Chevrolet Volt price revealed: $41,000 MSRP

Starting today, Chevrolet dealers will begin taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle.

Starting today, Chevrolet dealers will begin taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle.

The price? $41,000 retail, before a tax credit of up to $7,500.

The vehicle will initially be available in California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Washington D.C.

The substantial tax credit drops the price of the vehicle down to $33,500 retail, but it's unclear if consumers will bite at such a high price point.

To be clear: this is a reasonable price point for an electric vehicle, but it's still steep for the average American family car. (To compare, a new BMW 328i starts at $36,200 MSRP.)

Chevrolet is touting the Volt's "extended-range" 16-kWh battery as its calling card, which is used exclusively up to the first 40 miles. Then, a gas-powered generator kicks in to give the battery more juice for another 300 miles.

Inside, tech amenities abound: a 7-in. touchscreen display for navigation, Bose audio, OnStar, eight air bags, electronic stability control and traction control.

The Volt will come with a 120-volt charge cord so you can plug it into a standard home electrical outlet next to your cell phone, if that's your thing. (Just kidding.)

The Volt's battery is backed by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, as well as:

  • 3-year / 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage
  • 5-year / 100,000-mile roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
  • 5-year/100,000-mile limited gas engine coverage
  • 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion protection coverage

Chevrolet also says 4,400 Volt buyers in launch markets could be eligible for a free 240-volt charging station, including home installation, thanks to a U.S. Dept. of Energy initiative.

How much is Nissan's new Leaf, by the way? Retail is $33,000 ...before subsidies.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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