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By Nick Chambers ·
July 27, 2010

Chevy Volt MSRP is $41,000, But Will Lease For Same Price as Nissan LEAF

GM used the stage at Plugin 2010 this morning to let the long-awaited cat out of the bag: the Chevrolet Volt will start at a base price of $41,000 when it goes on sale at the end of this year. And, although most of the world will surely report on how the Volt MSRP of $41,000 puts it out of the reach of most average consumers, and that the Nissan LEAF, at a base MSRP of $32,780, is clearly the hand down winner of the pricing wars... that's not the real story here. No, the real story is the fact that, if you lease the Volt, it will cost you the same as leasing a LEAF: $350 a month for 3 years. That certainly makes things interesting, doesn't it?

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 22, 2010

Will the Volt Be Priced to Wow?

With a pricing announcement for the Chevy Volt expected by the end of the summer, General Motors needs to weigh many factors in determining how much it will ask consumers to pay for its first-generation plug-in hybrid sedan. Sunk costs, low volume and still-expensive production mean that making a profit on the first model year of the car is very unlikely. But how much of a loss does will GM endure to make the Volt a success?

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 19, 2010

The Volt's Electrifying New Advertising

With the release of the Chevrolet Volt comes the challenge of building its brand and convincing consumers that the Volt is not only the car of the future, but the car of "now." So what does General Motors want America to know about its revolutionary new automobile?

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 19, 2010

'Annoyed' Leno Defends Volt Comments

In a phone interview with Detroit News reporter Robert Snell last week, Tonight Show host and renown auto obsessive Jay Leno, made some comments about the Chevrolet Volt that likely caused a bit of a stir within General Motors' public relations department. "I don't think there's a lot of cachet in having the first one," Leno told Snell. "It's meant to be a people mover, not a people impresser."

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By Brad Berman ·
July 17, 2010

Why The Chevy Volt Doesn’t Qualify for California $5,000 Rebate

Unfortunately, the Chevy Volt—one of the star plug-in cars—will not receive the coveted $5,000 California rebate because the vehicle does not qualify as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV). The lack of a $5,000 rebate will put the Volt at a cost disadvantage compared to the Nissan LEAF and other pure zero-emision cars. This could put other plug-in hybrids at distinct disadvantage compared to electric cars. What is the California Air Resources Board thinking? That's a tough question, but I'll give it a guess.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 16, 2010

Obama Checks Out the Chevy Volt

President Barack Obama got his first chance to sit behind the wheel of a production-ready Chevy Volt during a visit to Compact Power's new plant in Holland, Mich. yesterday. The President was there promoting the green jobs highlights of the 2009 Recovery Act, which provided part of the funding for the new Compact Power plant, which will provide battery packs for the Volt.

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 15, 2010

Peek Inside Volt Battery Reveals Careful Development

Autoblog was lucky enough to sneak a peek inside General Motors' Brownstown facility in Michigan, even getting the chance to scrutinize the internals of the new Chrevrolet Volt battery pack.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 15, 2010

Official EPA Chevy Volt Fuel Economy Rating May Not be Decided Until Launch

Who would've thought that the trickiest part of the Chevy Volt launch would turn out to be how to rate its fuel economy? Nonetheless, that appears to be the track were on ahead of the Volt's official release in November.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 14, 2010

California Gives Plug-in Drivers HOV Access

A new class of privileged drivers is about to emerge thanks to California Assembly Bill 1500, which will give full HOV access to all Inherently Low Emissions Vehicles (or ILEV.) An unlimited number of new white HOV stickers will be issued beginning on January 1, 2011 and expire in 2015. That means all plug-in electrics, compressed natural gas vehicles and fuel cell vehicles will be getting the privileges once given to hybrids.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 14, 2010

Chevy Volt Will Have "Most Comprehensive" Warranty, Including 8 Years/100,000 Miles for Battery

The Chevy Volt will get what GM is calling "the most comprehensive vehicle warranty in the industry," including an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on the Volt's 16 kWh battery pack. The warranty will cover all 161 battery components, the liquid thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components. It is also transferable to other vehicle owners at no cost.

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