Chevrolet recently announced that the Volt will be available in late 2010 in California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and the Washington, D.C., area. Nationwide sales are expected to begin sometime in 2011.
The demand for the Volt has already been so great that last month Chevrolet announced that 2012 production will be increased by 50 percent from 30,000 to 45,000 vehicles.
The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $41,000, but consumers can take advantage of a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. For someone who qualifies for the full federal income tax credit, the Volt’s starting price will be $33,500. Leasing the Volt will also be available at a reduced price of $350 per month with $2,500 due at signing, due to a lessor tax credit.
The Volt will have a total driving range of about 340 miles and will be powered by electricity at all times. For the first 40 miles, the Volt remains gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free, relying on a 16-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery. After 40 miles, a gas-powered generator kicks in to extend the battery’s driving range up to another 300 miles with a full tank.
“The Chevrolet Volt will be the best vehicle in its class . . . because it is in a class by itself,” said Joel Ewanick, vice president of U.S. marketing for General Motors. “No other automaker offers an electrically driven vehicle that can be your everyday driver, to take you wherever, whenever. The Volt will be packed with premium content and innovation, standard.”
One of the Volt’s distinguishing features is an included OnStar-enabled mobile app that connects the vehicle to the owner’s smartphone, allowing drivers to look up and adjust programming for the battery’s charge level, unlock doors and remotely start. Other features include seven-inch, touch screen navigation, an energy-efficient Bose audio system and an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty on the battery.
The Chevrolet Volt comes with a 120-volt charge cord that gives owners the ability to charge their Volt directly from their standard home electrical outlets; however, as part of a program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 4,400 Volt buyers Sept be eligible for a free 240-volt charging station and home installation.
Customers wishing to purchase a Volt can visit the nearest participating Chevrolet Volt dealer. A Volt dealer locator is available at http://www.getmyvolt.com. More information can also be obtained from http://chevroletvoltage.com.