Volt from the green

It’s an in­no­va­tive and clever car but it’s way too dear for most of us

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road test -

RANGE anx­i­ety isn’t an is­sue with Holden’s elec­tricpow­ered Volt.

The $59,990 price is, which is why Holden is say­ing the range-ex­tend­ing hy­brid will ini­tially ap­peal to early adopters.

The four-seater com­bines a bat­tery with a the­o­ret­i­cal 87km range— in re­al­ity some­where be­tween 50-70km— with a 1.4-litre four-cylin­der engine that gen­er­ates power for the elec­tric mo­tor, rather than drive the front wheels di­rectly.

Fit­ting the 200kg bat­tery pack has cost the cen­tre back seat on the Cruze-based plat­form but other than that it drives— and goes— like Holden’s most pop­u­lar car.

VALUE

The high en­try price is a hand­i­cap EVs and hy­brids must over­come. New tech­nol­ogy isn’t cheap, be it an LED TV or the lat­est iPhone. Early adopters tend not to care but fam­i­lies will wait for the price to drop and the tech to prove it­self.

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