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EL Calif. Until a few years demure Chelsea Sexton a threat to General Motors as an leader in protests about its to walk away from its electric car, the EV1.

But near her home Thursday in Los Angeles suburb, Sexton was all Her protests weren’t in vain: She is 15 members of a GM advisory board who week got pre-production Chevrolet Chevy’s extended-range electric to try for three months.

With customer deliveries to start in a few GM is placing the breakthrough $41,000 car in the of electric-car advocates and other leaders for evaluation, feedback and kind words.

Sexton is pumped. When a in a red Toyota Prius pulled at a stop sign on Main and asked the price of Volt, was happy to reply. She expects of questions everywhere she drives.

and other advisory board in California, New York and Washington, will report in once a via the car’s OnStar satellite on their experiences driving the car and it, said GM spokesman David This is the final step we start production, he said.

was a bold choice for the board. of advocacy group Plug In she has been one of GM’s fiercest She and three others picked up Volts on Wednesday at the same GM in Burbank, Calif. that she in 2005 in an EV1 protest.

When she arrived Wednesday, were lots of jokes being on the wrong side of the she said.

The protesters, some of were arrested, unsuccessfully to keep GM from destroying the Saturn EV1 electric cars it had to people in a pilot program, had taken back. The protests, and were featured in the documentary Who the Electric Car? . which dead aim at GM.

Darovitz said including shows GM has really embraced EV1 drivers. It’s smart for us to to folks who are passionate about the

Just after the film out in 2006, GM announced it was working on the a plug-in electric that can go 25 to 50 on a full charge before a gas-engine-powered generator kicks in to juice.

Including the gas engine has some activist electric-car Sexton says she’s had threats for supporting Volt and GM. But she that even when the EV1 were most heated, she was in her opposition to GM.

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As much as I’ve given GM a eye, I’m the person who encouraged a boycott, she says. (I) said GM was a bad company. They made bad decisions.

She knew the from the inside. She had gone to for the Saturn division in 1993 and was to the EV1 pilot program from until 2001. The EV1 was a futuristic car for its time, but lacked the advanced and power control systems of Still, she and others believe the erred by withdrawing all the EV1s it in California and Arizona and crushing

In killing the program, GM argued the EV1 lacked the range and convenience wanted and could not be profitable.

Today, Sexton remains an car advocate through her Lightning Rod and still serves as an adviser to In America. She’s also a producer for the follow-up film director Chris Paine, of the Electric Car . due out next year.

not the only electric car fanatic in the group. Colin Summers, an from Santa Monica, he thinks the Volt will his traveling lifestyle. This is for me, he says.

It’s a long-range car as an EV for almost all of my use.

To stay to his EV roots, he’s going to try to the Volt during the week so it never uses any gasoline, taking longer trips on the

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