Holden has announced that the range-extended electric Holden Volt will be priced at $59,990 in Australia. Holden is taking orders for delivery in the fourth quater of this year although the exact release date has not yet been announced.
The Volt has been on sale in the United States, where it is priced at $us39,995 ($us39,250), since 2010. The UK version, the Vauxhall Ampera, is priced at £37,250 ($au56,500) and in the Eurozone, the Opel Ampera is €41,950 ($au50,500). Unlike Australia, in most countries there are substantial government incentives for purchasing electric cars.
The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its plug-in battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold, at which point its 1.4 litre petrol engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle’s range. It is built on the same platform as the Holden Cruze (which is priced from $21,240).