GM expands electric vehicles Chevrolet Volt orders to all 50 states

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will build 60000 of its Chevrolet Volt electric cars next year, a 30% increase from the company’s prior plans.

For its second year of production, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car will come down $1,000 in price and be offered with several new features and two new colors. The list price of the 2012 Volt, including an $850 destination fee, is $39,995. That compares to $41,000 for the 2011 model.

The most expensive 2012 Volt will hit $46,265 including delivery, before subtracting any applicable Federal, state, local, and corporate incentives. Many 2012 Volt buyers may be eligible for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit for the purchase of an electric car.

The three option packages offered on this year’s Volt expand to a total of seven for the 2012 model. Chevrolet has added several features to the 2012 Volt, including standard keyless access with passive locking. When the keyfob moves beyond a certain distance away from the car (in a driver’s pocket, say), the new Volt will automatically lock itself.

The turn-by-turn navigation feature in GM’s Onstar service is now standard for three years. And the standard AM/FM stereo with CD player now includes MP3 playback and a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display