Quick – which figure in the picture above is a model?
If you answered the sleek, silver Chevy Volt (shown to the right), you’d be right! I had to take a closer look at the much anticipated electric car while attending the Earth Day Climate Rally in Washington, D.C. last weekend. Even my sports-car loving husband envied the lines and look of the GM Chevy Volt! Believe me, if we were in the market for a new car, this one would likely top the list… though I’d still have to test drive it, first.
GM is getting consumers charged up for the Chevy Volt’s introduction to the public in November 2010. That’s when you’ll be able to get the 2011 car that has been making headlines for the past three years.
After waiting quite a long time, consumers are finally starting to get some concrete answers about the 2011 Chevy Volt.
We look a peek at the sticker on the model on display on the Mall. Although there was not a listed price, GM’s rep stated that a new Chevy Volt would run approximately $30-40,000 MSRP. Yet, if you decide to purchase one of these electric cars, you’ll be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit! (a credit goes directly towards your total tax bill and is a more realistic reflection of tax impact than a deduction).
GM’s rep also confirmed for us that you can recharge the Volt in about 8 hours with a standard 150V outlet, or in less than 3 hours with a 250V outlet and circuit breaker (often found in standard garages for hot water heaters or washer/dryers ).
The range is approximately 40 miles on a single charge, which should be plenty for most U.S. commuters (each way). And, even if you need to travel farther than that, you won’t need to pull over to recharge. The Chevy Volt includes a range-extending gas generator that produces enough energy keep the car going for hundreds of miles on a single tank of gas. Speaking of gas mileage… depending on how frequently you plug in the car to re-charge, you can expect a range of 100+ miles or more!
I know – I know… you’re most concerned about cost, right? Consider this information from the official website:
“Electricity is an extremely affordable way to power a car — the average American pays less than 12 cents per kilowatt hour. If the average American drives less than 40 miles, it will cost about a dollar a day for electricity. That’s about the same annual cost as running a common household appliance. To save even more, some utility companies recommend charging overnight for off-peak rates and may even offer incentives to customers who do so.”
With zero tailpipe emissions, even if you charge up the Chevy Volt with coal-based electricity, its more environmentally-friendly than driving a gas guzzler. That also means that you’ll be using locally-produced energy, rather than foreign oil supplies.
Of course, for those of us that have solar panels on our homes or garages, or can recharge at a solar-powered park and ride facility or garage, the advantages of an EV over gas, hybrid or diesel cars are increased even more!
With the upcoming roll-out of new 2011 models across the board, stay tuned for much more information. If GM successfully gets consumers charged up for the Chevy Volt, it could truly be the start of a new driving revolution.