Volt from the green
It’s an innovative and clever car but it’s way too dear for most of us
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.
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.