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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt market launch prepared

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The public debut of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is quickly approaching and yesterday General Motors announced the first phase of the market launch program. General Motors has selected 15 individuals around the country to receive a 2011 Volt starting in late October they will have three months to drive the car and provide GM with detailed real world, real driver information on the new high tech Chevy sedan.

This group, who will not only receive 3 months of free seat time in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, will also receive a 240-volt charging station to use during their test period. As you can see in the list below, the group is comprised predominantly of “electric vehicle enthusiasts”, although there is some celebrity appeal with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Brian Voltaggio – runner-up on television’s Top Chef and the owner of the Volt restaurant in Frederick, Maryland. This group has been appropriately named by General Motors the Volt Customer Advisory Board.

The first major test for the Chevrole Volt

The Chevrolet Volt has seen plenty of testing since its concept stages and even with tests designed to put the car and its unique drivetrain through the worst imaginable conditions, nothing can ever truly simulate real world driving like the real thing. Even the road tests conducted by GM employees can only shake out so many bugs, so rather than begin issuing cars to paying customers and hope for the best, GM has put together their Volt Customer Advisory Board. This group is comprised of people who will offer real world testing through the rigors of daily driving, while also having a line of communication to GM to report any problems during their test time.

The General Motors Volt Customer Advisory Board:
Robert Becker – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Peter Corsell – Chief Executive Officer of Grid Point
Lyle Dennis – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Tom Kuhn – President, Edison Electric Institute
Andy Lipkis – President and Founder, Tree People
Bill Nye – Science guy 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

These people all volunteered and were selected by General Motors to drive the 2011 Volt but as you can see from the list, they are not your average Joes. These are all people who are familiar with the technology; who know what to look out for and expect when driving the 2011 Chevy Volt through the early winter months.

These lucky test-drivers can expect to receive their 2011 Chevy Volt sometime late next month with their test time running through the end of January 2011.

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