GM Cuts Price Of The Volt To Stay Competitive

At least GM isn’t cutting functionality out of the Chevy Volt, despite cutting $5,000 from its price. It’s somewhat disappointing that it took this long for GM to realize that the $40,000 price tag was a bit more costly than other electric vehicles on the road.  The Volt isn’t all-electric, despite being billed as such, it has an internal combustion engine that can be used to recharge the batteries.  But it is still possible to drive the Volt as all-electric, and some people have done just that, never using the gasoline engine.

Nissan cut $6,400 from the price of the 2013 Leaf in December 2012, knocking the price down to just under $29,000.  Although the Volt is still not sub-$30k, it might stand to reason that it be a slight bit more expensive if for nothing more than because of the on-board generator.  The Volt is a large sedan, likely capable of running on gasoline alone, but it’s still $6,300 more than the starting price of the Nissan Leaf.

Unlike the ideals of EP Tender and eBuggy that would allow a pure electric vehicle to travel longer distances, the trailer is incorporated into the Volt. It may not be merely the opinion of the automobile engineers that an external add-on trailer is not as desirable for a vehicle.   The added weight of the internal combustion engine only detracts from the potential efficiency of the electric driving mode.

For now the Chevy Volt is still a decent compromise between an EV and an internal combustion-only vehicle. And maybe still good enough at $35,000 to lure some of the skeptics and range-anxietists away from oil.

Chrysler PHEV Town and Country Minivan

Well hello there, hybrid, electric, plug-in minivan, fancy meeting you (at all?).  With all the electrification of vehicles, why are most of them sedans and hatchbacks, but so few larger vehicles? If you don’t count the Ford C-max or Rav4 EV redux, the only other option is the Chrysler PHEV Town and Country Minivan.

Who knew, right?  After all, if you are aware of any hybrid plug-ins they’re most likely made by Toyota or Ford.  Actually, considering Ford’s record in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, it’s surprising that they’ve jumped on-board the alternative fuels bandwagon.  If anyone is going to make a comeback with a large plug-in hybrid, it is likely to be Chrysler?  Well it is Chrysler, so settle down.

This baby will allow you do most of your daily around-town travel on electricity, but can still go the distance, upwards of 700 miles on gas.  And because it’s a plug-in, you need only connect it to a charger at home to continue the clean, cheap electric miles.  The on-board battery isn’t huge at 12 kWh.  And as it is a hybrid you can expect the impressive MPG rating which Chrysler is listing in the range of 30 to 40.

If there’s one vehicle that families may actually consider, with its spacious capacity and car-like driving, the PHEV T&C may actually be it.  It’s no SUV, but we still do not have an SUV that’s yet affordable and in mass production (Via Motors).

Hail the possible return of the Minivan!

News Release from Chrysler