General Motors Co. will not include Tennessee in its initial rollout of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car in December, but the state could get the car by 2012, the automaker said.

Chevy-VoltGeneral Motors Co. will not include Tennessee in its initial rollout of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car in December, but the state could get the car by 2012, the automaker said.

That means the Volt, a five-passenger midsize hatchback, won’t initially be competing with the Nissan Leaf electric car in the home market of Franklin-based Nissan North America Inc. Nissan will introduce the Leaf in Tennessee and four other states in December.

Both automakers expect to expand sales of their new electric models nationwide over the next two years.

The Volt recently made a stop in Nashville as GM engineers made a four-day trip from Austin, Texas, to New York City to demonstrate the vehicle’s long-range driving capability. It’s due in showrooms late this year.

Unlike the compact Leaf hatchback, which has to be recharged from an external power source at least every 100 miles, the Volt has a small gasoline engine onboard that recharges the battery pack while the vehicle is moving.

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Source: The Tennessean
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