Chevrolet announced the prices of the much awaited Volt, pricing the plug-in hybrid car at $41,000 .A federal tax credit can reduce the net cost of the Volt to $33,500, and a 36-month lease will be available for $350 a month with $2,500 due at the signing.
A basic Volt comes with Bluetooth and sat navigation but buyers can add leather seats and steering wheel, heated seats, rear camera, polished wheels and park assist.
Unlike conventional hybrids such as the Prius, the Volt’s petrol engine never powers the wheels and is only used to top the battery up after its 40-mile range has been exhausted.
Production of the Volt will begin in September, and the car will initially be sold in California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., G.M. said.
The Volt’s lithium-ion battery pack gives the car an emissions-free range of 40 miles. When the battery is depleted, a small petrol engine kicks in to run a generator that supplies electricity to the motor, extending the Volt’s range by 300 miles.
Deliveries won’t start until 2011 but impatient customers can pre-order their car online at www.getmyvolt.com
- 7″ LCD touch screen and 7″ digital reconfigurable LCD instrument cluster.
- Remote vehicle starter system preconditions the cabin.
- Bose® Energy Efficient sound system with six speakers and a subwoofer.
- 30 GB Hard Disk Drive for digital music storage.
- High feature Navigation includes voice recognition.
- XM Radio(11) with XM NavTraffic®/Weather with three trial months.
- OnStar®(12) with Directions and Connections Plan®(13) standard for five years.
- Industry-first “mobile apps” capabilities via a smartphone device or web.
- 8 standard air bags(14):
- Dual-stage front air bags for driver and front passenger, knee air bags, side-impact air bags and roof-rail air bags.
- Three-point seatbelts in front seating positions.
- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children) system – rear seats.
- 8-year/100,000 mile(15) battery warranty.
- Available leather-appointed seats.