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July 27, 2010

Customers can now place an order for the Chevrolet Volt

Customers can now place an order for the Chevrolet Volt

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For those in the U.S. looking to be the first to get their hands on the Chevrolet Volt GM has announced that it is now taking orders for the vehicle that is due at the end of the year. The Volt will initially be available to customers in California, New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, Michigan, Connecticut and New Jersey, but will be available nationwide in about 12-18 months from the start of production this winter.

The “extended range electric vehicle” (EREV) can travel up to 340 miles on a full battery and a tank of gas. Up to the first 40 miles the Volt is powered by electricity from the grid, after which the gasoline/E85 Ethanol-powered engine/generator kicks in to recharge the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery and extend the range an additional 300 miles.

GM says the Volt is designed to handle all climates and seasons, having been tested extensively to ensure it copes with the freezing winter temperatures of the Northeast as well as the scorching desert temperatures out West.

The car will come with a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles on all its 161 battery components, the thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components. It will also be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer five years of OnStar Directions and Connections service, which includes crash response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation, at no additional cost.

Additionally, the Chevrolet Connect mobile and web-based app by Onstar allows Volt owners to set the charge time, start the vehicle, track mileage, unlock the doors and other tasks from a smart phone or home computer.

And as an added incentive for customers to get in early, last month GM announced that early adopters in some cities would be eligible for one of 4,400 free home charging stations.

The Volt’s official MSRP is US$41,000 – which comes down to $33,500 (including DFC) after the $7,500 U.S. Federal income tax credit. GM is also offering a lease program with monthly repayments as low as $350 (based on a 36-month term lease and $2,500 down), which also includes a lease-to-buy option.

Those interested in placing an order can find more info here.

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10 Comments

It shall be interesting to see how it does at this price? I think it's a bit on the high side. :-)

mrhuckfin
28th July, 2010 @ 04:27 am PDT

At $41K you are retarded to buy this. With $7500 from the govt. we are retarded for keeping this retards in office. ~Government Motors /FAIL

Jonathan Carcopo
28th July, 2010 @ 07:03 am PDT

Don't appreciate your disparaging comments about retarded people JC. Ignorant, stupid, maybe, but retarded is totally different. You really show your ignorance with comments like that.

Fabian Rousset
28th July, 2010 @ 09:39 am PDT

Oooh! And MAYBE I'll be eligible for a FREE 220V charging system?

Wow! And all this for ONLY $41K?

Buh-bye GM. It was nice knowin' ya.

heldmyw
28th July, 2010 @ 10:18 am PDT

The Nissan Leaf is a simpler design that's much less expensive.

Looks like GM is going the Tesla/Toyota route of providing eco-friendly cars for the rich -- a much more lucrative market for their shareholders. Too bad GM killed their own more economical electric car eight years ago which was already being manufactured and leased in California. People loved them and were appalled to find out that GM crushed them all when they were forced to turn them in at the end of their lease period.

Even the Leaf is a bit pricey, but the cost should come down once they begin producing their next-gen batteries in the U.S. next year.

Photon
28th July, 2010 @ 10:19 am PDT

People hated the electric car in the past, they will hate it in the future. You can get an optional GAS engine put in it. OR you could just go buy a diesel and laugh at all the electric car owners 4 years from now when their batteries explode and GM won't replace them either because they are out of money or bankrupt. I only hope by then we will have a congress that will let this company DIE.

OH and the tax payers will pay $7500 to buy it, and GM won't make a penny off these cars in the end.

I wish the Rosen option was properly funded.

Michael Mantion
28th July, 2010 @ 11:29 am PDT

Talk about "late to the party". GM originally killed the EV and now they want back in...sorry, too little, too late! And what's with the 40 mile limitation for battery driving? That sucks! Only 40 miles on battery? Why so short a distance?

And sure $41k for the car...does this include the charging station? The Leaf has that as an extra cost...$19k! I wonder how much the Volt charging station will cost?

This announcement excites me not at all...meh.

Ed
28th July, 2010 @ 03:45 pm PDT

@ $41,000 and a 40 mile cruise range = poorly planned, poorly engineered, late to the market.

Good Luck with this one, hope y'all aren't planning on selling too many.

ejbisch
28th July, 2010 @ 06:16 pm PDT

FR, I DON'T appreciate your PC Facist Thought Police comments about "Retarded". IF they act and think like they are Retarded, MAYBE THEY ARE!!!

Don't try to CENSOR someone's thoughts and what words they can use. "Retarded" ISN'T a PROTECTED WORD.

You probably own one (or more) of these RETARDED cars.

1. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder; as, to retard the march of an army; to retard the motion of a ship; -- opposed to accelerate. [1913 Webster]

2. To put off; to postpone; as, to retard the attacks of old age; to retard a rupture between nations. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To impede; hinder; obstruct; detain; delay; procrastinate; postpone; defer. [1913 Webster]

Zebradog
30th July, 2010 @ 08:25 am PDT

What's wrong with electric cars I mean, they are Eco friendly and are good fuel efficient.

http://www.thegreenautos.com

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