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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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By sleepeeg3 on 10/7/2010 2:15:23 PM , Rating: 2
25 mile all-electic limitation... $41000 cost... $2200 for the 220v power station. So for $43k+ for the base model ($35,700 after $7.5k is stolen from taxpayers), you will get a plug in hybrid that can only go around 25 miles from a company that has been bailed out twice and we recently subsidized by giving them another $52 billion. What a deal.

How much does this overhyped vehicle really cost us?

Buy a Ford Fusion Hybrid, if you want a hybrid. Even with the ridiculous tax subsidy the Volt gets, it is a better deal and supports the last American car company that has yet to steal money from taxpayers.

By rcc on 10/7/2010 2:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
And you don't see any difference between the government spending money on something everyone uses, vs something for a specific person?

I'm sorry.

By Nutzo on 10/7/2010 3:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
There's a huge difference.

In the first case you are using gas and car taxes to build or maintain roads for everyone to use (the common good).

In the second case you are giving tax money to individuals who buy a specific car. It's made even worse since the car's design and even the company has already been subsidized with taxpayers money.

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