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Chevrolet Volt  (Source: truthaboutdomestics.com)

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Installation costs an estimated $1,475

The Chevrolet 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.

Now, Chevrolet has released information regarding the cost of their Voltec 240V home charging station, which is set at $490Nissan released figures awhile ago regarding their home charging stations, which are set at $2,200 for the 220V including installation. 

The $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.

Chevrolet 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.

While 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.  

Electric 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 recently revised to 25-50 miles) with a gasoline engine providing an additional 300 miles, and the Leaf's ability to travel 100 miles on a single charge.



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EV or Hybrid?
By cochiloco1524 on 10/7/2010 12:42:05 PM , Rating: -1
I've been reading articles and reports on the Chevy Volt for years now. There's been enormous hype regarding the vehicle, about how revolutionary it is. Maybe I'm wrong but isn't it basically a Plug in Hybrid, not a full on EV like it is seemingly marketed as. I don't think 25-50 miles will satisfy most peoples commutes, and at that point you're using a conventional gas engine.

Does anyone else agree that this marketing and subsequent schmoozing by the press is all bull...???

Where's the mention of Tesla (although a niche at this point, they really are leading the field), no major praise for the Leaf.....




RE: EV or Hybrid?
By axeman1957 on 10/7/2010 12:57:02 PM , Rating: 4
The thing that is truly different about the Volt is it is a series hybrid, rather than a parallel hybrid. It does have a "feature" of driving without using any gas for "up to 50 miles" but after that you get roughly 50 MPG out of a gas hybrid.

The architecture of a series hybrid is the ultimate end result. if you think of the gas generator and batteries as a black box power plant, nothing else on the car will ever really need to change as new power supplies and batteries are discovered / improved.

The Volt is not without its cluster f*** moments, but honestly, it is a far better step in the right direction than other hybrids.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By apinkel on 10/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: EV or Hybrid?
By axeman1957 on 10/7/2010 2:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly if you figure your power to charge your EV is comming from coal, NG, or even nuke, all you are really doing is moving the power plan inside your car, and therefore removing a step. EVs dont stop your use of fosil fuels, so people should really stop getting hung up on that point. Once Tony stark makes pocket sized arc reactors, we can swap out our IC generators with no change to the rest of the drivetrain.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By dubldwn on 10/7/2010 1:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Well, it's called a "series hybrid," but it is a full on EV. The ICE never turns the wheels; it is there solely to charge the battery, which for many of us would be a requirement for purchase as it removes range anxiety. Now, the ICE they are using is the subject of another debate…
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I don't think 25-50 miles will satisfy most peoples commutes

The 40 mile range captures 75% of people’s commutes.
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Does anyone else agree that this marketing and subsequent schmoozing by the press is all bull...???

Yes.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Nutzo on 10/7/10, Rating: -1
RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Spuke on 10/7/2010 2:19:10 PM , Rating: 3
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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.
I would think it would be easier to plug in than to fill a car with gas. Just saying.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By walk2k on 10/7/2010 2:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
You plug it in EVERY day... when you park it in your garage.

The 40 mile range covers over 90% of american's commute - if you figure that's 1-way, and you can charge it at work. Obviously that will only become a good option for a lot of people when charging stations start popping up everywhere...


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Nutzo on 10/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: EV or Hybrid?
By acase on 10/7/2010 3:50:43 PM , Rating: 4
Pretty sure I can plug/unplug a car 100 times before you can fill it with gas.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Shadowmaster625 on 10/8/2010 8:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Right. The fact that some americans are so lazy they cannot even conceptualize doing something as simple as plugging in a cord! Here's a question for anyone who thinks it might be too much work to plug in a cord: Do you wear a seatbelt? Or is that too much work to plug in? Do you charge your phone? Do you use a key on your door? All of these things are more complicated than plugging a charging cord into a Volt. Yet we do them without much thought.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Ghost42 on 10/7/2010 1:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
The main difference between the Volt & the Leaf/Tesla is that the Volt has an onboard ICE generator. All 3 are propelled by electric motors as their only means of propulsion.

Get rid of the ICE and pack in more batteries in it's place and the Volt pretty much the same as the Leaf/Tesla.

There is nothing revolutionary about it though to be honest. With the first automobiles using the series hybrid design showing up around 1899-1906.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Spuke on 10/7/2010 2:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
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With the first automobiles using the series hybrid design showing up around 1899-1906.
Didn't know that. Interesting. Can you post a link? I'd be interested in knowing how they handled that.


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Ghost42 on 10/7/2010 8:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
Here you go. Even has the original Patent drawings.

http://www.hybridcars.com/history/100th-anniversar...


RE: EV or Hybrid?
By Spuke on 10/7/2010 11:21:05 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks much!!


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