GM Gets Consumers Charged Up for the Chevy Volt

Electric cars — By on April 28, 2010 at 6:19 am
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I'd love one of these Chevy Volts in my driveway this fall

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.

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Chevy Volt on display at the Earth Day Climate Rally

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.”

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Chevy Volt arrives for the general public in November 2010

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.

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8 Comments

  1. Nick says:

    I am also excited about the volt. It is another step in the right direction but we will still have a long way to go. My problem is we (US) still have the idea that the car battery you buy in an electric car should last the life of the car. We need to take note of companies like Better Place. They created a system to create battery switching stations to get a new charged battery like you would get a full tank of gas. It started in Israel but just launched in Tokyo.

    http://www.betterplace.com/

    again thanks for another great posting

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the comment Nick – I’m familiar with Better Place too. We’ll do a follow up post with more information on electric vehicle options. Best, Stephanie

  3. Tara says:

    Another great one Steph! Chevy Volt definitely is on my radar as a future car possibility. And I do love the battery switching stations too…wouldn’t it be nice to see those as part of any gas station? :)

  4. Stephanie says:

    I love the battery switching stations! They work almost as quickly as filling up your gas tank. I can’t remember if I’ve done a post on them (there are some cool vids), but will have to double check. So much info on electric vehicles, it could probably support an entire new blog :)

  5. Khadgars says:

    The Battery life for the Chevy Volt is estimated to be at 10 years/ 150,000 miles. That is more than enough life expectancy to not need battery switching stations. After 10 years, replacing the battery will be extremely cheap, so believe Chevy is going in the right direction. If there is issues with life expectancy, they can simply lease the battery to Volt owners, allowing the switching for the battery when ever it went bad.

    The problem with Better Place, is that you can not switch out a battery as complicated as the Volts and Leaf for that matter, in a few minuets. It would require specialized workers with specific tools in order too do so, Better Place is only for very basic electric vehicles that use old, NiMH or even lead acid batteries, non of which will be used in the EV’s of the future.

    In any case I’m very excited for the Volt as well, if they get the price right I think it will be a game changer.

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