[ad#post_ad]After three years and nine months of constant blogging, my dream has finally come true. GM has announced they will be giving me a Chevrolet Volt to live with for three months. I will take possession at the end of October, prior to the official consumer launch.
I will be joining 14 other people from the Volt launch markets to participate in what is being called a Consumer Advisory Board. All of us are considered electric vehicle enthusiasts and advocates, some with strong voices and followings, and some even celebrities in their own rights. Many have also been previous participants in GM’s hydrogen fuel cell Equinox Project Driveway program or former EV-1 drivers.
We will be driving late-stage manufacturer validation build Chevrolet Volts as part of a captured test fleet. There is still time for our feedback to be used to help tweak the cars and to make sure the consumer purchasing and driving process goes smoothly.
In particular, GM will be using us to trial the 240-v home charging installation process.
“We are eager to learn as much as we can from potential customers about their experience with the Volt,” said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “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.”
All of us have of course volunteered to participate in this exclusive program and are thrilled to be a part of it. We are all residents either of New York, California or Washington DC and were chosen by by GM based on “location, knowledge of advanced automotive technology, and interest and awareness of electric vehicles.”
The full list of Advisory Board members are as follows:
Robert Becker – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Peter Corsell – Chief Executive Officer of GridPoint
Lyle Dennis – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Tom Kuhn – President, Edison Electric Institute
Andy Lipkis – President and Founder, TreePeople
Bill Nye – Celebrity scientist and electric vehicle enthusiast
Eric Rotbard – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Chelsea Sexton – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Colin Summers – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Mark Swain – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Kris Trexler – Electric vehicle enthusiast
Bryan Voltaggio – Celebrity chef and owner of Volt restaurant
Jim Woolsey – Former Director of Central Intelligence and Renewable Energy and Energy Security Investor
Brian Wynne – President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
Mike Maria – Electric vehicle enthusiast
We will be given training, cars, and a charger at no cost and in return for providing regular feedback including a weekly OnStar diagnostic call. We will also have local GM liaisons who will work directly with us to ensure every goes perfectly.
Our feedback will be used not only to improve the cars, buying, and ownership experience but will be useful to local utility companies to develop codes and standards for electric vehicle owners.
Our effort is considered a consumer extension of the current employee test fleet program underway.
Thank you GM for this wonderful gift. I wish you all could get one with me, but though that’s not in my control, you can be certain I will be posting all of my experiences right here for you to live them with me, and together we will continue to shape this car and this program, and begin to get our country off of oil.
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