GM has revealed that the Volt hybrid could cost $33,500 (£21,000) in the US after government tax credits, making it nearly £2000 cheaper than Nissan’s Leaf electric car. The Volt’s List price is $41,000 (£26,300) but qualifies for a subsidy thanks to its low emissions.
A basic Volt comes with Bluetooth and sat-nav but buyers can add leather seats and steering wheel, heated seats, rear camera, polished wheels and park assist.
Unlike conventional hybrids such as the Prius, the Volt’s petrol engine never powers the wheels and is only used to top the battery up after its 40-mile range has been exhausted.
Deliveries won’t start until 2011 but impatient customers can pre-order their car online at www.getmyvolt.com