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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 apinkel on 10/7/2010 1:31:59 PM , Rating: 0
I agree with this comment. I think the volt is the only viable "Green" vehicle currently under development.

Full EV's are completely impractical for anyone except a small group of people who can afford multiple vehicles (given today's current limites on battery and capacitor capacity and charge times... you gotta have another vehicle in the garage to get an EV).

Current gen hybrids are very reliant on the ICE. If gas goes to $6/gallon the entire car would need to be re-designed from the ground up to move to an alternate energy source. Not so with the volt... just replace the ICE with hydrogen, next gen battery tech, etc., there's no need to replace the drivetrain.

Not to mention, from the reviews/test drives I've seen the volt actually looks like it might be fun to drive.

I have no problem giving up my ICE based car... but I better have a vehicly I enjoy driving. Also I have no desire to drive something as ugly as a prius (sorry to all you prius owners... but what were they thinking?).


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.


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