Chevy Volt Now Available Nationwide

Chevrolet has announced that its 2012 Volt is now available for dealers to order nationwide, a large expansion considering that the 2011 model was only offered in seven states. The plug-in hybrid retails for $39,995 for the base model, but could be as low as $32,495 provided an owner receives the full tax credit.

Those looking for a premium version, including leather interior, keyless entry, rear view camera, built-in navigation system, and upgrade paint, will need to set aside $46,265, but all new models have the options of new interior (white or red) and exterior colors (white or blue), like the red treatment seen in the photo below.

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The Volt, which recently won a pair of top safety awards, has a range of only 35 miles in all-electric mode, but a total of 379 miles with the gasoline engine, something that may give it an edge in the car market as we’ve noted that there are consumer concerns over range, even though the majority of commuters could get around with an electric vehicle.

We’ve reported that Ford has also increased production of its hybrid vehicles, and green car sales may rise as gas prices continue to increase, but that, overall, the green car market will remain relatively low.

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