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The first Chevrolet Volt was given to customers in Los Angeles. The electric vehicle will not be launched as a series model until the end of next year.

Chevrolet has ushered in the electric age. A pre-production model was presented to a customer at the Los Angeles Auto Show who had previously won a nationwide competition to name a Volt color. However, interested parties have to wait another year before the final market launch.

California pioneer

Until then, customers should be familiarized with the use of electric vehicles as part of an extensive verification and research program with three Californian utility companies and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). General Motors is leading the program and is investing over $ 30 million in a US Department of Energy-managed Transportation Electrification Initiative stimulus fund.

It was no coincidence that the first Volt was handed over in LA. “It is obvious that California is the main market for our Volt. California is not only the largest auto market, but it's also known for the use of groundbreaking new technologies,”said Brent Dewar, GM vice president, Global Chevrolet Brand.

Installation of 500 charging stations

As part of the research and verification program, Chevrolet is making more than 100 volts available to participants so that they can use the vehicles in their fleets for two years. In addition, Chevrolet will use OnStar telematics technology to collect vehicle and driver data. This data is passed on to the Ministry of Energy and used to further optimize the processes.

The program envisages the installation of more than 500 charging stations for private, business and public use. The charging stations are also used to learn more about the installation, the charging process and customer feedback. “The information and insights gained from the activities and partnerships in California are invaluable to us - especially when it comes to our planning for the release and distribution of the Chevrolet Volt in Europe,” says Wayne Brannon, President and CEO of Chevrolet Europe. The Volt should start there from the end of 2011. (AG)