Not only did Chevy deliver the Volt on schedule in December 2010, which they had promised as long ago as at least 2005, but it will be available for rent by the end of this month at the Mark Christopher Auto Center Enterprise Rent-A -Car in Ontario, California, according to Green Car Congress.
According to Enterprise, 90% of the US population lives within 15 miles of one of their offices, and they will be adding more Volts (and Nissan LEAFs too) nationwide over this year, and they have already added charging stations for their Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica rental offices.
EV advocates like these guys are beside themselves to get some of the first deliveries, as you can imagine. This moment has been literally decades in the making, and would not have happened without the advocacy of people like these three, who with others like Chelsea Sexton of Who Killed the Electric Car applied tremendous pressure to GM to build the Volt.
“GM did an outstanding job engineering this vehicle, and it shows, inside and out”, raves new owner Ron Gremban of CalCars, the big Californian advocacy group for EVs, pictured on the left.
He, along with fellow EV pioneers Felix Kramer of Plugin America (center) – who tirelessly lobbied congress for the EV incentives that we got in the last energy bill – and educator Dr Andy Frank of UC Davis (right), who showed a generation how easily EVs can be built, are among the first new owners.
“The Volt is arguably the most technologically advanced vehicle on the road today” adds Gremban. “My first impressions are that GM didn’t just build an electric car, it built a flagship. It is all GM representatives have claimed it to be, and more”.
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