Last week, Enterprise announced that it will now offer consumers the Chevy Volt by the end of January, starting in California. As if that wasn’t already a big announcement for the environmental industry, Chevrolet has yet another piece of news to add: the Volt has won the North American Car of the Year.
The announcement was made yesterday at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It just so happens that at this annual show is where General Motors first showed the Volt as a concept car four years ago.
“When we announced this car several years ago at this show, there was a lot of skepticism among all the press,” Stephens told the Free Press. “And to be here today … and have the honor of being named North American Car of the year, I think says it all.”
As GOOD reported, this is not the first major award won by the Volt. Back in November, it was named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year. And last year we reported that the Volt was also selected as Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, as well as winning Green Car of the Year honors at the LA Auto Show.
The Volt was introduced just last month and since then the company has sold 326 of them. Prices begin at $41,000 and consumers can get a federal tax credit of $7,500. The Volt travels between 25-50 miles on an electric charge before a gasoline-powered generator switches on to produce more electricity.