Chevrolet Volt 240V home charging unit will sell at $490

2011 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors and SPX Service Solutions (the car`s exclusive retailer) will soon offer an affordable 240V home charging unit for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car that will go on sale starting December, 2010 at a starting price of $33,500 (including a $7500 U.S. federal tax credit).

Available at a base price of $490 “before installation,” the unit will shorten the charging time of the Volt’s 16 kW*h lithium-ion battery pack from ten to much less frustrating four hours when compared to the standard 120V charge cord that simply plugs into an outlet in your garage or basement.

Chevrolet Volt 240V SPX home charging unit

SPX Service Solution covers the unit with a three-year warranty. This is the good news.

The bad news is that, according to GM’s press release, the cost of the charging unit will rise four times to almost $2000 if you add a cost of an on-site survey, securing all necessary permits and the installation (around $1475.)

Living in Europe, I wonder how will cost a similar kit for the upcoming Opel Ampera EV that also uses GM’s Voltec technology.

Chevrolet Volt 240V SPX home charging unit (hanging on the wall)

Chevrolet Volt 240V SPX home charging unit is not as big as one might have imagined

Photos: General Motors, SPX

See also: Voltec-powered 2012 Opel Ampera to surface in Geneva