Return in time with us for a moment to early December, when we reported the Chevy Volt would be available “late” next year in California, among other markets. Now comes word today via the Detroit Free Press that the Volt might actually debut sooner – at least in very limited quantities.
The Detroit Free Press, in an interview with Ed Whitacre, General Motors chairman and CEO, mentions that Whitacre is pushing hard for the all-electric Volt to be out to market sooner than its “planned November launch.” Sources have told the Detroit-based newspaper that “it could be late September, October” when the car debuts. It is also mentioned the number debuting early “would be small.”
The Volt, for those that don’t know much about it, “is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.” After its lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator kicks in “to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery.” A built-in element in the Volt’s digital instrument cluster gives the driver real time information on his or her driving efficiency, and the car “even has audio and visual cues to alert the driver when the car powers on, off and when charging is activated.”