REPORT: Chevy Volt to start at $32,000 after tax credit?

While we know a good bit of information about GM's upcoming range-extended electric automobile, one major question lurks high above the rest: how much with the Chevy Volt cost? Well, that's a tough nut to crack. There will be a sticker price plastered on the car's window when it finally goes on sale in November of 2010 that may very well be at or near the $40,000 mark – pretty pricey for a car wearing the golden Bowtie – but that's not the end of the story. In a bid to sweeten the pot a bit, the U.S. government has promised to offer a $7,500 rebate in the form of a federal tax credit.

Though there's been no official price point announced by The General for its upcoming EV as of yet, there are clues. For instance, what appears to be a GM-approved survey recently sent out by a company called Gongos suggests that the Volt "will effectively cost between $32,000 and $38,000" after the tax rebate. It's not an official pricing acknowledgment of any kind, but it's an interesting tidbit nonetheless, and it's in line with recent hints from across the pond that peg the Volt's post-rebate price at $35,000. We think it's a reasonable asking price – especially after the expected running costs of about 2 cents per mile are factored in. What say you?


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