And then there were three. After announcing that both California and Michigan would be lead markets for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM revealed today that it would add a third — Washington, D.C. — to the list of initial retail markets.
“Concentrating Volt sales in these three key initial markets allows us to give our first customers a high-quality experience,” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s general manager, said in a statement. “In addition to geographical considerations, each market has progressive local and state government leaders and utility partners who are crucial in bringing electric vehicles to market.”
In D.C, those utility partners include electric companies Pepco and Dominion, which are joining GM’s program to help develop, install, and test a charging infrastructure before the cars reach consumers. Approximately 100 cars will be distributed among several utility partners come November, and they’ll install approximately 500 charging stations in total.
GM ultimately plans on building between 50,000 and 60,000 Volts annually, but will limit the first year’s production to roughly 10,000 cars. Look for the earliest saleable examples to arrive at dealers by the end of this year.