As one of the most-talked-about, most-anticipated cars in automotive history, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt may not get a national launch initially. Later today at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors Vice Chairman of Global Product Development Bob Lutz is expected to make an announcement regarding the launch plan for the 2011 Volt.
GM has a few considerations to mull over while deciding in which markets it will initially sell the Volt. A charging infrastructure is obviously one of the primary concerns. Once the charging infrastructure in addressed, “then we will go to a national rollout,” said Chevrolet president Brent Dewar. Selling the plug-in hybrid in regions that currently do not support these types of vehicles could make for a blemished launch. “We just need to get the cost and infrastructure in balance,” added Dewar. Local tax credits are also being looked into.
While still unconfirmed, there is almost no question that California is on the list for the first wave of Volts. Other advanced areas that offer charging stations are likely to get the Volt at launch also. As for rural areas, introduction could still be a few years off.
We expect to hear more later today at the GM press conference in Los Angeles. Check back with us for updates.
Source: Automotive News