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.