2012 Chevrolet Volt price starts at $39,995, now available nationwide

2011 Chevrolet Volt

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is here… well, almost. General Motors said today that Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states are now staking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt with suggest retail price of $39,995 (or $32,495 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, which is subject to the customer’s eligibility). That price tag is $1,000 below the 2011 base model.

Of course this is big news for the Volt, which was previously available in just seven states and the District of Columbia.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt will also give buyers a total of seven option packages compared with only three for the 2011 model year. A loaded Volt, with leather, backup camera, navigation and premium paint and wheels is priced at $46,265 including delivery ($38,765 net of full tax credit). The 2012 Volt will also be available in two additional interior accents (white and spiced red) and two new exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic).

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“We are giving consumers greater choice of content as the Volt becomes available nationwide by the end of this year,” said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. “This gives us the opportunity to be more flexible in our pricing and still provide additional high-tech content to customers who want to purchase it.”

Don’t run out to your Chevrolet dealer just yet. GM said that nationwide availability will initially be limited as deliveries will occur by phases. You can call 1-888-VOLT-4-YOU (1-888-865-8496) before you head to the delaership. Chevrolet expects to build up to 45,000 Volts for retail and fleet customers in the United States during calendar year 2012.

Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 379   miles. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Prices for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt start at $39,995 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $32,495.

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– By: Omar Rana