Holden has announced that its new Volt extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) will be sold at 49 dealers across the country, with each required to secure environmental accreditation.
Releasing a list of dealers this week, Holden has confirmed dealerships in urban centres and also in areas as far-flung as Townsville in northern Queensland.
The carmaker has also ruled that all Volt dealers must achieve at least a level 2 accreditation in the national Green Stamp Plus programme, run by VACC and other peak motoring bodies across Australia.
The programme requires dealerships to meet environmental management criteria, including showroom and workshop waste recycling, efficient energy usage and a reduction in the use of toxic chemicals.
“Each dealer will also install a dedicated Volt charging station and invest in new tooling and training to ensure the highest standards of service for owners of Holden’s first electric car," Holden's John Elsworth said.
Dealers offering the Volt will also install a dedicated charging station, and invest in tooling and training as part of the car's servicing programme.
Although the Volt does not officially launch until later this year, Holden says it has already taken a number of orders for the new electric-driven sedan.
“We asked dealers to place their first Volt orders last month and while it’s too early to confirm numbers, we are receiving anecdotal feedback that there’s strong interest," Elsworth said.
About the Volt
The Volt is driven primarily by a 111kW/368Nm front-mounted electric motor, paired with a small 1.4 litre petrol engine, the latter powering a generator that keeps the electric motor's lithium-ion battery pack charged.
Holden boss Mike Devereux is confident that the Volt will be a success in Australia, describing the car as "one of the most technologically advanced cars on the road anywhere in the world".
“Volt will make driving more economical, more environmentally-friendly and will fundamentally change the way Australia thinks about alternative transport solutions," Devereux said at the Volt's Australian unveiling in December.
“This is the start of something big for Holden and Australia.”
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