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Chevrolet begins taking orders in all 50 US states for 2012 Volt; $1K drop in starting price

Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states in the US are now taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. The suggested retail price for the Volt will start at $39,995 (or $32,495 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, which is subject to the customer’s eligibility). The price includes an $850 destination freight charge but excludes tax, title and license fees. The starting price of the 2012 model is more than $1,000 below the 2011 base model.

The lower base price is possible in part because of a wider range of options and configurations that come with the expansion of Volt production for sale nationally, GM said. The 2011 model was available in just seven states and the District of Columbia. Chevrolet expects to build up to 45,000 Volts for retail and fleet customers in the United States during calendar year 2012.

For 2012, consumers will be able to choose from a total of seven option packages compared with only three for the 2011 model. A loaded Volt, with leather appointments, backup camera, navigation system and premium paint and wheels is priced at $46,265 including delivery ($38,765 net of full tax credit). The Volt will be available in two additional interior accents (white and spiced red) and two new exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic).

New features for 2012 include:

  • Standard keyless access with passive locking; the car automatically locks and unlocks with the key fob in close proximity of vehicle.
  • OnStar Turn by Turn navigation standard for three years, and available in-dash navigation system.
  • Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones (late availability).
  • Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display.
  • Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts (late availability).

Chevrolet will continue to offer an eight-year/100,000-mile* limited warranty on the Volt’s 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, plus:

  • Three-year/36,000-mile* bumper-to-bumper coverage
  • Five-year/100,000-mile* roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
  • Five-year/100,000-mile* limited gas engine coverage
  • Six-year/100,000-mile* corrosion protection coverage.

The Volt offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full change.



and people today complain about the Volt seating 4 vs 5.. imagine what they would say about a 2 seater with limited range..

"The Leaf, for $25,000, is just way too much money for a commuter car."

Its about average (maybe $1-2k more) for a compact (but the Leaf is a midsize) equivalently equipped car, but with much lower fueling costs and with the convenience of no oil changes and home refueling.. perfect 2nd car for a LOT of people. I wish they would strip it and lower the cost still more. You may be comparing it to a used 2 year old Toyota, hard to beat that.

Average transaction cost for a new car in the US is about $30k.


True, a 2 seater has virtually zero appeal in the US market.

The Insight-I sounds almost ideal. But it's gone.

But wait, even the traditional pickup holds only 2, right?

Nope; #1. Pickups ALMOST ALWAYS hold 4 or 5 people (as if a 2 place pickup is not heavy enough) and #2. The EV1 was an expensive brick (the world abandoned the idea and GM made/leased it only because of the CARB zero-emission vehicle mandate).

Nobody wants a 2 seater (for reasons not totally clear to me). But no one in the whole world makes/sells a significant number in the US.

Would I buy one - well sure, No wait; if it cost half as much as a 4 seater. umm? well no, even then probably not.

Even 4 place EVs - Even today - are still just a bit too expensive; but getting closer.

2 seaters (except PUs) have no chance and have always been insignificant in America, and don't hold your breath.


With more than 10 two seat models selling more than 100,000 units per year combined, that is not zero. Now struggling to sell 10,000 EVs per year, that may be considered close to zero.


100,000 cheap 2 seat ICE powered vehicles?
Significant quantity? NO.

Are they EVs? No. So who cares?

Where's the Aptera?

If the Aptera has significant sales in 2013 (fat chance) does it mean the EV1 was relevant in 2003?

Of course not.

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