All indications seem to point to the Holden Volt being a positive addition to the local line-up.
Holden today announced the Volt is now undergoing local testing and will be in 49 selected Holden dealerships later in the year.
We’re sure it’s really only a marketing stunt but Holden says only dealerships that have a commitment to the environment will initially be given Volt’s to sell.
That seems a little strange given the Volt follows in the footsteps of vehicles such as the hybrid Prius and Insight, neither of which has sold in massive number in Australia, surely they can’t be that choosy?
We’ll watch with interest how that policy unfolds.
Interestingly as well the Volt isn’t just going to city dealerships, where you would normally consider most of the Volt’s buyers would be, but to regional dealerships as well.
For the record the reason why we are so excited about the Volt is that it represents another step away from the traditional internal combustion engine.
How it works is relatively simple, the vehicles wheels are driven by electricity stored in on-board lithium-ion batteries.
You recharge these batteries by plugging into the mains (6-8 hour full recharge), if you want to take a journey further than the battery range an on-board 1.4 litre petrol engine recharges the batteries on the go.
Official pricing for the Volt is yet to be confirmed but you can expect a price tag above $50,000.