The final version of the Chevrolet Volt electric car was presented today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. At the even GM announced that the electric sedan will be available late next year in California with other lead markets to be named later. Production will begin in 2010 and will cost $41,000 before federal and state tax incentives. While the sticker price is rather high, the lease deal seems to be the best choice. Buyers can lease their very own electric Volt for $350 per month for 36 months. That is the exact same payment that Nissan is asking for with the Leaf EV.
The Chevrolet Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery. One thing to remember while you are at the pump; this little baby has to be filled with premium gasoline.
Also, the Volt’s exterior color has an official name: Viridian Joule, a name suggested by David Thomas, 40, of Sanford, Fla.
UPDATE 07/22/2010: Chevrolet has taken the Volt on its first cross country trip! Check out the video above!
UPDATE 07/27/2010: This article has been updated to show the price that has just been released for the Volt.
UPDATE 07/28/2010: Chevrolet is highlighting the value of the Volt in the video above. Check it out!
UPDATE 10/16/2010: Motortrend has tested the Chevrolet Volt and has gotten some tremendous results! On their first trip, the hybrid got them 127mpg while traveling along the street and highways of Los Angeles. On their second trip, the guys over at Motortrend drove the heck out of the Volt at its top speed and were able to get 75mpg proving that the Volt is one efficient vehicle!
Press release after the jump.