After they sold yesterday first Volt with $225, 000 ( read more here ), today, Chevrolet has begun shipping retail customer Volts from its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
GM said it would ship 350 Volts this week to California, Texas, New York and Washington, D.C., which means its volume will quickly exceed that of the Leaf. Is GM crowing about its volume advantage? Of course!
“Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet,” said 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.”
The Volt price is set at $40,280, without the destination fees. However, buyers are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, which should help offset the sting of the Volt’s price. The much-anticipated Volt will be the first plug-in hybrid sold in the United States, estimated to drive about 55 kilometres on electricity alone before a petrol engine kicks in.
Eventually, the Volt will be available nationwide, and GM is already looking at ways to double or triple the initial production target of 10,000 Volts in 2011.
Earlier this year, Chevrolet shipped 15 pre-production Volts to technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates whom were the first consumers to experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions during a 90-day vehicle and charging evaluation program.
MotorTrend, Automobile and Green Car Journal each recently selected the Volt as their Car of the Year.