Chevrolet starts shipping Volt to dealerships

Company said that these are the first of an expected 160 vehicles to be shipped this week

Chevrolet has started shipping its first Chevrolet Volts from the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant destined for initial retail launch markets.

Chevrolet said that these are the first of an expected 160 vehicles to be shipped this week.

The Volt's Voltec electric propulsion system, which combines battery-only electric driving with an efficient, gas-powered engine giving the Volt up to 379 total miles of driving before having to recharge the battery or fill up the small gas tank.

The company said that earlier this year, they have shipped 15 pre-production Volts to technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates whom were the first consumers to experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions during a 90-day vehicle and charging evaluation program.

Chevrolet Volt Tony DiSalle marketing director said they have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want.