Is $41,000 Too Much For A Chevy Volt?

After months of speculation about what price General Motors would slap on its first electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt, we finally have an answer, and it’s an expensive one. The Chevy — oops, we mean Chevrolet — vehicle will debut with a price tag of $41,000.

That puts the Volt squarely in the luxury range of GM vehicles, somewhere between the Cadillac CTS and the Corvette Coupe.

Knocking down the price a bit for buyers is the $7,500 federal tax credit for Volt buyers. Additionally, a number of states are offering their own tax incentives for car buyers who go electric.

A few weeks ago, our test track cousins at Consumer Reports got their hands on a Volt for testing purposes and came up with a “not bad” assessment after some hands-on driving.

But what do you think? Is a $41,000 car (or even a $33,500 one) the right way to introduce electric cars to the mass market? Or is it better to keep this market small until the technology has been developed further?

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