• Mar 7, 2011
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Chevrolet
says the Volt will cost €41,950, including Europe's hefty value added tax, when it goes on sale in Germany later this year, and will carry a similar price tag when it launches on the rest of the continent. European Volts will come with standard leather seats, and Chevrolet's eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The Volt's Opel-badged Ampera twin will also hit the streets of Europe in the coming months, as well.

The warranty covers the car's powertrain as well as its lithium-ion battery. Chevrolet says that it offers the most comprehensive battery warranty of any EV manufacturer. Between its electric motors and gasoline-fed generator, the Volt is good for a combined range of 375 miles, and recharges on a normal household outlet. Hit the jump for GM's press release.



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[Source: General Motors]
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Chevrolet Volt to go on sale for €41,950

* Germany price announced at Geneva Motor Show press conference
* Standard eight-year/160,000 km warranty on battery and powertrain


Zurich. The award-winning electric car with extended-range capability, the Chevrolet Volt, will be offered for a price of €41,950 (including VAT) in Germany. This was announced in the Chevrolet press conference at the Geneva Motor Show 2011. The Volt will come fully equipped with all the safety features you would expect and a host of convenience features, including leather seats. Similar prices can be expected for other euro markets.

European Chevrolet customers will have the same unprecedented standard eight-year/160,000 km warranty as U.S. customers on the Voltec powertrain and the advanced lithium-ion battery. It is the automotive industry's longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle.

"We believe Volt is the best solution on the planet today for worry-free electric driving", says Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe. "Our price in Europe is based on the U.S. Volt price adjusted for transportation cost, import duties, exchange rates and homologation."

The Chevrolet Volt is designed and engineered to be the only car in the household. It is the world's first electric vehicle with extended-range capability, a four-seater that can drive between 40 and 80 km electrically with a small fuel-powered generator that sustains the battery charge to extend the range to about 600 km in total. Due to its instant torque of 368 Nm the Volt only needs nine seconds from 0-100 km/h and achieves a top speed of 161 km/h. To charge the battery all you need is a normal household 230-Volt power outlet. The charging will take between three to four hours.

Since late 2010, the Volt has been on sale in the first seven U.S. launch markets (California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC). Thanks to the high demand, it was decided to speed up the national rollout so the Volt will be sold in the remaining U.S. states by the end of 2011. The Volt will reach European Chevrolet showrooms in November of 2011, just in time for Chevrolet's 100th birthday.

Chevrolet plans to produce 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011 calendar year, and an additional 45,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year. The Chevrolet Volt is produced at GM's Detroit Hamtramck plant in Michigan, U.S.A. The state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery is produced at GM's Brownstone Township plant, also located in Michigan.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Cannibalizing sales again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ampera looks much better.

      Anyway what's the deal with GM in Europe?
      They are overlapping Opel and Chevy (not just the EVs), haven't they learnt the lesson from the past?
      • 3 Years Ago
      @FT

      That's just it. Only *you* think the Volt is selling slowly. In fact, I have seen some fair evidence that even you don't think it is selling slowly so much as wished it were.

      @Not trolls

      I am also confused as to why they would sell two essentially identical cars in the same market. There must be a misunderstanding in here somewhere but I am too lazy to research it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        GM has only sold 602 Volts since it hit market. So yes, it's selling slowly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait what?

      So they're going to offer it alongside the Ampera?

      What the ***t
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Volt was always destined for Europe alongside the Ampera. Chevrolets in Europe used to be sold under two separate entities; GM-DAT products via GME and the Corvette via Kroymanns. After Kroymanns folded, the Corvette was later reintroduced via GME alongside the GM-DAT line, and at that time it was announced the Volt would also be sold in Europe.

        A European-spec Volt was recently demonstrated to the UK's DoT alongside the Ampera, Leaf, Smart EV and other electric vehicles recently to promote the Government's tax incentives offered on such vehicles.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you think Volts are selling slow in the US just wait till we hear the European sales figures. GM is intent on making sure the Volt is not just a US failure, they want to make sure it's a global failure:)
        • 3 Years Ago
        James:
        You're using non-comparable measurements.

        On a US rating system, the BMW 320d gets about 35mpg (combined, US gallons).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Case in point:

        In Germany, you can get a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics which gets 57 mpg (US) starting at 35,000 euros.

        ...Why would anyone in Europe buy a Volt?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Best I can tell based on behavior and announcements from both sides, GM wants Opel to die. Insanely stupid, but it's the best explanation I can figure out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it's nice that at least one company offers choice to the customer onstead of force-feeding them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        James:
        I'm sorry, I got some really bad info. A few clicking errors on my part.

        The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics would be rated at about 42mpg combined (US gallons) on the US rating system. It's still not far ahead of the Volt even with no plugging-in.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ditto.

        I'm confused. Why are they selling both the Volt and the Ampera in Europe?

        I would imagine because there are plenty of small fuel efficient vehicles in Europe, the value of this vehicle is muted somewhat anyway, but especially given the European taxes and lack of government subsidies. You could spend a third of what this costs in Germany and still have a list of dozens of vehicles that get at least 50 mpg on the European cycle... you'd have to drive to the Moon and back to make up that difference in cost!

        But why would they want to sell the Volt, there, too given Opel is by far the better known nameplate? I know there are plenty of people with some sense working at Chevy, but I can't figure this one out.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That makes as much sense as a poopy flavored lolipop."
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think the volt is a great car but it's way too expensive.
        You'd be better off just buying a Chevy Cruze
        http://www0.epinions.com/review/2011_Chevrolet_Cruze_epi/content_534771699332

        And what's silly is they have a webpage dedicated to allowing you to figure out how long it would take you to "break even" if you buy a volt instead of another car. thing is, it takes over 7 years to break even if you compare it to a similarly sized car that's got a 4 cylinder and costs less than $25,000.

        I think the volt is BEST for Government employees who actually have the facilities to charge it and maintain it. In fact, give them to the cops so they can try to catch me while I'm in my 300cSRT8.
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