GM to Replace 2011-2012 Chevrolet Volt's 120 Volt Charging Cord for Better Consistency

By Joel Arellano | March 23, 2012
If your Chevrolet dealership offers to exchange your cable, don't start complaining about your current cable service, no matter how bad it is. General Motors announced earlier this week that it will be replacing the 120 volt charge cord unit on its 2011-2012 Chevy Volt hybrid electric vehicles. (The Chevy Volt charge cord unit consists of the plugs, the housing unit, and cord.) GM states the exchange is part of a "customer satisfaction program" which includes the battery enhancements currently underway on 2011-2012 Chevrolet Volts. The cable on the Volt's new charge cord unit will be bigger/thicker, enhancing its durability, states GM. Otherwise, recharge time for the Chevrolet Volt is not affected. GM spokesperson Randy Fox said the new unit is made in response to owner's input. (Think computer companies, who constantly revise their hardware/software for their constituency.)
The Chevrolet Volt's 240 volt cords are not affected by this program. The Chevrolet Volt went on sale in late 2010 as a 2011 model. Fewer than 8,000 of the electric car hybrid have been sold in the U.S. The Chevy Volt starts around $39,000, with federal and state tax credits and subsidies reducing the price to as low as $31,645. Destination and handling fee are not included in these figures. Sources: Detroit Free Press, Reuters