April 9th, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt is not too far off, being fine-tuned behind closed doors to debut next year as a 2016 model. Volt sales have not met GM projections, and price is a big factor when compared with other plug-in hybrids on the market. Even though pricing has fallen to just under $35,000 with dealers willing to make great deals and tax credits still available, some consumers just aren’t willing to pay that much. Now a new report says the next-gen model will be available in a new entry-level configuration, and could be priced less than $30,000 before any tax incentives.
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January 7th, 2014
By selling 22,610 examples of its pioneering Nissan LEAF electric car in the ‘States in 2013, Nissan USA more than doubled the total number of LEAFs (Leaves?) sold in 2012. You can thank a big drop in price and some key upgrades for that, as well as increased consumer acceptance of electric cars. And the LEAF had its best month ever in December, selling a rock-solid 2,529 units.
But the LEAF’s strong total still wasn’t quite enough to make it the best-selling electric car this year.
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June 11th, 2013
Chevrolet wants to make it as easy on the wallet as possible to get behind the wheel of the 2013 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, and that of course starts with the price. The 2013 Volt carries an MSRP of just over $39,000 which makes it a tough sell after competing electric and plug-in hybrid cars like the Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius PHEV have seen their prices slashed with heavy incentives in recent months.
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January 18th, 2013
The 2014 Cadillac ELR takes the range-extending electric car formula from GM’s successful Chevrolet Volt and applies it to a gorgeous new luxury coupe design, creating in the process the sexiest EV yet.
With a design closely based on the Cadillac Converj Concept we’ve been seeing on the auto show circuit for years, you would be forgiven for thinking at a glance that Cadillac’s newest was the promised coupe version of the 2013 ATS sport sedan. The compact 2+2 coupe is in actuality in essence a much better looking version of the Volt, using the same Voltronic powertrain.
Powertrain: 35-mile EV Range, Sporty Response
That means a powerful 295 lb-ft. torque electric motor and 16.5 kW-h lithium ion battery pack, good for around 35 miles of combined city/highway driving without dipping into the gas tank. Recharging will take around 4.5 hours using a 240-volt home high-speed charger.
Once that range is exhausted, the ELR uses a 1.4-liter gasoline engine predominately as a generator, with total system output measuring 207 horsepower. Combined range is around 300 miles, and we expect the ELR to achieve at least 100 MPGe on EPA cycles, making it the most efficient luxury car on the market.
One trick new feature is a new Regen on Demand mode, which allows the driver to convert inertia into power to charge the batteries via a paddle on the steering wheel. Coasting toward a red light? Use that energy to charge the ELR’s batteries for even longer EV-only cruising.
The ELR’s interior design is cohesive and opulent, with leather seating surfaces and Cadillac’s new CUE with Navigation voice and touchscreen-based infotainment system coming as standard equipment, along with a Bose 10-channel premium audio system.
2014 Cadillac ELR Pricing and Availability
As for pricing, we expect the ELR will start at around $50,000-$55,000 when it goes on sale nationwide in very early 2014. The car will be eligible for the full $7,500 Federal electric car tax credit as well as State incentives, and will qualify for solo access to California HOV lanes.
October 18th, 2012
Chevrolet Volt sales are finally gaining some steam, setting a new record of 2,831 units in August, thanks in no small part to GM and Chevy dealers willing to cut thousands off the car’s $39,145 base price. Just how much off? Reports from all over the country state Chevy buyers are getting into a Volt for up to $10,000 off, and that’s before factoring in Federal and State electric car tax credits.
In some states, that could mean finding your very own plug-in hybrid with a 38-mile EV range and 37 combined gasoline mpg for as little as around $20,000 when factoring in purchase price, incentives, the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit and state-by-state programs.
Looking to lease? Chevrolet now advertises 36-month lease specials of $299 per month, though our sources tell us some lucky consumers have been able to work with dealerships to get that payment under $200 per month.
Politicians may continue to argue about the Volt’s merits, shortcomings and business case. Let them: it’s the consumer winning here, as the Volt is a good-as-gold money saving proposition at these prices, not to mention a great daily driver.