Chevrolet Volt European PricingSaturday, March 5, 2011 15:39 by Arman Barari
It’s getting hard understanding Chevrolet Volt’s pricing policy! In America it has a MSRP of $41,000, but some dealers take it up even 60 grand. Then in Europe it is priced at 41,950 Euro. And then there’s the Opel Ampera, the European version of the Volt which is priced at 42,900 Euro!
Of course you can’t be sure of any of those prices until you get to the showroom floor and deal with the salesmen. But be prepared to pay at least 41 thousand Euro for it in Europe. That is the minimum that going green Volt-style will cost you. If they wanted to import the Volt to Europe, why did they bother with making the Ampera! The two are a little different in terms of styling, but that’s not significant.
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.