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Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Shocker: Chevy Volt Price Drops $5,000! (Now As Low As $24,495 In CA, $21,495 In CO)

Have to admit — we didn’t see this one coming! We knew that the 2014 Chevy Volt had only minor updates. And everyone knows that the Volt has fallen behind the Nissan Leaf since the Leaf dropped its price by $6,400. There was speculation that there might be a price cut for the 2014 Chevy Volt in order to get it back in front, but there really wasn’t much indication that GM would make a big cut in the price this year.

Nissan made its huge cut after it started producing the Leaf in the US — Carlos Ghosn has emphasized that the cut in price was due to that economical shift. There has been no indication that GM made any comparable change that would warrant a big price drop, only that doing so would make it more competitive again. GM’s CEO Dan Akerson has indicated that he wants the next generation of the Volt to be $7,000 to $10,000 cheaper than the first generation, but the release date for that is projected to be in 2015 or 2016. And, again, there’s no indication that changes have been made with the 2014 Chevy Volt to warrant a price drop of $5,000.

But don’t get me wrong — I think this is a brilliant move. Even the best ventures require investment. Early research has shown that electric car owners love their cars. Chevy Volt owners love their cars (more than owners of any other mass-market car love their cars). Nissan Leaf owners love their cars. Tesla Model S owners love their cars. Electric cars are simply better. But they are new. Many people don’t even know they exist, or hardly know how they differ from gasmobiles. More people need to be exposed to electric cars. That means that more people need to buy these cars, so that their friends, families, and neighbors can learn how awesome they are. Once awareness raises, they will surely sell themselves. There’s no better way to raise that awareness than to drop prices and get more people into Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, Chevy Spark EVs, etc.

Anyway, here’s more on the 2014 Chevy Volt price cut from Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2:

volt-productionAnyone who has been following the saga of the Chevy Volt knows that the single biggest issue facing the plug-in hybrid is its high price. General Motors has said time and again it wants to lower the price of the Volt by as much as $10,000 for the next generation. For now, the 2014 Chevy Volt price has dropped by $5,000, meaning you can buy a 2014 Chevy Volt for under $30,000.

A next-gen Volt is still a few years out, and competitors like the Nissan Leaf, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, and Fiat 500E have all entered the EV market with drastically reduced prices. The Nissan Leaf price dropped by a whopping $6,400, and with tax credits the Fiat 500E sells for around $22,500 in California (though most “sales” are actually leases).

With growing competition from lower-priced electric cars, the Chevy Volt suddenly seems like the MSRP outlier with a starting price of $39,995. The $5,000 price drop brings the entry-level Chevy Volt down to just $34,995, and with the Federal tax credit available nationwide the price is really $27,495. In California, which adds another $2,500 in state incentives, the Volt’s starting price is just $24,995. And in Colorado, which throws $6,000 on top of the Feds $7,500, you can get an entry-level Chevy Volt for just $21,495.

Read Chris’ full post on Gas2.

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  • Jim Seko

    Try this:
    1. Go to (edmunds dot com “true cost to own” calculator)
    2. Calculate 5 year cost of 2013 Chevy Volt
    3. Subtract $5000
    4. Try to find one other car that comes close, new or used. Good luck.

    • Zachary Shahan


  • Tom G.

    O.K so now we are making progress. As newer battery technologies hit the market look for even more price reductions in the not to distant future. And lets not forget the; I love my electric car folks. Quieter and cheaper operating costs seem like two good words to describe their likes.

    But for me, its all about the money. I think it is time for us to begin the discussion about gradually phasing out some of the incentives. Maybe something on the order of a few percent per year and then accelerating as vehicle prices continue to drop. Electric vehicles will become cheaper than Internal Combustion Vehicles someday and costly government incentives will no longer be needed. These vehicle incentives can then be applied to something else like inter city mass transit or high speed transit between major population centers.

    What do you think?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Incentive phase out is built into the subsidy system.

      “The credit will begin to be phased out for each manufacturer in the
      second quarter following the calendar quarter in which a minimum of
      200,000 qualified plug-in electric drive vehicles have been sold by that
      manufacturer for use in the United States.”

  • Shiggity

    $3500 off in IL (10% MSRP)

  • William Wilgus

    A lot of text, little substance. Another waste of time reading tripe.

    • Ross

      Correction. $5,000 worth of substance.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Depends if you want the context or not. If you are simply interested in the price, it’s in the title. ;) :D

  • Marion Meads

    Oh, I love this EV price wars! I am not sure the Saudi Prince will be enjoying this. Oil companies need to diversify now.

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