GM has just announced US pricing for its great green hope, the Chevy Volt. The part-electric, part-petrol, not-quite-hybrid car will have a list price of $41,000 (£26,300). Pricing in the UK, where the Chevy Volt will be known as the, is still to be confirmed.
The Volt, being a low-emissions vehicle, will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit designed to encourage consumer uptake. This will reduce the car's asking price to a fairly reasonable $33,500 (£21,000). Assuming that price conversion is an indication of what the car will cost in the UK, it'd make the Volt nearly £2,000 cheaper than the high-end ., which retails for £22,960 in Britain
Significantly, the Volt undercuts its all-electric rival, the, by almost £2,000. This should, we imagine, be enough to convince consumers the Volt is a better option. The car can run for around 40 miles on electrical power alone, and its on-board petrol motor can extend its range by a further 310 miles. The Leaf, in contrast, has a maximum range of 100 miles per charge, and a recharge time of 8 hours from a 200V outlet.
As if to reinforce its advantages over pure electric cars, the Volt's British cousin, the Vauxhall Ampera, recently broke the record for the. On 22 June, Vauxhall gathered a group of specially selected drivers to take the car from its Luton HQ to its passenger car plant in Cheshire -- a journey of over 170 miles.
The first deliveries of the Volt are expected in 2011, though if you live in the US and fancy pre-ordering one now, you can register your interest at getmyvolt.com. In the meantime, don't forget to watch or, if you're into pure-electric motoring, take a look our list of the .
Update: We've clarified how we compared the prices of each vehicle mentioned.