Chevrolet Volt pricing announced

5 Jul, 2011 12:04pm Paul Bond

Government grant means that prices for the Chevrolet Volt will start at £28,545 when it goes on sale early next year

One of the first of a new breed of range-extender electric vehicles, the innovative Chevrolet Volt will cost from £28,545 on the road when it reaches UK showrooms in spring next year.

That price includes the additional £5,000 discount provided by the government's electric vehicle grant, but still places it well above all-electric rivals like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-Miev in terms of overall price.

Read our First UK Drive of the Chevrolet Volt here

However, the Volt is a bigger car than both of these competitors, and uses both petrol and electric power for a combined range of over 400 miles - removing the threat of range anxiety for prospective buyers.

The American brand made the pricing annoucement at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was continuing the celebrations of its centenary year, and both the Volt and forthcoming Camaro Convertible took runs up the famous hill route circuit.


Read our Goodwood drive of the new Convertible here

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This looks like the best effort yet for a real Green car, but the price will mean only the rich can wave the green flag. Surley Governments can exempt these cars from import tax etc to make them more cost effective or will this affect the bribes from oil companies and thus affect election outcomes. This planet is doomed unless someone with balls takes serious action and ignores the demands from oil compaines!

Chevy Volt is a superb piece of Engineering, but l dont think the British taxpayer should foot the bill for these cars, they should sell on merit at cost price to greenies that want them.

1,000 Volt sales costs Britains taxpayer £5,000,000

10,000 Volt sales cost Britains taxpayers £50 million pounds

Rest of the UK suffer austerity this giveaway is immoral.

Surely this is just a development of hybrid technology which doesn't, or shouldn't, qualify for the £5000 subsidy?
This car has obviously been engineered to appeal to business users who couldn't cope with having to plan journeys to stay within the range of all-electric vehicles. As such and given the way some businesses delight in every form of tax avoidance, surely they don't deserve the rebate whether they qualify or not. Existing electric powered cars are perfectly adequate for drivers whose journeys are well within the limits of battery technology as it exists today. I wish the Volt success and its Ampera cousin as well. However, in the true sense of the word it is not a fully electric vehicle and shouldn't, in my humble opinion, qualify for the grant.

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