The Chevy Volt is now estimated to cost something like $43,000, while a Toyota Prius is under $30,000. Go figure.

The Volt appears to be way overloaded with extras, adding substantially to the cost. The electric car buyer of today is more of a minimalist, I’d say, certainly not needing, nor wanting, these extras, and definitely not wanting to pay for them.

Here’s an example, from, showing in concept how a Volt could be monitored from one’s iPhone:

Chevy Volt on Your iPhone

Chevy Volt on Your Blackberry?

Throw in a fancy stereo, styling, etc., and now the price of a Volt seems to be far more than necessary.