• Oct 5, 2010

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV has a base MSRP of $41,000. For most Americans who buy one, this can be reduced by $7,500 thanks to a federal tax rebate. Additionally, some buyers will be able to take advantage of state or local government incentives that will drop the after-rebate price below $33,500, like the 2,500 Detroiters who can get free installers and a $40 flat monthly rate from DTE Energy. The people with the absolute cheapest entry point for a new Volt, though, could be those in Lansing, Michigan.

That's because the local utility, Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), will offer incentives that match the $7,500 from the feds. According to the Lansing State Journal, the incentive is, "a $7,500 cash rebate to the first 25 buyers of the Volt in BWL's service area and install high-speed charging stations for those who make the list." The financial assistance comes from a $750,000 grant from the federal government that is meant to promote electric vehicles in mid-Michigan. BWL will also buy two Volts for its own use with the money.

The bad news? This amazing deal is limited to the just 25 people, and it doesn't seem to include any other plug-in vehicle (why no Nissan Leaf love?). If you're only helping 25 people, why not just buy some Volts to give away? In any case, it's a pretty sweet deal, and we would be surprised if other local governments are working on similar programs with their own federal grant money. Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to go make a phone call.



Photos copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Lansing State Journal]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 18 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      where is that $7,500 coming from?
      from non-beneficiaries'(such as myself) pocket?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why no Leaf love?
      Because while the CAW claims their labor force produces cars with good quality, deep inside they know that's a bunch of PR BS and they're afraid of competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This amazing deal is limited to the just 25 people, and it doesn't seem to include any other plug-in vehicle (why no Nissan Leaf love?)."

      We are talking about Lansing, Michigan here people, birth place of Oldsmobile and home to a number of General Motors plants. Why give incentives to purchase a foreign competitor's car? I mean, would Nashville, Torrence, CA or Marysville, OH do the same for the Big 3??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people are going to figure out how to hot wire that charger circuit to power the rest of their household items for the $40 flat rate?

      I can see it now..........some guy running his home machine shop with A/C blasting on max. Spark up your welders!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The volt uses 8 kWh of electricity to fully charge the battery. Electricity costs about $0.10 per kWh.

        Doing some math, you need to drive 2000 miles/month to break even on the $40 flat rate. I doubt many people will reach that level so it's not such a bargain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I should point out per an analysis I just read you could fully charge a Volt in Michigan (using the average statewide electrical price) every day in a month for less than $40 ($34.50 actually). So, I guess the utility companies aren't going to miss this opportunity to charge a premium for electricity to those who are willing to pay a premium for a plug in electric car either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, federal grants! That's not real money that costs anyone anything! It's free!

        And such a good cause, anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm more curious to know if a typical Volt actually uses more than $40 a month in electricity?

        A Volt or other electric car won't look like much a bargain when the local electric companies know you have one and effectively decide to charge you a premium for having one.

        Frankly, I don't see how it's any business of the local electric company what you're using the electricity you're buying from them for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Why no leaf love?"

      Because obviously Nissan isn't as politically connected as GM?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lansing is a GM town. There are multiple GM plants in the area. GM is a major BWL customer.

        No Nissans for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a sedan version of the Pontiac Aztec.
      With looks like that (and abysmal range)Obama's Government Motors will have to put some taxpayer funded incentives on the hood
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in the BWL service area in East Lansing. This is tempting!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess many find this Re-volting.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why no Leaf love? Because it is their way of saying buy American.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was trying to understand your point until u said "vaporVolt" and honduh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It should be noted that the $7,500 tax credit will cost the American Taxpayer approximately $225 per year in interest on the debt we have to incur due to the deficit spending that will be used to cover this credit. And if that $7,500 isn't paid in full, the interest increases.

      There is no reason why Government Motors cannot simply take the money we already have wasted on them that they are sitting on (and for which we are already paying $1.5 billion in interest charges to cover) to reduce the price of the VaporVolt by $7,500 and to save the American taxpayer from having to cover GMC twice.

      There is also no compelling case to purchase the VaporVolt on operational savings - after you factor in comparisons to the Ford Fusion hybrid, the Toyoduh or Honduh hybrids, you will never in the life of the vehicle save enough money with the VaporVolt over those other vehicles. Never.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree with Jj

        This is first gen, and I think for a first gen they've done remarkably well on fit/finish as well as a price point.

        Consider where things will be a few gens in. Better tech, lower price.

        This is the start of something big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care about first adopters, if they want to pay more for the thing.

        I care about federal money being stolen from american people to pay the service charges on the debt that this has accrued.

        This is printed, borrowed, and stolen money.

        If you want a Volt... and you want to charge it with grid power. DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF.

        GM can offer incentives... private enterprise power companies can offer incentives. That is their business.

        However, they are giving incentives with FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS, or more accurately, federal DEBT dollars, that are going to exacerbate tax liability even more.

        It isn't other americans' jobs to pay for your fancy new redundant-drive car. Nobody is giving me squat to get a new car, I just have to PAY my taxes, which last year, was enough that I could have bought a very nice used car, which re-using and maximizing the useful life of a used car is more resource efficient than building ANY new vehicle, let alone one full of lithium batteries.
    • Load More Comments