Virtual waiting list for Chevrolet Volt hits 20,000 members

GM-Volt.com, a site not owned by GM, is running a virtual waiting list showing the interest that people have in purchasing GM’s upcoming electric car.

As of May 5th, 20,000 people have signed up saying that they would purchase the Volt when it arrives in 2010.

Recently, Maximum Bob Lutz was reported saying that the price of the Chevrolet Volt could reach about $48,000. Lutz said that $40,00 would be possible only if GM doesn’t make a dime on the car. Government incentives are expected to bring the price closer to the $30,000 range.

When it arrives in 2010, the Chevrolet Volt is expected to be powered by a 160-hp electric motor that will allow it run on electricity for up to 40 miles. With the use of gasoline, the car can travel a range of about 400 miles.

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Press Release:

GM-Volt.com: 20,000 on Chevy Volt Waiting List

Published 05/05/2008 – 9:02 a.m. GMT

Over 20,000 people have expressed their interest in purchasing GM’s electric car, the Chevy Volt when it arrives in 2010. They have all signed up on the grass-roots waiting list managed by the Volts’ leading enthusiast website GM-Volt.com.

The Chevy Volt concept was first unveiled by General Motors in January 2007. It is a sleek and sporty 4-passenger car than can drive for up to 40 miles on pure electricity, powered by a 160 hp electric motor. Beyond that distance, the car uses an on-board back-up gasoline generator which will keep the batteries charged for a total range of about 400 miles.

GM-Volt.com was created in response to GM’s initial announcement to concentrate public opinion on the Volt’s development and to help ensure the concept didn’t die.

The site’s founder is Dr. Lyle Dennis, a New York area neurologist who advocates the country shifting from petroleum use.

“The public support for this car is remarkable. People are signing up on our waiting list and an ever-increasing pace. In just 3 months we went from 10,000 to 20,000 members. And the car is still two and a half years from production,” says Dr. Dennis, “it is my sincere hope that this waiting list will turn into an official list through my continuing work with GM and the very strong public initiative.”

Dennis also organized the first ever Volt Nation event in New York City in March 2008 at which over 300 enthusiasts attended and had the chance to meet and interact with the Volt engineering and executive team.

 

Source: GM-Volt (via AutoblogGreen)