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Chevy Volt tour brings test drives to NY

Passersby get a closer look at the Chevy

Passersby get a closer look at the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle before a news conference where Chevrolet and PEPCO utilities announced a D.C.-area program to introduce customers to electric vehicles and establish vehicle charging programs. Credit: Wieck Media Services

New Yorkers will have an opportunity to ride in and drive a Chevrolet Volt Nov. 5 through 7 as part of a cross-country tour by Chevrolet to familiarize Americans with the new extended-range electric car.

General Motors spokesman Adam Denison said plans still are being firmed up but that officials plan to offer the Volts as alternatives to taxicabs outside certain retail stores in the city and to offer test drives in a parking lot somewhere outside the city.

“The goal of it is just to try to get as many people educated about the Volt as we can,” he said. “to let them know that this is a car that will fit right into their lifestyles.”

The Volt has a range of 340 miles — more than three times that of most electric vehicles — by virtue of a small gasoline engine that recharges the batteries when the plug-in charge has been exhausted — typically at about 40 miles. The car can be driven farther simply by refilling the gasoline tank or recharging its batteries.

Dealers began taking orders in July for the car, which costs about $41,000 — $33,500 after a $7,500 federal income tax credit — and will be available in a lease with 36 payments as low as $350 a month. It’ll be offered only in certain markets for the first 12 to 18 months, including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Production of Volts for sale to the public is to begin Nov. 11 at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck facility. Above, a Volt on the assembly line, destined for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The “Volt Unplugged” tour starts Oct. 9 in Seattle. Program details are to be posted at and at

GM says Chevrolet representatives will reach out during the tour to local community leaders, schools and consumers “to educate each group about the one-of-a-kind characteristics of the Volt and discuss the progress of the nation’s electrical infrastructure.”


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