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


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