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Chevrolet Volt
Bush signs bill which grants the Volt a $7,500 tax credit

In mid-September, DailyTech brought you news that congress was working on a new round of tax credits targeted at plug-in electric/hybrid vehicles. The tax credits were projected to weigh in at $3,000 for plug-in vehicles with at least a 6 kWh battery and top out at $7,500.

Toyota, which sells its Prius featuring a 1.3 kWh battery pack, balked at the tax credits as its hybrids wouldn't even qualify for the entry-level tax credit. Toyota also was unhappy that the only vehicle in the near future likely to qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit is the Chevrolet Volt.

Despite its opposition, Toyota's fears became law last week when President Bush signed the legislation which passed in the House by a vote of 263 to 171 as a part of the massive $700 billion Wall Street bailout package. The entire 10-year tax package for plug-in electric/hybrid vehicles is worth $1 billion.

Requirements to qualify for the tax credit have changed slightly since its inception in the Senate. The 6 kWh battery minimum dropped down to 4 kWh, while the base tax credit rose from $3,000 to $4,168. The maximum credit remains at $7,500 for the Chevrolet Volt with its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The Chevrolet Volt gets its primary power from a 150 HP, 273 lb-ft electric motor. A 1.4 liter gasoline engine is also used to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack once the Volt's 40-mile battery range is depleted. According to GM, the Volt can save customers $1,500 per year in fuel costs based on a daily commute of 40 miles.

The $7,500 tax credit should go a long way towards making the Chevrolet Volt more affordable. Current estimates place the base price of the vehicle at $40,000 or higher.

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GM Bailout
By ctodd on 10/5/2008 11:02:21 PM , Rating: 0
Why don’t they give incentives to push diesel? Maybe push the petroleum industry to re-configure their refineries to push out more diesel fuel to help lower the cost a bit. Maybe if people weren’t so freaked out by the higher cost for diesel, people would consider it as a viable alternative. Instead, the government waste time, and tax payer dollars on an overpriced car that may or may not save anyone any money. I like the technology and I appreciate GM thinking outside the box; however, it is ridiculously priced and nowhere near proven cost effective yet for me to even consider it. Why couldn’t they start out with a 20k car? I know styling is what sells the car, but if they were really serious about changing people’s perception of hybrids, then they should have kept it in the price range of the people that really need them. I know I am sticking my neck out on the chopping block by saying this, but that is how I feel about it. Sorry.


RE: GM Bailout
By The0ne on 10/6/2008 9:40:56 AM , Rating: 2
Because apparently bringing diesel engine vehicles like the 50+mpg Fiesta is a bad idea to the economy, let alone the small American cars running upwards of 30+mpg in Europe. I say let the US automakers die in their own country for not trying hard enough to bring what consumers want. But that's just me.

RE: GM Bailout
By omnicronx on 10/6/2008 9:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
It is pretty obvious to me with all the mom's driving SUV's, families with minivans, and rich people buying high end sports cars could care less. Until gas prices went up, the American consumer did not want what you are describing.

I agree with you that there is absolutely no reason why we should not have cars like a 50mpg Fiesta, but just from looking at the parking lot outside my work, I can see that most people could care less, or they would be buying 40+mpg cobalts and civics.

RE: GM Bailout
By omnicronx on 10/6/2008 9:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the fact this car goes 0-60 in 8-8.5 seconds..
Compared to the current Prius 11+, and the new generation which is only suppose to barely cross the 10 second barrier.

RE: GM Bailout
By The0ne on 10/6/2008 4:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
It's fine and dandy if the US automakers want to milk the consumers due to the demand but when the trend starts shifting and you start seeing competitors rack up profits from fuel efficient vehicles you should start re-thinking your plan. This they knew and decided against it. They even said it themselves! So then why should I care if they go down due to their bad decisions? I don't. But I do care that the government is helping bail them out in this so call loan much like what they are doing to the Financial institutions.

Someone has to pay for the mistakes or we'll all be damn to pay for mistakes idiots make over and over again. We're not talking small change here either.

RE: GM Bailout
By Spuke on 10/6/2008 6:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
shifting and you start seeing competitors rack up profits from fuel efficient vehicles you should start re-thinking your plan.
Right now, no one is racking up profits. LOL! All of the car makers are in the toilet in sales.

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