After months of speculation, Holden has finally given its first all-electric car, the Volt, a local price, and detailed some of the nifty gadgets that will be bolted on when it rolls onto showroom floors in a few months.
The 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder Volt isn’t cheap. It’s essentially a glorified Cruze with a $59,990 price tag (plus on-road costs). For that amount of money, you’re going to want something more than just a sedan with some AA batteries in it. Thankfully, Holden have tried as hard as it can to meet that need.
On top of the eight airbags, reversing camera and all-electric drive, you’ll get a six-speaker sound system by Bose, as well as a 7-inch colour LCD touchscreen built into the console that includes voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, DVD playback, satellite navigation, USB input and iPod compatibility. On top of that, it has a 30GB hard drive to store all your tracks.
Apparently, Holden are positioning the car alongside more expensive European brands like BMW and Mercedes Benz in the hope that they can persuade the more connected driver.
Would you drop $60,000 on the Volt?