For over a decade, General Motors has been giving customers one year of free OnStar service when they buy a new car. After the initial free period, drivers have to pay a $199 annual fee to continue the service. The Chevrolet Volt, because of its nature, will be making much more extensive use of the OnStar infrastructure than any previous GM vehicle. As a result of that dependency, Volt marketing manager Tony DiSalle has announced that Volt buyers will get an extended period of OnStar service bundled with the car. DiSalle has not specified how long the free OnStar will last except to say that it will go beyond one year. More details will be revealed later in the summer when the Volt pricing is announced and dealers start taking orders.
GM's OnStar group has developed smartphone applications for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry systems that will allow owners to check on the charge and manage charging and climate control remotely. All of this involves connecting to the car via the OnStar network.