GM has been pimping out the new 2011 Chevrolet VOLT for the past two years and in that time many questions have arisen as to the charging capabilities of the car. The VOLT can be charged using a standard 120-volt home outlet in about 10 hours or 4 hours if one chooses to install the 240-volt home charging station. The success of any electric car is going to be its ease of use and rate of recharge. The quicker the car recharges, the more GM sells and the more popular the cars become. Now it seems that the first 4,600 VOLT owners will be offered the 240-volt at home charging station for free as part of a Department of Energy-funded initiative that benefits the government in multiple ways. First off the program promotes the purchase and usage of electric and clean energy vehicles and second it helps them monitor consumer usage thus giving them insight of how to expand a future charging grid.
We know that the price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will start around $40,000, big money for a car that has no history and sports brand new technology. Compare that to the upcoming all electric 2011 Nissan Leaf’s $32,000 and we’ve got ourselves the first electric car price war. Granted both cars will receive a $7,500 federal tax rebate which should help the consumer pocket book, but at the end of the day I’m curious to see who will come out on top. Right now any incentive for consumers to purchase clean energy vehicles works in their favor as the technology is still new. One can only hope that these Government and dealer incentives are enough to get people into showrooms and into the drivers seat of these new eco-friendly automobiles.