2012 Chevrolet Volt priced from $39,995

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 11, 2011

Buyers from all 50 states could now order the Chevrolet 2012 Volt. It has a starting price of $39,995, including an $850 destination charge. This makes it $1,005 lower than the base price of the 2011 model since the navigation system is now optional rather than standard equipment. Those customers who qualify for the $7,500 tax credit means that they only get to pay $32,495.

Seven option packages are available for the 2012 Volt while only three packages were offered for the 2011 model.

A Volt fitted with the complete set of options has a price tag of $46,265. These options include leather trim, backup camera, navigation system, premium paint and wheels. Two new paint colors are available for the latest model. Buyers may opt to get red and white accents.

The 2012 Volt also now features keyless access with passive locking as standard. When the key fob gets near the car, it automatically locks and unlocks it.

The OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation is standard for three years. At a later date, Chevrolet will offer MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones as well as 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts.

Going on a long road trip? Take on the busy highway with the comfort of driving an electric car. Chevrolet Volt’s Voltec propulsion system offers clean and efficient electric driving experience for people on the go. With up to 350-mile range extending engine, owning this new Chevrolet is sure to bring a lasting smile that will last many miles.

Brownstown Township, Mich., came up with Chevrolet Volt’s powerful T-shaped battery. It’s packed with 16-kWh lithium-ion weighing 198.1kg (435lbs) and measuring at least 5.5feet long. The same battery gives energy to the advanced electric drive unit that propels this Chevrolet. The energy, (amounting to 149hp or 111kW), is stored inside the battery pack and is consumed efficiently based on the temperature, driving technique and where one takes the vehicle across different terrains. Whatever the case may be, expect lower fuel and tailpipe emissions of about 25-50 long miles of driving.

An eight-year warranty (or equal to 1000miles) is enough to provide Chevrolet owners the best driving performance and value for their money. A Chevrolet Volt’s battery is made up of 288 prismatic cells and 9 modules. GM test engineers make sure each battery pack is produced with reliable, durable, safe and high quality components. In fact, the same team is responsible for validating ninety five percent of GM designed and engineered battery components out of 161. It has been nine years already since they first started the series of testing, which began sometime back in 2007. Since then, the team has garnered more than 4 million hours and 1 million miles of validation testing of each battery pack, making sure the standard specifications are all properly met.

Micky Bly, Global Electrical Systems GM Executive Director, believes that their customers are depending on this type of technology to lessen their needs for petroleum. This is why their company is committed to deliver a product with the highest standards. He also mentioned the importance of reliability, quality performance, safety and value in satisfying their clients.

Every time a battery’s energy starts to wear out, a Chevrolet Volt will automatically transform to make way for the extended range mode to do the work. The extended range mode is enough to deliver another extra 310 miles of range. This inverts the power coming from the advanced fuel-powered on- board engine, consisting of 1.4L gasoline or equivalent to 84horsepower or 63kW of energy.

There’s so much to love about the new Chevrolet. Go the quarter mile in as short as 17 seconds or breeze through traffic at 100mph (top speed). Needless to say, one can make use of Chevrolet Volt’s 368Nm low speed torque (273lb. ft) to drive from 0-60mph in as quick as 9 seconds.

One of the concerns of driving an electric vehicle is battery charging. A Chevrolet Volt’s battery is rechargeable in any 120V electrical outlet around the house for 10-12 hours. Meanwhile, charging stations with 240V dedicated dock chargers need as few as 4 hours at the most. Setting the charging time of the battery is another convenient feature of Chevrolet Volt. Owners can simply log on to MyVolt.com or download the OnStar MyLink powered Chevrolet Mobile App on their smartphones. This would allow them to remotely monitor their charging schedule throughout the day. Configuring this at a certain time (when the charge in electricity consumption is a lot less) definitely pays off for some.

Chevrolet’s director of design, Bob Boniface wanted Volt to come out with a “statement design” incorporating a sleek, dynamic and refined appearance in all aspects. Nevertheless, all that is expected from a high-end medium sized sport sedan are in the new Chevrolet Volt. The creases and crisp edges for example are very well executed to bring out a clean surface that connects with the rest of the details of the vehicle. These features are very much visible in the sculpted belt line, wheels-out stance and wheelbase measuring 2686mm (105.7 inches) as well as the wide front and rear tracks that measure around 1556-1578mm and 61.2-62.1 inches respectively.

This is the most aerodynamic design in all the years that Chevrolet’s team of designers and engineers has spent in developing such type of vehicle. They have been working side by side with aerodynamicists just to make sure Chevrolet Volt’s design execution would be a success. Making use of GMs very own wind tunnel, the team was able to produce 50 miles of extended range and eight miles worth of electric range. The reduced requirement of air resistance energy is very significant in this aspect.

Chevrolet Volt’s front grille, tapered corners as well as the rounded flush front fascia let the air travel freely around the vehicle to reduce drag. This is just like what happens at the back of the vehicle where a specially designed spoiler with sharp edges helps in controlling the airflow. The car’s windshield and back glass also come with a special rake to lessen the incidence of drag and turbulence while riding the car.

Press Release

Chevrolet Begins Taking Orders Nationwide for 2012 Volt

Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states will begin taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car today.

The suggested retail price for the award-winning Volt will start at $39,995 (or $32,496 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, which is subject to the customer's eligibility). The price includes an $850 destination freight charge but excludes tax, title and license fees. The starting price of the 2012 model is more than $1,000 below the 2011 base model.

The lower base price is possible in part because of a wider range of options and configurations that come with the expansion of Volt production for sale nationally. The 2011 model was available in just seven states and the District of Columbia.

For 2012, consumers will be able to choose from a total of seven option packages compared with only three for the 2011 model. A loaded Volt, with leather appointments, backup camera, navigation system and premium paint and wheels is priced at $46,265 including delivery ($38,765 net of full tax credit).

"We are giving consumers greater choice of content as the Volt becomes available nationwide by the end of this year," said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. "This gives us the opportunity to be more flexible in our pricing and still provide additional high-tech content to customers who want to purchase it."

The Volt will be available in two additional interior accents (white and spiced red) and two new exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic).

New features for 2012 include:

  • Standard keyless access with passive locking; the car automatically locks and unlocks with the key fob in close proximity of vehicle
  • OnStar Turn by Turn navigation standard for three years, and available in-dash navigation system
  • Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones (late availability)
  • Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
  • Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts (late availability).

Chevrolet will continue to offer an eight-year/100,000-mile* limited warranty on the Volt's 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, plus:

  • Three-year/36,000-mile* bumper-to-bumper coverage
  • Five-year/100,000-mile* roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
  • Five-year/100,000-mile* limited gas engine coverage
  • Six-year/100,000-mile* corrosion protection coverage.

Customers in all states can visit their nearest participating Chevrolet Volt dealer today to order a 2012 Volt. Once an order is placed, a dedicated Volt advisor will be available to answer questions and keep the customer apprised of the order progress. Nationwide availability will initially be limited as deliveries will occur by phases. Additionally, Chevrolet will have a team of Volt advisors available to answer questions starting today at 1-888-VOLT-4-YOU (1-888-865-8496).

The Volt offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full change. Chevrolet expects to build up to 45,000 Volts for retail and fleet customers in the United States during calendar year 2012.

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