Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet has selected 15 advanced technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates to experience the Chevrolet Volt under real-world conditions during a three-month vehicle and charging evaluation program, starting in late October.

The company said the group is one of the final steps Chevrolet is taking to validate the vehicle, charging and overall customer experience in preparation for retail launch late in 2010.

“We are eager to learn as much as we can from potential customers about their experience with the Volt,” said Volt marketing manager Tony DiSalle. “We want to know their thoughts, impressions and perceptions. This special group of electric vehicle experts gives us the opportunity to learn even more as we near market launch.”

The participants live in Volt retail launch markets, including California, New York and Washington, D.C. Each will receive a pre-production Volt starting in late October and keep it through the end of January 2011. They will receive production training, a home electric evaluation, and no-cost installation of a 240-volt charging station to be used during the duration of the program. Chevrolet will collect information continuously through OnStar.

To date, Chevrolet has built more than 200 pre-production Volts at its Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

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