Chevrolet, announced that will sell the electric Volt in Europe, with prices in Germany starting from €41,950 (US$58,560).
Volt will be similarly priced in other European markets, where it will arrive in November 2011.
European Chevrolet customers will have the same unprecedented standard eight-year/160,000 km warranty as U.S. customers on the Voltec powertrain and the advanced lithium-ion battery.
According to the automaker, it is the automotive industry’s longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle.
“Our price in Europe is based on the U.S. Volt price adjusted for transportation cost, import duties, exchange rates and homologation,” said Wayne Brannon, CEO of Chevrolet Europe.
Peterson explained that “Although Europe is in a sense one giant singular market, there are also many sub-markets within that have individual tastes and preferences.” Peterson continued, “As such, GM will bring the Chevrolet Volt to Europe and sell it in key markets where the Chevy brand is strongest.”
According to General Motors the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) on a 16 kW·h lithium-ion battery. The EPA found in tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the all-electric range averaged 35 miles (56 km), with an energy consumption of 36 kWh per 100 miles (810 kJ/km), and the total range (using battery power first then electricity generated by the on-board gasoline-power generator) is 379 miles (610 km).
EPA rated the Volt’s combined city/highway fuel economy at 93 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent in all-electric mode, and at 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in gasoline-only mode, for an overall fuel economy rating of 60 mpg-US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg-imp) combined.