[ad#post_ad]On December 13th at 3:30 PM the first truckload of Chevrolet Volts left the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant grounds headed for waiting customers around the nation.

And a dream four years in the making comes true.

The first batch of cars, of which nearly 400 have already been produced, began leaving Michigan for destinations around the country.

A five truckloads carrying 45 cars left Monday, and through the course of this week 350 cars will be delivered to dealerships.  These initial destinations will include California, Greater New York, and Washington DC.

“Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet,” said Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director. “We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want.”

According to Volt director Tony Posawatz these batches of cars will be of mixed VIN number and not necessarily in order of construction.

"These are all people's cars," said Posawatz. "There are no fleet or demo cars."

Rather than have a press conference about the first delivery as Nissan did with the LEAF, GM is simply announcing the beginning of steady Volt deliveries which will continue from here on out. The first customers should have their cars within the next day or two.

Posawatz confirmed GM plans to build 15,000 Volts in the 2011 calendar year. Mid-year they will change from 2011 to 2012 models. GM is actively studying how quickly they can ramp up production considering the intense demand.

“We’ll turn up production in 2011 and were determining if we can turn it up sooner," added Posawatz.

And there shall be many a Happy Holiday this year.

Source ( GM )