerships, the very first Volt to roll off the assembly line is currently up for auction. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will go to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation -- at this moment, the high bid for the vehicle is a whopping $185,000. The auction ends later today.

The Chevy Volt is powered by 149hp (273 lb-ft torque) electric motor which provides 35 miles of fossil fuel-free driving courtesy of its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A 1.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in at the point to recharge the battery pack and provide additional power to the front wheels (under certain circumstances). The Volt has a maximum driving range of 375 miles.

When it comes to pricing, the Volt won't come cheap. It is priced at $41,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.

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RE: Volt will be a sellout
By The0ne on 12/14/2010 3:31:37 PM , Rating: 1
Yea, I read about the car of the year Volt in several US magazines. I couldn't help laughing so hard in the bookstore people turned to stare at me. I showed those interested the Volt, of course, and they just went back to their own things. A few shared so lighter laughter and smiles with me.

Was the best laugh I had in years.

RE: Volt will be a sellout
By Jedi2155 on 12/14/2010 4:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
Laugh all you want as it is your opinion just like how a ton of people laugh at the design of the Prius yet continues to be a smash hit.

The true test will be GM's ability to make some profit out of it and continue to be a sellout. That they'll be able to leverage the technology onto other platforms as I have a realistic expectation that I don't think this single vehicle alone will ever be able recoup the development costs but rather the start of a new family of vehicles.

I'm seriously considering at leasing the 1st generation as it seems reasonably priced at $350/month for 12000 miles. Of course they're all sold out so I will have to wait...

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