Too rich for my blood - at 42,000 this car will be destined for a very different market - those with a lot of money. It kind of defeats the purpose of buying a car that is supposed to be a lot cheaper to drive.
Lets say the Volt was 30,000 - still a lot of money for a small car but a lot more people would be interested and with a stretch could afford it -- these same people having to pay another 12,000 plus tax for fuel efficiency will definitely sway them elsewhere - more and more cars will become fuel efficient and get +50 mpg (Prius, VW Diesel and a lot of small 4 cylinder cars - Honda is coming out with a very efficient Diesel Accord with 60 MPG). You can still buy a lot of fuel for 12,000- after all the Volt is not FREE to drive/
So all I can say is that this is a major mistake on GM's part and I am sure other manufacturers are already planning alternates that will be a lot more affordable.
The Prius starting at 22,500 looks better all the time especially with a plug in option they are developing with lithium pacs.
Too bad - a good idea that appears to be doomed for the mass markets/
I really hope GM sees this and does something about it or it will be another nail in their coffin (By the way I am pro GM - I own two of them - this is a very sad situation if it unfolds this way)
So what's the official rule for guessing game and what's the price aside from bragging rights?
Shall it be the closest price to the first printed official MSRP without getting over? Does the pricing include total ownership including the battery pack?
If so, then I would guess $32,999.95.
Surely if goes over that, I'm not buying. By that time, Aptera's initial reliability might have been tested by eager adopters and perhaps proven, and so may be more attractive to me if the price of Volt is beyond my budget. But if the Aptera fizzled out, I know that there could be other non-Volt EV choices.
The MSRP will be determined by tax rebates, gas prices, and competitive in addition to manufacturing costs. I say $38,000 based on todays variables but it could go as high as $39,900 if gas keeps going up and/or tax incentives are raised. I just don't think they will try to sell a small Chevy sedan for more $40k or more. As I've said all along, one of the biggest mistakes GM has made with this, is that this first generation EREV, the Volt, should been a Caddy. It had the looks and the technology fit a Caddy price. They could be pricing it in the mid 40's without the same backlash. Although it being a Chevy commits GM to drive the volume faster and I am happy about this, branding it a Caddy would have been a much wiser business decision.
And that's with extremely limited production and extremely limited availability. I have a feeling that the Volt will just become the Corvette of the electric line with very good performance and cutting edge technology, but will just remain too far out of grasp for typical Chevy customers.
GM will simply shift its focus to something like the AFS Trinity (http://www.afstrinity.com/) for typical drivers. I don't see the Volt or any other series hybrid "taking over" in the foreseeable future, even though that's what's needed.
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