General Motors hasn't begun selling its highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt to the public just yet, but there's at least one unofficial waiting list for the range-extended hybrid (or range-extended EV) -- and it recently passed 50,000 names.
Dr. Lyle J. Dennis started the "Want List" at GM-Volt.com in May 2007. Sign-ups were slow in coming but have gradually increased; the list now contains the names of 50,159 individuals from 94 countries and all 50 states, all of whom are clamoring for a piece of the Volt pie.
Interestingly, when people put their names the list, they're asked how much they might be willing to pay for the Chevy Volt when it finally arrives in showrooms. (GM hasn't officially announced pricing for the vehicle.) The average so far: $31,347.02, which isn't too far below the $32,500 figure that Bob Lutz and others have tossed out, representing a sticker price of $40,000 and a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Those who sign up for the GM-Volt.com list are also asked how much they'd be willing to put down for a deposit. The average currently clocks in at $2,786.68. So all in all, the Volt is fostering a fairly high degree of enthusiasm.
There are more interested Volt buyers in eco-minded California than any other state in the U.S. In fact, California has more than twice as many sign-ups as the second state on the list, Texas. The least interested? Folks in South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Vermont. So, not surprisingly, the list sounds more or less like a reflection of state populations.
Apart from the U.S., there's modest interest in the Volt in Canada -- and Germany, to a far smaller degree -- but otherwise, no other nation boasts more than 85 interested individuals. Still, that's not a bad (unofficial) start for a brand new vehicle with a brand new format that's likely to debut at a price point higher than the American average. Let's see if Lutz can parlay this enthusiasm into a highly successful launch.