Chevrolet Announces Pricing For Volt Charging Stations
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The SPX 240V charging station for the Chevy Volt. Photo: © GM Corp.

Were you late in getting your order placed for a Chevy Volt? Did you not qualify for a free charging station, which was offered to the first 4,400 buyers? Is eight hours on 110v power too long to wait for your driving habits? If you answered yes to all of these questions, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news? The 240v charging station, which will replenish your Volt’s batteries in about four hours, will cost just $490. “Why that’s less than an iPad!”, you exclaim happily, and that brings me to the bad news: installation of the Volt charging station will set you back $1,475, and there is no option to do-it-yourself. In fact, there’s only one company, SPX Service Solutions, authorized to install the Volt’s charging station, and they’ve set a standardized, nationwide price to do so. I assume the installation fee also covers the expenses associated with getting an SPX electrician to your home. At least I hope it does.

I want to embrace serial hybrids as a viable transportation option, since I think they’re the most promising of the battery-powered choices available. Still, I can can’t help but compare the costs associated with an EV against those of other fuel efficient choices, like clean diesel. The cost of the charging station installed ($1,965) would buy roughly 655 gallons of diesel fuel at $3.00 per gallon. If you’d bought a VW Jetta TDI Wagon, that’s enough fuel to get you some 27,510 miles on the highway, or 19,650 miles around town. If I were in the market for an eco-friendly commuter car, I know which path I’d choose.

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Electric cars. Harumph. I'm glad I'm middle aged and will be able to die having never owned anything less than an 8 cylinder American car.

Then consider if there were ever a power grid failure due to (pick one): terrorist attack, massive solar flare, earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster or general lack of upkeep of the electrical supply infrastructure. Let's say you need to bug out of your present location due to social unrest or any other reason. How far will you get before your batteries run out? No chance of getting fuel from some other vehicle. They can keep their toy cars. The carbon footprint I like leaving comes in two strips courtesy of Ford Motor Company and BF Goodrich.
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(05-04-2014, 12:00 PM)Must69ang Wrote: Electric cars. Harumph. I'm glad I'm middle aged and will be able to die having never owned anything less than an 8 cylinder American car.

Then consider if there were ever a power grid failure due to (pick one): terrorist attack, massive solar flare, earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster or general lack of upkeep of the electrical supply infrastructure. Let's say you need to bug out of your present location due to social unrest or any other reason. How far will you get before your batteries run out? No chance of getting fuel from some other vehicle. They can keep their toy cars. The carbon footprint I like leaving comes in two strips courtesy of Ford Motor Company and BF Goodrich.

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