California may be called the Golden State, but when it comes to getting all the coolest and newest plug-in cars, it should be called the Golden Child. If you live in California, then starting today you can place an order for the hotly-anticipated 2016 Chevy Volt. Next up will be the 10 states that also adhere to California’s zero-emissions vehicle mandate, with the rest of the country opening up for orders in late October, reports InsideEVs.
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont are the 10 states that follow California, with their ordering opening up on August 27th. First-wave production begins in August, and while delivery dates have not yet been set, the last quarter of 2015 seems like a solid bet. Ordering in the other 39 states opens up on October 1st.
The 2016 Chevy Volt offers a host of improvements over the first-gen model, including a 50-mile electric driving range 41 MPG out of the range-extender, a fifth seat, and a much nicer interior. Even better, GM managed to lower the price of the 2016 Volt by over $1,100.
Thankfully, GM is sticking to its plan of making the Volt available nationwide; I think the extended-range electric car will have to be available in all 50 states if the General wants to have any hope of meeting its 50,000 unit production goal. The presentation slides obtained by InsideEVs also revealed a number of neat features like wireless device charging and Auto Park Assist.
Any California natives ready to place their order for the 2016 Volt?