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Chevy Volt
GM's shining star finally get an official price

The Chevrolet Volt is undeniably the most high profile project going on at General Motors these days. The vehicle was first unveiled as a concept back at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2007 and since that time has gone through a long gestation period.

The production version of the Volt is unrecognizable from the original concept that debuted in 2007, but its mission remains the same: to provide 40 miles of electric-only propulsion and an additional 300 miles when the 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator kicks in.

Today, GM has announced official pricing for its Chevy Cruze-based vehicle. The vehicle will be priced at $41,000 ($33,500 net of full federal income tax credit). Fully loaded, the vehicle will run you $44,600 before the tax credit. It will also be available for a 36-month lease ($350 per month with $2,500 due at lease signing).

“The Chevrolet Volt will be the best vehicle in its class… because it’s 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.”

When it comes to “mainstream” electric vehicles, the pricing of the Volt puts it a few pegs above Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle (EV). The Nissan Leaf has a base MSRP of $32,780 before the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs. Depending on what state customers live in, the final price of the Leaf can drop down to around $20,000 after local and state tax incentives.

According to GM's Online Order/Reference Guide, the Volt rides on a 105.7" wheelbase and measures 177.1" x 70.4" x 56.6" (L x W x H). Cargo capacity for the vehicle is listed at 10.6 cubic feet. Standard features for the Volt include a GPS navigation system (7" display), 30GB hard drive for audio storage, XM Radio/XM NavTraffic, OnStar, MyVOLT.com Vehicle Connectivity, and Bluetooth.

The Volt's 1.4-liter engine/generator also inexplicably requires premium fuel to operate. The gasoline generator is rated at 80 hp while the electric motor is rated at 74 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Total rated system power is 150 hp according to GM. The Volt's battery pack will come with an 8-year/100,000 warranty.

According to Green Car Advisor, the Chevy Volt can accelerate to 60 mph in about nine seconds. Top speed for the vehicle will be 100 mph.

When it comes to charging the vehicle, GM had this to say:

While the Chevrolet Volt will come standard with a 120-volt charge cord that will provide owners with the ability to charge their Volt directly from a standard home electrical outlet, a total of 4,400 Volt buyers in launch markets could be eligible for a free 240-volt charging station, including home installation.  The installations are part of a program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to install approximately 15,000 240-volt home charging stations across the U.S.

The Chevy Volt will be available in Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Crystal Red Metallic Tint,
White Diamond Tricoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Viridian Joule Tricoat.

Although customer-ready production models of the first generation Chevy Volt have yet to hit U.S. streets, GM is already brainstorming about changes it will make to the second generation model. The current Volt uses an off-the-shelf engine that it shares with the Chevy Cruze. Such a large and complex motor that is merely serving as a generator is both wasteful and expensive. GM instead wants to look at other options such as a smaller two-cylinder gasoline engine, rotary engine, or a small displacement diesel engine.

The Volt will also get a larger sibling in the form of the Volt MPV5. The Volt MPV5 trades the rather restrictive 4-passenger sedan configuration of the standard model for a crossover configuration that seats five and offers a more generous cargo area (62 cubic feet with the rear seats down). Due to the more compromised aerodynamics and heavier body, the Volt MPV5 can achieve a battery-only range of 32 miles instead of the Volt’s 40 miles.



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Whenever, Whereever?
By thrust2night on 7/27/2010 12:39:33 PM , Rating: -1
“No other automaker offers an electrically driven vehicle that can be your everyday driver, to take you wherever, whenever."

Really? Can it take me from Arizona to Florida? How many charging stations are there in that route? With not enough infrastructure to support long-range driving he should think twice about what he says.




RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By theapparition on 7/27/2010 12:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
Uh,
Actually yes.....this can.

Something that the LEAF can't do, at least can't do in less than several weeks.


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By acer905 on 7/27/2010 12:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that you simply refill the generators gas tank, and continue your trip. With this car you never actually have to plug it in. You just have the option to if you want the 40 electric only miles.


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By EasyC on 7/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By priusone on 7/27/2010 2:42:38 PM , Rating: 1
Long distance traveling on a $41,000 electric vehicle? I'm sure an owner of a VOLT will also have a secondary vehicle.

When I bought my laptop, it came with an extra box to wireless sync my TV with it, which has come in handy, a few times. Since we as a culture are not used to plugging in a car, having the ability to fall back on a generator will come in extremely handy, plus, the few times that the EV may be taken for a 350 mile trip, hey, I'm glad I got that generator, eh.


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By Gungel on 7/27/2010 3:06:55 PM , Rating: 1
Dude really? Why should the electric motor suddenly slow you down when the gas generator reloads the batteries?


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By clovell on 7/27/2010 3:28:00 PM , Rating: 1
Acceleration is slated to be on par with the Civic Si.


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By Spuke on 7/28/2010 11:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Acceleration is slated to be on par with the Civic Si.
Actually, no it's not. 0-60 in 9 seconds.


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By clovell on 7/29/2010 4:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, yeah - 8.9 was what I turned up. Si does it in... 7.1? 7.9?


RE: Whenever, Whereever?
By namechamps on 7/27/2010 1:45:11 PM , Rating: 5
Idiot.

How about you read about the Volt.

quote:
Can it take me from Arizona to Florida? How many charging stations are there in that route?


Yes & 0.

The volt has a gasoline generator that recharges battery bank for extended driving. I mean I am not saying the Volt if for everyone but if you are going to have an opinion is it too much to ask that it be an informed opinion?


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