2011 Chevrolet Volt (© General Motors)Click to enlarge picture

2011 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors plans to launch the Chevrolet Volt in all 50 states by the end of the year, a major acceleration in the rollout of the plug-in hybrid.

Chevrolet plans to have Volts in all of its dealerships by the end of 2011, Rick Scheidt, Chevy vice president of U.S. marketing, said in a statement.

Chevy originally planned to deliver the car in select markets this year: California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Michigan. Deliveries began in December.

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GM said customers nationwide will be able to order Volts through dealers beginning in the second quarter. Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

“This is the right thing to do for our customers and our dealers who are seeing increased traffic onto their showroom floors,” Scheidt said.

It should be in all 50 states in the fourth quarter, GM said.

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GM CEO Dan Akerson has been pushing to increase production of the car and plans to extend its technology to other vehicles. He has said he views the Volt as a technological breakthrough that boosts GM's reputation for innovation.

Akerson recently said GM would increase Volt production this year to 25,000 units. The original plan had been to build 10,000 in 2011.

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