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 |  Dec 31 2012, 9:01 AM

Thanks to additional costs for services and repairs, some Chevy dealers are choosing not to carry the Volt.

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 |  Dec 29 2012, 11:01 AM

According to a recent study conducted by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, consumers are more interested in purchasing hybrid-electric vehicles than electric-only vehicles.

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 |  Dec 21 2012, 12:04 PM

Inflatable Gorillas and free hot dogs aren’t enough of a gimmick to get Europeans in to buy cars, but a 30-day return policy might be.

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 5:23 PM

Collectively, Chevrolet claims that owners of Volt range-extended EVs have driven over 100 million miles on nothing but all-electric power. 

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 |  Dec 04 2012, 7:02 PM

Chevrolet’s answer to the electric car problem, the Volt, faltered in sales last month, dropping to roughly half the volume seen in September and October. 

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 12:55 PM

General Motors is focusing on plug-in technology for the next five years, aiming to have 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017.

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 |  Nov 04 2012, 6:29 PM

In the battle of the ‘big three’, General Motors is proving to have the most reliable vehicles.

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 |  Oct 23 2012, 10:45 AM

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just granted the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid access to Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing drivers access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

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 |  Oct 11 2012, 10:10 AM

The new Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is officially rated at 100 MPGe combined by the EPA making it the most fuel efficient plug-in model in America.

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 |  Oct 05 2012, 2:02 PM

OnStar is testing a new app that will tell Chevrolet Volt owners the energy cost associated with charging their car. 

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 |  Oct 02 2012, 6:32 PM

Among a market bearish toward buying pure EVs, Nissan’s Leaf isn’t getting any breaks and the brand’s executives know it.

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 |  Sep 21 2012, 10:30 AM

On September 23, 2012, owners of plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles are invited to particiapate in National Plug-In Day, meant to celebrate and spread awareness about environmentally friendly vehicles. 

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 |  Sep 15 2012, 9:01 AM

The Chevrolet Volt is about to get a boost in its sales figures, as the United States Department of Defense is planning to purchase 1,500 electric vehicles, including plenty of Volts.

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 8:01 AM

In a recent report detailing the failings of General Motors, it was reported that the automaker was allegedly losing $49,000 on every Chevrolet Volt sold. GM has now issued a statement refuting those claims.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 8:07 PM

Due to a glitch with its OnStar system, General Motors has been forced to stop the sale of several models as the American automaker moves quickly to resolve the issue.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 9:01 AM

The Chevrolet Volt may be enjoying improved sales over the last few months, but the American automaker is still not satisfied with the results. In hopes of getting more Volt drivers on the road, some dealerships are offering a lease special thanks to dealer incentives.

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 |  Aug 03 2012, 8:31 AM

As July’s car sales figures start to trickle in, the Chevrolet Volt continued its dominance against the Nissan Leaf for the sixth straight month in a row.

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 |  Aug 02 2012, 2:30 PM

Going Electric


 

 

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf initiated a whole new movement in the auto industry. With the realization that an all-electric vehicle can be useful in everyday driving situations thanks to a large battery and more efficient fast charging technology, automakers are hopping on the electric vehicle bandwagon.

“Overall automakers want to be prepared,” says Devin Lindsay, an automotive powertrain analyst from IHS Automotive. “EVs are another tool for automakers to reach out to consumers” he says, mentioning that automakers are taking EVs seriously, rather than just putting a bunch of batteries and motors in an existing product.

It’s interesting to see how automakers make electric cars from the ground up to use only electric propulsion. For example Tesla and Cadillac are all making vehicles that will exclusively be used with an electric powertrain. Others are modifying their current successful vehicles to EVs. Lets take a look at the different EVs that will be arriving soon (or are already here), and learn a bit about the new technology behind it.

 |  Jul 19 2012, 11:31 AM

10. Mazda2: 1.5L (1498 cc)


 

In an effort to make the most fuel efficient vehicles, automakers are looking at smaller displacement engines, which have made it into plenty of compact and subcompact vehicles.

The motors in these vehicles don’t pack much power, or torque, and are all aimed to use the least amount of fuel. These cars are all ranked in order, right down to the cubic centimeter from most displacement, to least, so take a look below, to see the list of smallest engines available today.

The subcompact Mazda2 is the first on our list, with the biggest engine here. Thanks to its 1498cc four-cylinder engine, the Mazda2 makes 100-hp at 6000 rpm. Of course, that’s not much but what else do you need in a 2300-lb city car? The Mazda2 starts at $14,530 which isn’t too much for a car that gets 29/35 mpg city/highway with the manual or 28/34 mpg city/highway with the auto.

 |  Jul 18 2012, 7:31 AM

All the Chevrolet Volts around the world have collectively driven more than 100 million miles, with over 60 percent of those miles driven on pure electric power.

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 |  Jul 08 2012, 2:00 PM

What a turnaround the Chevrolet Volt has experienced in the past few months.

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 |  Jun 29 2012, 8:01 AM

We were already well aware that the Cadillac ELR would make its production debut next year as a 2014 model, but details on the Chevrolet Volt-based Cadillac have been sparse.

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 |  Jun 05 2012, 9:02 AM

Consumers snubbed the Chevrolet Volt when it was more readily available, prompting the automaker to pare back production, but Californians are chancing their mind about the Chevy just as those decisions take hold of supply. 

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 8:50 AM

Even though EV sales are a bit sluggish and the technology is taking some time for consumers to adopt, it appears that two of the more popular EVs and PHEVs – the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf – are retaining much of their value on the used car market.

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