GM’s July 4th Volt Road Trip

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General Motors is celebrating July 4th and its new plans for the Chevy Volt with a 1,776-mile cross-country road trip.

GM’s Volt, the highly-anticipated plug-in electric car, is on its way from Austin, Tex. to New York City where the cross-country road trip will kick off.

GM (Stock Quote: GM) has also announced plans to make 10,000 Chevy Volts through 2011 and triple that number in 2012, according to The Detroit News.

The automaker still hasn’t announced a list price for the Volt, but it should be available in Michigan and California and in the cities of New York, Washington, D.C. and Austin, The Detroit News says.

The Volt can go 40 miles on its first charge, then another 300 miles using its gasoline engine, according to the paper, which could mean drivers will be stopping at the gas pump about six times during the trip if they don’t plug in.

On the other hand, a gas-powered 2010 Honda (Stock Quote: HMC) Civic, which has a 13.2-gallon gas tank and can get 36 miles per gallon on the highway, according to fueleconomy.gov, would have to fill up just about four times, going at 475 miles on a tank of gas.

It’s unclear how big the Volt’s gas tank will be when it’s finally sold in November, but GM is also working on an all-electric version of the car, according to previous reports from the Associated Press.

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