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General Motors launches new hybrid car in US

The first Volt to be in the US, at Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, New Photograph: Emile Wamsteker/General

The Opec oil crisis of the early Jeffrey Kaffee, a former pilot, remembers, led to huge at long petrol queues. learnt, years later became a Prius owner. last week, he moved on to Motors ‘ new plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt.

was on holiday in Florida when the car in to his local dealership, in Denville, New The sellers flew him back for the day to the silver-coloured five-door saloon for a

We drove it a lot, he said. The car was on all It was after 2 o’clock when I was for the day and I looked down and it had half a to go. It was doing fine.

Impressed by the run, Kaffee, who is now an estate decided to make the car his main vehicle.

The Volt is the first electric vehicle to be made for the market by one of the big US carmakers, and hits the at the same time as the Nissan an entirely electric hatchback.

Both cars are being as green alternatives, with running adverts showing a getting hugged by a polar The two electric rivals began out last week, in limited to selected areas, including Texas, New York, New Jersey and

Unlike initial experiences electric cars in the 1990s – General Motors ended up and crushing the entire fleet – the first unveiled at the Detroit show four years is seen as an important part of comeback.

Early indications are encouraging. The car has gushing reviews from car and more than 200,000 have signed up for more about the Volt on the company

The Volt’s additional small engine is seen as a safeguard the range anxiety — the it is possible to travel on a charged — that is associated 100% electric vehicles.

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Kaffee, who initially signed up for vehicles, had reservations. The Leaf is a car around town but you can’t take it on an extended trip, he You wouldn’t want a day when you are out and you are out of juice.

So far availability of the Volt has been 160 cars were shipped week, and only 10,000 are planned for all of next year. So are waiting lists.

There reports last week some showrooms were a premium of as much as $5,000 the manufacturers’ price.

The Volt between 35 and 40 miles on a single before the petrol engine over, extending the possible to about 380 miles. It takes eight hours to fully the battery on the standard American household outlet.

The price of the car starts at $41,000 which is relatively expensive in the US, but say the price is dictated by the $15,000 of the battery pack. Customers in the US however, eligible for a $7,300 tax bringing down the price to $33,000.

The Leaf is reported to be to travel about 100 miles on a charge. The car sells for just $33,000 and also qualifies for a tax credit, bringing down the to about $25,000.

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