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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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why does green have to mean wimpy
By invidious on 10/6/2008 9:25:06 AM , Rating: 2
Throw a 20 kWh battery cell in a Jeep with a 500 ftlb motor and that would be something worth buying for cool factor. It will probably only go 20-30 miles on the battery power but you wouldn't look like a hippie while you were doing it.




RE: why does green have to mean wimpy
By omnicronx on 10/6/2008 9:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
Yes because that makes sense, instead of developing smaller and more efficient cars, in which 95% of us don't have a need for (probably including yourself), we develop more big vehicles just so you can look cool while driving.


RE: why does green have to mean wimpy
By Spuke on 10/6/2008 7:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
we develop more big vehicles just so you can look cool while driving.
Eventually, this tech will make it to other markets besides the eco one's. The car makers will eventually want make money from this tech so it will have to branch out to other types of vehicles.


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