Whereas on the Volt front everything is going pretty much according to plan, there are still a few loose ends to be dealt with as far as logistics is concerned. One of those loose ends was handled today, after Chevrolet announced that it will sell a Volt home charging unit for $490, before installation.
The price sounds more than affordable, but it comes with a catch. Cheap as it may be, it costs a small fortune to install. SPX Service Solutions, the provider of home charging installation services and equipment chosen by Chevrolet to sell the unit, will charge three times the price of the unit itself to install it: $1,475.
The unit is a Level 2 charger (240V) which will be capable of recharging the battery of the Volt in about four hours. More information about the unit can be found at the following link (if you chose to ignore the Untrusted Connection warning your browser will display, that is; for the record, this link has been provided by GM).
SPX Service Solutions has been chosen by GM to provide the Level 2 charging solution. Usually, the car comes with a 120 volt electric cord which can be used to recharge the batteries in some eight to ten hours.
The Volt will be initially launched in late 2010 in California, powered by lithium-ion batteries which will give it a range of up to 40 miles without the use of the internal combustion engine. With the help of the petrol engine, the total range can be increased to some 300 miles.