2019 Chevrolet Volt Slight Price Increase: Premier Gets 7.2 kW Charger


The 2019 Chevrolet Volt ups the ante without significantly increasing the price.

Back in June, we reported about the 2019 Chevrolet Volt finally offering a 7.2-kW onboard charger, among other new features. At the time, we were aware that the charger was only an option on the base model, but standard on the Premier. According to Chevrolet:

With the new 7.2 kW system, a complete recharge can be achieved in as little as 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet and supporting hardware. The new system is standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model and available on the LT trim. A 3.6 kW charger is standard on the Volt LT.

Now, pricing information has been released, along with clarification of other details related to which features come standard on each trim level. According to CarsDirect, the base Volt LT will see a price bump of only $300 ($33,520 excluding destination). Chevrolet’s top-tier Volt Premier (the only other trim available) will increase $550, to $38,120. Keep in mind that these prices are prior to the available $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Check with a tax expert to find out if you qualify.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt LT comes with upgraded touch screen software for tracking efficiency. It also provides the same, stronger regenerative braking that is found on the Bolt EV, by way of a new “Low” setting. All 2019 Volts also have a new feature that alerts you when the tires are filled to the appropriate pressure. Finally, the Volt includes a new digital rearview camera and a new setting that allows drivers to choose a lower temperature for when the engine kicks in.

The Volt Premier adds the 7.2-kW onboard charger (a $750 option on the LT trim) and a standard power driver’s seat.

Source: CarsDirect

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33 Comments on "2019 Chevrolet Volt Slight Price Increase: Premier Gets 7.2 kW Charger"

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Overall I wouldn’t be turned off by the slight price increase considering how much stuff you’d be getting that Volt owners have been complaining about for years, namely the slow charging speed.

Plus a lot of dealerships usually mark the cars down by a lot anyway, so it probably wouldn’t even affect you if you’re in the market for a Volt. Finding one outside of CARB states with the color/options you want will be the bigger issue.

I’m glad the faster charger is at least an option on the Lt trim, although I wish it had been made standard.

This is another car that needs a real independent rear suspension, in this price range.
( Still a favorite of mine though. The interior looks better than a Bolt. )

The economics are excellent, should be able to pay for itself over life of car.

GM’s implementation and calibration of a torsion beam rear suspension is almost as good as some other manufacturers implementation of IRS. While IRS would help handling a bit more it would also cost more, weight more, reduce efficiency and take up more space removing cargo room (like on the Prius Prime). Personally in my opinion on a car like the Volt IRS offers to much compromise for just a bit better handling.

If you want thing to handle better, buy stickier tires…

I guess the Clarity PHEV is really putting heat on the Volt. Good. It’s a little overpriced as a Cruze PHEV.

How do you figure the Clarity is putting pressure on the Volt? GM raised the price of the Volt. Not a sign of pressure.

Do you own either one of them to make this assertion?

The Volt really is an amazing offering, especially with these updates. If enough were stocked on lots (most people want a car in a particular color and option set today, not in 6 weeks), and dealer salesmen took the time to learn about the technology, there’d be a lot more on the road today.

I agree, but GM really needs to get a budget SuperCruise in these cars. The steering assist currently in Volts and Bolts is useless. I’d have bought a Volt instead of waiting for the new Leaf if they did.

They have the tech, so why not put it to use? EV drivers generally love this stuff.

It is a real shame that this wonderful car is not in sale in Europe!!! If I want to buy a PHEV,I have only few option: (i3 ReX – too small and expensive….Prius PHEV – not enough EV range…Ioniq PHEV – same as Prius,+ heating with ICE-unacceptable for me…other BMW,MB,and VW PHEV-s:not enough EV range and expensive).
Even previous generation (Ampera ie. Volt1) was better PHEV in any way than all the PHEV cars in Europe market in this moment

Not enough range for what ?

2,000 miles per tank during the warm season is plenty for me. Who cares if the engine runs from time to time at that level of MPG return. If you want to use it even less, buy an EV instead.

If you can get 2000 miles per tank on the low-electric-range PHEVs dominating sales in Europe, you must not drive much at all.

People in the top 50% of miles per day are the ones that need to go electric for the most impact.

There is much more usable interior space in an i3 than a Volt. The battery in the Volt terribly intrudes terribly into it’s interior. I have been in both cars multiple times.

Driver’s power seat is a sorely needed feature. In fact, they should add memory to it.

It’s a pointless feature without memory presets. Chevy dropped the ball on that one.

Why the 7.2 kW charger wasn’t available since the beginning? It is much more practical to stop by a public station and get the car charged during the shopping time. Besides, this is the only way people like me, who can’t afford buying a place to install a home charger, have to charge their electric cars.

The Volts 53 mile range can be fully replenished overnight on a 120v outlet…
Unless you live in an apartment…

If you make arrangements with the landlord to use the 120 volt apartment receptacle, I’m sure the car will be fully replenished just the same.

If the landlord asks you to pay $50 a month for extra the energy share, it is not worth it. Besides, in my case, I can charge at work, so I get little benefit to charge at home other than for the weekends.

My expense at Commercial rates (no demand meter) would be around 15 cents/kwh – assuming 400 kwh per month (13 1/3 kwh per day on average) would be $60 MY COST. I’m sure the landlord could view odometer readings, etc – in cases where there is heavy driving. But remember the Big Bad Landlord has bills to pay also. IN the end, if the tenant feels like renting for a while, it might behoove the tenant to make arrangements to charge off his own billing meter, if that is somewhat convenient. Sometimes, as in my case, the tenant’s washing machine is on their own meter in the basement. I’m certain there are cases where the ev driving tenant has plugged into their personal washing machine outlet which is on their own revenue meter and just stopped the car charging while washing the clothes, and just thrown a neatly installed extension cord to their car along with a stuffed towel to keep the bugs out. Where there is a Will there is a Way, as they say, and I, like most reasonable people, have no problem with tenants doing anything this side of reasonable and safe. I’d insist that the casement… Read more »

As a landlord myself, I’d just estimate my added cost at commercial rates on the house meter, and/or I’d compare bills but so far no one has requested use of a very convenient Outlet I installed on the house meter. I think many landlords would be equally magnanimous. If you helped contribute to installation of the outlet via sweat equity, they’d be even more so inclined. But then I only have 2 tenants.

Its the Home Owners Associations that seem to be totally unreasonable.

Adding a meter is cheap. Make the tenant pay for it as a tradeoff for the convenience, then just charge an agreed upon rate per kWh each month. That way, everyone involved knows exactly how the outlet is being used. No estimate required.

I don’t know that I agree with that. At least with my electric company adding a meter is fairly pricey. On top of that is running new electrical wires from the meter to wherever the charger would be. If you’re running a heavy gauge wire for 240v charging it will cost even more. Although do it since it would promote EVs and a better environment, one should not underestimate the costs involved.

Pass-Through meters start at just $39.

John I was writing my comment with a view toward the typical landlord, who may not be conversant with electricals but is very familiar with costs.

Now myself, being an electrician, I’d simply connect the lockable outlet I’ve installed to whatever tenant had the EV.

If that was impracticable in a different situation, yes I would go to Hialeah Meter, and order a $23.95 Revenue Meter (guaranteed 1% accuracy), and a $13.50 Meter Socket. As I did with my Solar Panel Installation.

(Mechanical used meters can be easily converted to either 120 or 240 volt accurate registration operation).

While this is true, there are times when the 3.6 kWh 240v charger still proves to be too slow to the detriment of potential EV miles. When you plug in to a L2 charger you really want to get powered up as fast as possible.

To answer your question, Prior to the BOLT ev, no GM product used it so it wasn’t available. Same reason a 20 kw charger wasn’t available. Interestingly, in 2011, GM stated that high power chargers (up to 18 kw would work, so they said) would be left to the aftermarket people. Interesting that no aftermarket firms have bothered.

GM decided to stick with the 3.3 kw charger, even for their Cadillac offerings, although more modern products got upped to 3.6 kw.

Now me, I couldn’t justify either the 7.2 kw charger for $750, nor the several thousand dollar Premier upgrade – its an analogous situation to my BOLT ev LT – the premier was too much extra for too little.

But since people like you have been complaining about it, now they are offering it to you if you want. You should be satisfied.

Funny that I never found any reference to this online. If I had this option, for sure I would buy it.

I agree that although I’d like the faster charger, I don’t know whether it’s worth the extra expense for the limited times it would actually be needed. It seems to me that GM is really asking too much for the option.

I have a 2017 Volt with a 220 line in my garage and 220 at work. However, I want to be able to charge it as quickly as a Tesla can be charged when I am on trips. So far they have not accomplished that.

I don’t think there’s any point to charging a Volt on trips unless you can for free while eating or sleeping. Blink wanted to charge me $7.50 for a 50 mile charge, double the gas cost. Pay per charge isn’t meant for PHEVs. This new Volt charger does have merit to me as I can’t fully trickle charge overnight, can’t plug in enuf hours. In mean time I’m upgrading my elect and heard a short jumper with 120 / 240 plugs is all I need. Standard charger can handle either.

For Canadians, the 7.2 kW charger option is $995.