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LA Gets Its First Batch of Chevy Volts

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    LA Gets Its First Batch of Chevy Volts
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    LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 07: The Chevy Volt is displayed at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hilton January 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs through January 10. The gadget show is expected to feature 2,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 110,000 attendees. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The much anticipated Chevy Volt arrived at a local Northridge dealership Friday Morning.

    The delivery truck rolled up to the Rydell Automotive Group at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning with 6 new Volts, all of which were pre-sold.

    Rydell was the first dealership in California to receive the much-anticipated car and currently has 19 more pre-orders pending. They're already taking orders for the 2012 model year, according to Shad Balch, a GM representative.

    Los Angeles locals will be able to drive gas-free "for an average of $1.50 a day", according to Chevrolet.com.

    The Volt is the first extended range electric vehicle on the market. It's capable of traveling an estimated 35 miles on a single battery charge before switching to gasoline, according to the Volt's website. The gas-powered onboard generator will provide up to 340 additional miles, for a total range of 375 miles.

    The 400-pound battery is the most expensive component of the Volt, costing around $10,000. It's guaranteed to last eight years or 100,000 miles, according to GM.

    The sticker price for the car is estimated at $41,000 but buyers can qualify for a Federal tax credit of  $7500, bring the price down to $33,500.

    GM began developing the Volt four years ago as its answer to the hybrid movement.