Chevrolet is stepping up the national rollout of the Volt to match customer interest, the carmaker said in a statement.

We're accelerating our launch plan to have Volts in all participating Chevrolet dealerships in every single state in the union by the end of this year, said Rick Scheidt, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. This is the right thing to do for our customers and our dealers who are seeing increased traffic onto their showroom floors.

Chevrolet Volts have been delivered to customers in the Washington D.C. area, as well as California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas. Customer deliveries in Michigan begin this spring.

Customers nationwide will be able to order Volts with participating dealers beginning in the second quarter. Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Chevrolet expects to deliver Volts in all 50 states.

The decision to accelerate the national rollout was influenced by Chevrolet dealers like Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, Md., which has seen a surge of consumers interested in the Volt.

The Volt is clearly bringing new customers to Chevrolet, said Harry E. Criswell III, president and owner of Criswell Chevrolet We are seeing 10 to 15 customers a week who are seriously considering buying a Volt. Many of them own competitive brands and now have a Chevy on their shopping list because of the Volt.