Militant Rants

Chevy Volt Gets a Price Tag and the Nissan Leaf Gets a Warranty

by Aaron Turpen, EVMeme

The Chevrolet Volt got a long-awaited price tag announcement today.  It will sell at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $41,000 before incentives.  After the federal tax rebate, that means the car is $33,500.  Leases start at $350/month with an option to buy.

The cars are available for pre-order now at any of 600 Chevy dealers in the car’s debut markets (California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.) with deliveries scheduled to begin late this year.

So there you go.  The Volt is finally priced, though itdoesn’t get a rebate from California (8 year warranty, CARB requires 10).

Speaking of which, apparently Nissan decided that California’s rule is stupid too and has announced a warranty for the battery on the Leaf.  Looks like they’re going to match Chevy’s 8 year, 100,000 warranty.

Battery life is a big issue with electric vehicles.  It doesn’t look like manufacturers in the main stream are willing to stretch for a 10 year guarantee.  Not that the bureaucrats who wrote California’s law care about that.  They wrote it down.  Right?  So it must be possible!  These evil corporations just won’t play ball.

I wish I could run my life like a politician.  I’d write “100 bajillion zillion quadricentigazillion” as the balance in my checkbook register and then act accordingly.  Hey!  It’s written down!  Must be true.  First thing I’ll do is write a check to buy up all available carbon credits so Al Gore has to start living like a hippie.