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The Chevy Volt Is Finally Being Delivered To Dealers' Showrooms

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On: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:01PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Chevy Volt Is Finally Being Delivered To Dealers' Showrooms

General Motors has, no doubt, had some hurdles to overcome in the past couple of years. The biggest recession in 70 years hit every part of the auto industry. It may have affected GM the most, as evidenced by the company's momentous layoffs, loss of brands such as Pontiac and Saturn, not to mention a government bailout and bankruptcy just to keep its doors open.

Although GM has not made a full  recovery to its pre-recession status in the auto industry, the company's future plans are laid out and ready to take off. On November 30th, 2010, the 2011 Chevy Volt was introduced, a line of cars that would make way to showrooms floors, starting in December. This exciting news comes three years, ten months and eighteen days since an initial thought appeared in the minds of GM.

Dan Akerson responded, “It's a step into the future and a precursor to what will eventually happen—the electrification of the car,” in a GM Webcast from Detroit earlier this morning.

In the last two years, jobs have been extremely difficult to pin down throughout the country. Thanks to the popularity of the electric car, many new jobs are popping up throughout the country. GM recently hired 1,000 employees to help with research, to expand infrastructure, and for battery and motor charging.

The Chevy Volt is already making heads turn and it hasn’t even appeared on the showroom floors yet. The Volt was named “Green Car of the Year” by the Los Angeles Auto Show and has been named “Car of the Year” by two popular automobile magazines, Automobile and Motor Trend.

The new all-electric Chevy Volt can travel up to 35 miles per hour on its battery power alone and up to a range of 379 miles total on a full tank of gas and a single charge. It has a 1.4 liter gasoline engine and seats up to four passengers. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the Volt is listed in the same compact vehicle catagory as the Ford Focus, the Chevrolet Cruze, and the Toyota Corona by the EPA, so when the Volt hits showrooms floors this month, it will be up against some major competition. The Nissan Leaf is a fully electric car; however, the Volt currently has an advantage since consumers are just starting to warm up to the idea of electric cars. Many people want to gradually ease into the electric car concept and since The Volt is utilizes a combination of an electric engine and a gas cumbustion enine, it's predicted to be the more popular of the new electric hybrids.


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LeRoy | 3:18PM (Mon, Dec 13, 2010)

Too expensive, No Chargers available


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Johnny V | 10:03PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

you still have to burn electric to charge it sounds great but i think its not the answer



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