General Motors has organized a Chevrolet Volt Customer Advisory Board to gain additional test data before the electric car’s official launch.
The 15 board members are electric vehicle enthusiasts and volunteered to live with and experience preproduction Volts for three months, beginning in late October. The 15 expert consumers will undergo product training, receive a home electric evaluation, and obtain a 240-volt charging station to be used at home. Vehicle and driving information will be continuously collected through OnStar until the end of January and the drivers will likely share their insight with curious onlookers.
“We are eager to learn as much as we can from potential customers about their experience with the Volt,” said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “We want to know their thoughts, impressions, and perceptions. This special group of electric vehicle experts gives us the opportunity to learn even more as we near market launch.”
The 15 members of the Chevrolet Volt Customer Advisory Board are:
Robert Becker — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Peter Corsell — Chief Executive Officer of Grid Point
Tom Kuhn — President, Edison Electric Institute
Andy Lipkis — President and Founder, Tree People
Bill Nye — Celebrity scientist and electric vehicle enthusiast
Eric Rotbard — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Chelsea Sexton — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Colin Summers — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Mark Swain — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Kris Trexler — Electric vehicle enthusiast
Bryan Voltaggio — Celebrity chef and owner of Volt restaurant
Jim Woolsey — Former Director of Central Intelligence and Renewable Energy and Energy Security Investor
Brian Wynne — President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
Mike Maria — Electric vehicle enthusiast
The Volt will first launch in California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C. via the initial launch phase that will run from the end of this year through early 2011. Remaining states will receive Volts shortly after.