Volt has been a hot topic since its concept debut in January
2007, and it has certainly come a long way since then. General
Motors has been providing bits of news about the electric
vehicle over time to help EV buyers consider the Volt.
Chevrolet has released information regarding the cost of their Voltec
240V home charging station, which
is set at $490. Nissan
released figures awhile ago regarding their home charging
stations, which are set at $2,200 for the 220V including
$490 for the Voltec 240V home charging unit was set by SPX
Service Solutions, whom Chevrolet has an agreement with. SPX
Service Solutions is a national provider of home charging
installation equipment and services, and will be selling the Voltec
240V along with several other home charging stations.
notes that this is the most affordable 240V home charging system, and
will be beneficial to Volt drivers because it only takes four hours
to charge the electric battery from depleted to fully charged with a
240V station as opposed to the standard 120V charge cord, which takes
10 hours to complete the same task.
Chevrolet's Voltec 240V home charging system is priced at $490, the
installation of this system costs approximately $1,475. Though,
Chevrolet adds that this price varies upon electrical requirements.
vehicles have been a popular subject, and with the upcoming
release of EV pioneers like the Chevrolet Volt and the
Nissan Leaf, the interest and curiosity surrounding these vehicles
has heightened. Over time, we've watched and waited as both of these
EV heavyweights exposed their core features, such as the
Volt's 40 miles of electric-only propulsion (which was
to 25-50 miles) with a gasoline engine providing an
additional 300 miles, and the Leaf's ability to travel 100 miles on a
quote: Let's see, electric powered cars carry a hefty premium over gas powered cars. Some of the premium will be covered by Federal tax rebates (guess who pays that?) and the rest is extra cost to the buyer. An estimated 90 percent of the rare earth metals necessary to produce the car batteries is mined and controlled by mainland China (communists). China recently refused to sell these rare earth metals to Japan (but that couldn't effect us). Australia has the only other major rare earth supply, but mining must be developed and will take about four years and lots of cash. China has recently bought significant mining shares in Australia (coinidence?). Our current Federal Government makes policies which greatly limit our domestic oil exploration and production. Also, the Government has stopped all offshore drilling (cost about 20,000 jobs in Louisana alone). Roughly fourteen scarce drilling rigs have been sold to foreign governments including South American ones. Our Government has loaned billions of dollars to Brazil to help develop their off shore drilling in deep waters which we are forbidden to drill ourselves. To summarize for our limited thinking young folk, we have done about everything possible to limit our own domestic power and fuel production (no new oil refineries since about 1977). We must now seek over 40 percent of our domestic oil needs from other sources (one of which is Canada which is good). But most of the world's oil supply must come from countries openly hostile to democratic governments (you know the ones who elect their leaders). It now appears that much of the very expensive electric alternative will be controlled by Chinese communists.
quote: Would suck to have to leave the AC or heater off while your car charges.
quote: so why do Li-on batteries get warm when charging?
quote: Seriously, this isn't rocket science.
quote: What next, you will start advising people to charge their own a/c systems until the big pipe feels "cold"?
quote: Installing a 240V line is easy. Get some wire, a 240V breaker, and you're done. $1500 for $50 in parts?
quote: Many people already have a 240v outlet in their garage, for an electric clothes dryer.
quote: I highly doubt it would require a 200A service, 100A should be fine.
quote: Maybe I'm wrong but isn't it basically a Plug in Hybrid, not a full on EV like it is seemingly marketed as.
quote: I don't think 25-50 miles will satisfy most peoples commutes
quote: Does anyone else agree that this marketing and subsequent schmoozing by the press is all bull...???
quote: The 40 mile range captures 75% of people’s commutes
quote: My normal commute is under 14 miles a day, but it would be a pain having to plug it in every other day instead of filling my tank twice a month.
quote: With the first automobiles using the series hybrid design showing up around 1899-1906.