It's official. General Motors has added four locales to its short list of debut markets for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, bringing the total up to seven states.
In a speech delivered earlier today, GM CEO Ed Whitacre revealed that Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have all been added to the list of debut markets. Volt deliveries will begin in both Austin, Texas, and New York City by the end of 2010, while the remainder of those two states -- along with New Jersey and Connecticut -- will receive cars in early 2011.
According to Tony DiSalle, the Volt's marketing director, echoed Whitacre's comments, noting the launch has been expanded due to strong customer interest. Adding these cities won't usurp GM's existing plans for rolling out the Volt. Select cities in Michigan and California will also receive cars by the end of the year, while Washington, D.C. will also see Volts on the road in the same timeframe.
"We can add markets as diverse as Texas and New York because the Chevrolet Volt can handle both urban commuting and longer trips in both Austin summers and Manhattan winters," Whitacre said in a release.
Concentrating on a limited number of markets will allow GM to form partnerships with power companies across the country -- a key step when it comes time to develop a charging infrastructure for the plug-in vehicle. GM also hopes the regional rollout will generate more consumer interest and boost Volt sales.
Both GM and Nissan have plans to sell their plug-in vehicles nationwide shortly after an early launch by the end of 2010. Both the Volt and the Leaf will be joined shortly thereafter by Ford’s Transit Connect EV and Focus EV.