CHEVY VOLT KINDA PRICEY AT $41K: Volt’s price induces some sticker shock. “The long-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, General Motors’ electric car, will cost $41,000, the company announced Tuesday, leaving consumers to decide whether its environmental appeal is worth a price far above that of similarly sized conventional autos.” Of course, there’s a $7500 tax credit. I’m guessing that without that, the Volt would be significantly cheaper.

But who can resist this sales pitch? “The Chevrolet Volt will be the best vehicle in its class . . . because it’s in a class by itself.” I’m actually modestly excited about the Volt, but my excitement is tempered by my expectation that GM will probably screw it up somehow. I hope I’m wrong.