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Chevy Volt to hit California showrooms next year

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In an announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show, GM reps said the Chevy Volt, which can go a reported 300 miles without refueling, will be available in California starting sometime next year. GM expects to announce other markets for the Volt in coming weeks.

"We have significantly expanded our commitment to electrically-driven vehicles at GM, and are now in the midst of an extraordinary transformation," Robert Lutz, the Vice Chairman of Global Product Development at GM, said in a speech at the LA show.

"GM is moving from a company that, for 100 years, has been based on mechanically driven automobiles, to one that will eventually be focused on electrically driven vehicles," Lutz added. "This is a big deal."

According to the Associated Press, GM will team up with three California utilities as part of a Chevy Volt demonstration project. The project, which will be funded with a $30 million government grant, will distribute 100 Volts and build 500 charging stations for residential, commercial and public use.

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