Chevrolet has announced that it is deploying demonstration models of the Volt to all fifty U.S. states by the end of 2011. The automaker has already phased-in over 550 of the cars in states like California, Michigan, New York, and Texas, among others.
Before the end of the year, Chevrolet claims more than 2,500 dealerships in America will have at least one dedicated demonstration version of the Volt. Dealerships will be able to sell the plug-in hybrid vehicle, but only after the car has been used as a test-drive version for six months.
We recently noted that a survey of American drivers preferred plug-in hybrid vehicles, like the Volt, over electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, because of the extended range capability, even though daily driving habits didn’t seem to factor into any logical decision on the part of potential buyers.
The Volt has only a 35 miles range in all-electric mode, compared to the 100 mile range of the Leaf. But, the Volt has a total driving range up 379 miles because of its gas-powered engine and the unique way it works with the electric component of the car, and that may be enough to edge out the competition. The debate on which car will attract the most costumers will have to wait, at least until the end of the year, as neither vehicle has had a chance to be fully rolled-out in the American market.