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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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Need a standard charging unit/interface
By chmilz on 10/7/2010 12:47:41 PM , Rating: 5
It's cellular/laptop chargers all over again.

Come on industry, pick one standard and roll it out. You're not competing with each other for EV sales, you're competing with gasoline, which has had a single standard for decades. Every pump can fill every car.

Grow some brains already.

RE: Need a standard charging unit/interface
By Darkefire on 10/7/2010 3:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
More than just a charging specification, they need a battery specification to go with it. If electric is ever going to get a permanent foothold they'll need to replace gas stations with battery swap stations, since that's the only way people will be able to take long-distance trips with their cars.

By blueboy09 on 10/7/2010 9:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree with you Darkfire, but here's the reality: What is the total cost for the consumers? Think about it: If x amount of costs go in a single one of these portable batteries plus how many is available to the consumer (which i consider is going to be quite a few, since so many cars a day go through gasoline a given day as it is), then those costs are going to be passed down to the consumer and they are going to pay x amount based on the amount of each of these chargers, which I guarantee is going to be at a premium. Remember, a seller is not going to even consider the cost if it's too ridiculous, which makes me wonder in the first place if this could be a reality. I'm sure red tape would play in this especially if the government has any foothold in this. I'm not thinking pessimisticly, but you have to think about this in all the angles possible for it to successful so that consumer will come back time and time because it's cheap and it works. Remember, if it doesn't have capitalism in it's works, it's screwed anyways (the US of A wallows in this). Just my thoughts. - BLUEBOY

By Gungel on 10/7/2010 3:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
They already have a standard plug for ev's:

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