• Jul 27th 2010 at 9:01AM
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At 9 am PDT this morning (noon EDT), General Motors marketing VP Joel Ewanick will be making an announcement at the Plug-In 2010 conference in San Jose, CA, about the sticker price and ordering process for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Later, at 1 pm PDT/4pm EDT, Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle and vehicle line director Tony Posawatz will be available to answer the inevitable questions that all of you have about the process. You can submit your questions and watch the live video webchat using the form the after the jump.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Having watch this never ending Volt story for a few years now, I still don't understand how it can be so expensive to make. It started at $30k, then quickly when to $35k and then "about" $40k. The battery pack is only good for 40 mile (most optimistic number) and it has a 1.4L I4. On top of that GM has stated that they will lose money on the 1st and 2nd gen Volt and don't expect to make any money onit until it's in its 3rd generation.

      On the other hand Nissan says it expects to make money on its 1st generation leaf which has more than twice the electric range and it sells for $32,780. The leaf does not come with a an I4, but Nissan was selling a 1.6L I4 for about $10k and they would throw in the remainder of the Versa for free, and make money on that car also.

      Why can't Government Motors price the Volt well below $40 and still make money? It should cost no more than $30K.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I guess it has to do with the fact that they are adding 16kWh worth of batteries plus they have relatively expensive cooling system for keeping them at the right temperature and they have the additional cost of the ICE system.

        I guess when it's all put together, and including their high end warranty, they are going to be expensive.

        Nissan on the other hand seems to be gambling that going as cheap as possible and assuming battery prices will come down if they have to replace them later, etc will be the way to go.

        I think that the average consumer has clearly shown that they would rather have a cheap up front price and deal with "all that other crap" later. If this wasn't true, they wouldn't freak out about paying extra for an EV now and hope that the TCO would balance out over the life of the car. Nope, people want the quick easy fix.

        I think Nissan's strategy will get them the most market share and they will just hope they can weather the storm later if it causes problems.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Agreed, but lets not forget the government intervention came after GM was in trouble. The Volt could have been a much tighter project. But the mistakes of the past, belong in the past, if GM can only profit with the third iteration of the car, then so be it. The Volt is worthwhile.
        • 8 Months Ago
        "I think that the average consumer has clearly shown that they would rather have a cheap up front price and deal with "all that other crap" later. "

        Interesting how the domestics were criticized in the past for catering to customers who want everything cheap (and it hurt their )credibility, but now the imports are doing it. Meanwhile, the domestic manufacturers are putting an emphasis on long-term durability.
        • 8 Months Ago
        You're neglecting a lot of things, namely development costs. There's a lot more that goes into developing a completely new vehicle architecture than just raw materials.
      • 8 Months Ago
      41k! morons!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope that rumor of a $40k price going around this morning is not true. I was hoping they would have it around $35k before the tax incentives.
        • 8 Months Ago
        That would be very anti-climatic as well considering $40k has been the rumored price for the past year and a half.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I understand the Volt is all about aerodynamic, but the strong GM design language is clearly stated. Can we expect a different design in the future? I see lots of Automakers hiring Italian design firms to sex up their models, is GM open to this? to up their sex-appeal?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can we ask GM what the mileage is when the vehicle is in range extending mode?
      • 8 Months Ago
      What no archive of questions & answers? Webchat Fail.
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