The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has an MSRP of $41,000. The first 200,000 buyers are entitled to a $7500 tax credit for buying this particular plug-in car. If you have a tax liability of at least $7500, then your net effective cost for the Volt will be $33,500.
The car is also available through an aggressive lease program. It can be leased for 3-years/36 months and 12,000 miles per year for $350 per month and $2500 down payment.
The only way to purchase or lease a Volt is through certified Chevrolet Dealers. The car will only be avaiable in seven launch markets through the middle of 2011, as a 2011 model year. GM will be producing about 5000 of those cars. The launch markets include California, Michigan, Texas, Washington DC area, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A total of 600 dealers in those regions are particiaporting, which represents 90% of the total. The list of certified dealers can be viewed here (PDF).
Dealers have been instructed to “do the right thing” and sell the cars at MSRP, though GM cannot legally stop them from overcharging. To learn about and discuss the dealers involved see this forum.
As of July 27th, dealers can put in orders for Volts for their customers.
The standard features can be seen here.
Optional premium packages include leather trim, rear view camera, polished chrome wheels, and premium paint. The total cost of all the premium options adds $4000 to the price of the car.
The car is avaiable in one of six colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Crystal Red Metallic Tint, White Diamond Tricoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Viridian Joule Tricoat.
It important to consider the cost of operation for the Volt as well. Roughly 75% of driving or more can be done purely on electricity. Many places in the US charge about 10 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. Since the Volt can travel 40 miles on 8 kwh that works out to about 2 cents per mile. Read more about that here.
Also feel free to join our mailing list for the latest independent Volt news and information as it happens.
See color options below (click to enlarge) and you can see the whole dealer ordering workbook here