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Published on July 27th, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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GM Prices Volt At $41,000 Before Incentives, Pre-Ordering Begins Today

There has been so much speculation surrounding the Chevy Volt’s eventual price, that I’m just going to cut to the chase. GM has placed an official price on the Chevy Volt, its plug-in hybrid with a 40 mile all-electric range: $41,000. That is before any tax incentives, like the $7,500 Federal tax credit, (which would take the price down to about $33,500). This is pretty much what everybody was guessing the Volt would cost, so is it really any surprise?

The Volt will come with lots of standard features as well as add-ons, to a top-price of around $44,000. Even with tax incentives, the four-passenger Volt will be about $8,000-10,000 more than its nearest competitor, the Nissan LEAF. Yet GM says there is”no competitor”. O RLY?

Is there really no comparable competitor? GM does have a point; the LEAF has an expected range under optimal conditions of 100 miles on all-electric power. That is pretty good for a $25,000 car (after incentives) but it then needs between four and eight hours to go another 100 miles. The Volt can just top the gas tank off and has an estimated range of about 340 miles, 40 of which would be on just electricity. Plus, the Volt will supposedly be “loaded” with technology, have an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack, and a 5-year subscription to GM’s “Direction and Connection” OnStar service, which is a $1,500 value. Numerous Smartphone applications will even allow you to turn on the Volt’s air conditioning from your office so the car is nice and cool when you get in.

All of this sounds fine and dandy. But $41,000 for a Chevy Sedan? I guess that is the trend of things these days. Ford has an almost $40,000 Taurus SHO, and Dodge has has four-door sedans knocking on the $40,000 door for the better part of the past decade. It will be interesting to see how fast the pre-orders fill up, especially since Chevy is producing just 10,000 cars for 2011. The intial roll-out will include California, Washington D.C., Connecticut (yay!), and New Jersey. And if $41,000 seems like a lot to spend on a Chevy, you can lease it for $350 a month with $2,500 due at signing. That is comparable to the LEAF, which will lease for $349 a month with $1,999 due at signing.

Would you spend $41,000 on the Volt, or lease it, or skip it altogether and go for something else?

Source: Green Car Advisor | Picture: GM

Chris DeMorro is a car enthusiast, blogger, and all-around crazy man who is as passionate about hybrids as he is about Hemis. You can follow his constant misadventures at Three Months In A Mustang.




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  • Alex

    Leaf FTW. I’m done with american cars. it’s always been light at the end of the tunnel with them, but the tunnel is never ending. they should add another incentive on there since they were bailed out by the american people

  • Alex

    Leaf FTW. I’m done with american cars. it’s always been light at the end of the tunnel with them, but the tunnel is never ending. they should add another incentive on there since they were bailed out by the american people

  • Will

    I’m afraid the Volt has been over-hyped for too long and will be obsolete by the time Chevy rolls out its first batch. I’d buy the Leaf. Or, if I could afford a Volt at $41,000, I’d spend the next year saving the extra $8,000 to buy a Tesla S when they come out.

  • Will

    I’m afraid the Volt has been over-hyped for too long and will be obsolete by the time Chevy rolls out its first batch. I’d buy the Leaf. Or, if I could afford a Volt at $41,000, I’d spend the next year saving the extra $8,000 to buy a Tesla S when they come out.

  • Chris O

    I wonder who would actually buy the Volt. Mainstream consumers won’t touch it because at double the price of the very similar 40MPG Chevy Cruze the numbers just don’t add up for the calculating motorist. People who for ideological reason’s would pay extra for a new energy vehicle will probably resent the fact that there is still an ICE on board. Furthermore it isn’t too clear why people would fork out an extra $8500 compared to the Leaf for a range extender since most households already own one: the other car(s) in the household they can use for those longer trips.

    Of course the lease deal is a different thing altogether. In fact it’s so cheap compared to buying that it seems obvious that GM is a lot more interested in leasing EV’s than selling them. Sounds eerily familiar..

  • Chris O

    I wonder who would actually buy the Volt. Mainstream consumers won’t touch it because at double the price of the very similar 40MPG Chevy Cruze the numbers just don’t add up for the calculating motorist. People who for ideological reason’s would pay extra for a new energy vehicle will probably resent the fact that there is still an ICE on board. Furthermore it isn’t too clear why people would fork out an extra $8500 compared to the Leaf for a range extender since most households already own one: the other car(s) in the household they can use for those longer trips.

    Of course the lease deal is a different thing altogether. In fact it’s so cheap compared to buying that it seems obvious that GM is a lot more interested in leasing EV’s than selling them. Sounds eerily familiar..

  • douglas prince

    GM dropped the ball on this one. Priced more than the Leaf, less than half the electric range, and it’s “release” is a paltry 10,000 units.

    These waterheads never intend to get into the altfuel vehicle market. They’ll crank out the same gas-chugging crap they have for a hundred years until the entire board of directors collectively dies of a massive syphillis infection.

    Worthless whores, we should’ve never bailed them out. I just feel sorry for the worker who may be stuck with these scumbuckets.

  • douglas prince

    GM dropped the ball on this one. Priced more than the Leaf, less than half the electric range, and it’s “release” is a paltry 10,000 units.

    These waterheads never intend to get into the altfuel vehicle market. They’ll crank out the same gas-chugging crap they have for a hundred years until the entire board of directors collectively dies of a massive syphillis infection.

    Worthless whores, we should’ve never bailed them out. I just feel sorry for the worker who may be stuck with these scumbuckets.

  • Choralsinger

    The price, before incentives, of $41,000 is not surprising. The first years production of 10,000 units will be sold out quickly. For such a revolutionary car, the develope process has been sound. As battery technology evolves the all electric range can be increased and costs will decrease.

  • Choralsinger

    The price, before incentives, of $41,000 is not surprising. The first years production of 10,000 units will be sold out quickly. For such a revolutionary car, the develope process has been sound. As battery technology evolves the all electric range can be increased and costs will decrease.

  • Johnny_balls

    Chris some some people will not want to own 2 cars in which the volt fulfills those needs.

  • Johnny_balls

    Chris some some people will not want to own 2 cars in which the volt fulfills those needs.

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