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Chevrolet Unveils New Plug-in Electric Vehicle to South Florida


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MIAMI--For the first time, South Floridians will have a chance to preview the Chevy Volt concept vehicle on display at various South Florida venues October 18 23.

The Chevy Volt was first shown in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Volt is powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to power the vehicle for 40 miles of all-electric range. An on-board range-extender engine and generator set, powered by gasoline or E85, is used to extend the vehicles range to more than 640 miles.

More than seventy five percent of drivers in the United States commute fewer than 40 miles a day (1). For these drivers, a fully charged Volt will use no gas and produce no tailpipe emissions in this kind of day-in, day-out driving. The Chevy Volt can be recharged by plugging it into a common 110-volt/15-amp outlet.

GM has assigned more than 200 engineers and 25 interior and exterior designers to be responsible for producing the Volt. Final production timing for the Volt is dependent on the development of lithium-ion batteries suitable for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.

A press briefing at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach will officially launch the Volts South Florida tour.

WHEN:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

One-on-one and live morning show

interviews available

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Official press briefing

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Post-briefing interviews available
 

WHERE:

The Raleigh Hotel, poolside
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
 

WHO:

Bob Boniface, GM Director of E-Flex Systems Design

About General Motors

General Motors Corp. , the worlds largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GMs OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

(1) Source: Vol. 3, Issue 4, Oct., 2003 Omnistats U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.