Holden’s Volt to be sold by 49 dealers
Updated: 16:39, Monday June 11, 2012
Holden says 49 dealers across the country will sell and service the new Volt electric car when it goes on sale later this year.
The company said country dealers had been included in the list to ensure electric car ownership was not restricted to city customers.
Dealers to sell the Volt will install a dedicated charging station and invest in new tooling and training to ensure the highest standard of service.
Holden’s executive director of sales and marketing John Elsworth said Volt dealers must take their environmental responsibilities seriously by implementing a minimum number of environmental management practices across their business.
This could include recycling, efficient energy usage and reduction in the use and disposal of toxic chemicals.
Mr Elsworth said Volt dealers were asked to place their first order last month and while it was too early to confirm numbers, there appeared to be strong customer interest.
‘We would urge all customers to contact their dealer in the first instance if they want to secure one of the first Volts when they arrive in Australia.’
Among the Volt dealers confirmed, 18 will be in Victoria, 11 in NSW, nine in Queensland, seven in Western Australia and four in South Australia.
Holden began trials with right-hand-drive versions of Volt in Melbourne last week.
The car has enough electric power to be a zero-emissions daily commuter for most people.
But even when the lithium-ion battery runs low, it can use a petrol engine to recharge and extend the range.
The batteries can also be fully recharged in six to eight hours from a standard electrical outlet.