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GM begins shipping out first Chevrolet Volts

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The first 350 copies of the Chevrolet Volt for consumer sale just left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Dealers in California, Texas, Washington, DC and New York City will take delivery within a few days.

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Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle said it was a historic milestone for Chevrolet: ''We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want.''

The Volt can achieve a total range of about 550 kilometres thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine/generator. Said battery can be charged through a 110-volt power outlet in 10 to 12 hours.

The Volt recently won the ''Green Car of the Year'' award at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.