National Launch of Chevrolet Volt in California first

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Chevrolet announced today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show that the Volt electric car will be available late next year in California, which Chevrolet is partnering with three California utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to advance vehicle electrification and establish vehicle charging programs to pave the way for consumers.

The Volt is designed to conveniently charge anywhere with the partnership program that will install more than 500 charging stations for residential, business and public use throughout California. The charging stations will be used to learn more about the installation, the vehicle charging process and to gain customer feedback on the experience.

Volt production is scheduled to begin in late 2010, and pricing has not been announced yet but it is expected to be from $35,000 to $40,000. The initial Volt launch markets, including California, will play a vital role in validating the retail market readiness for electric vehicles.