GM is in China today showcasing its Chevy Volt electric vehicle with extended range, as the American automaker announced this very populous nation will be one of the initial markets outside the U.S. to get the car. Plans are in motion to offer the Volt for sale locally starting sometime next year.
GM, in bringing the Volt to China, offered up two vehicles to the “Shanghai Expo Bureau for use as part of its VIP transportation fleet at World Expo 2010 Shanghai. The Volt will shuttle special guests to and from Shanghai’s Expo Park and demonstrate GM’s pathway to its vision of sustainable urban transportation.” When the Volt goes on sale in China it will include the OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and communication service.
“GM has made a long-term commitment to bringing our industry-leading technology to China,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group, in a statement. “This is enabling us to provide the best mobility solutions for addressing the transportation challenges associated with the growth in demand for personal mobility. With GM taking the lead, the development of electric vehicles is opening up entirely new industries.”