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Chevrolet announced Friday that the company has begun taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car.

The basic Volt will start at $39,995, or $32,496 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, while a loaded Volt, with leather appointments, backup camera, navigation system and premium paint and wheels is priced at $46,265 including delivery ($38,765 net of full tax credit).

Customers will have the possibility to choose from a total of seven option packages compared with only three for the 2011 model. According to EPA, a Chevy Volt is capable to travel 379 miles on a full charge and full fuel tank, but this estimation depends on driving style.

New features for 2012 include:
• Standard keyless access with passive locking; the car automatically locks and unlocks with the key fob in close proximity of vehicle
• OnStar Turn by Turn navigation standard for three years, and available in-dash navigation system
• Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones (late availability)
• Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
• Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts (late availability).
Chevrolet will continue to offer an eight-year/100,000-mile* limited warranty on the Volt’s 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, plus:
• Three-year/36,000-mile* bumper-to-bumper coverage
• Five-year/100,000-mile* roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
• Five-year/100,000-mile* limited gas engine coverage
• Six-year/100,000-mile* corrosion protection coverage.

Until today, the Volt was available in just seven states and the District of Columbia. In April, Volt U.S. sales were 493, and for the first fourth months of this year sales were 1,703. It debuted late last year.