Europe: Chevrolet Volt available from November 3 image

Chevrolet Volt is in Europe and will be available to the customers from November 3. The electrically driven sedan will start at € 41 950 – or about 1,000 euros less than the technically identical Ampera costs.

“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.

The electric powered Volt will come fully equipped with all the safety features you would expect and a host of convenience features, including leather seats. In Europe Volt will be sold with a standard eight-year/160,000 km warranty.

‘It will be a higher price product,’ said Wayne Brannon, president of Chevrolet Europe. ‘The Volt will be restricted in terms of volume for some time. It will be a small number of cars for 2012 and we will not sell an impressive number – but it will gain credibility for the Chevrolet brand over here.’

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).

Chevrolet plans to produce 10,000 Volts by the end of the 2011 calendar year, and an additional 45,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year.

In other news, General Motors announced that it has found ways to make one shift more efficient, so it can produce the same number of cars as two shifts.

Therefore, the automaker will not add a second shift at the Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan that builds the Chevrolet Volt until the second half of 2012.