Chevrolet Volt Sales Top Nissan Leaf for Fifth Straight Month

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

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Cadillac ELR Engine Detailed as More Powerful Volt Motor

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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Chevrolet Volt Demand Rises in California as Supply Falls

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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Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt One-Year Resale Values Top 90 Percent

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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Chevrolet Volt Lures Customers From Other Brands

The Chevrolet Volt is converting Prius faithfuls to the bowtie brand as nearly seven in 10 new Volt buyers trade in a competitor’s vehicle to get one, according to Chevy.

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What Happens When Your Volt or Ampera Battery Gets Old?

The Chevrolet Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera represent a new kind of powertrain for General Motors which the company has covered with an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty, but what happens to that expensive battery should it cause issues, or after its usable service life?

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Chevrolet Volt Owners Save 2.1 Million Gallons of Gas

Chevrolet Volt owners who bought their cars to save the world can finally rejoice: they’ve saved a collective 2.1 million gallons of gas and counting according to the company.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Bests Volt, Leaf in April Sales

Toyota continues to enjoy success with its Prius family of models, as its plug-in hybrid sold 1,654 units in the month of April.

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Hydrogen Cars and Who is Making Them

Electric cars may have arrived, but the search for the perfect alternative fuel is still in progress. There are still a few major issues that keep battery powered vehicles from replacing the internal combustion engine.

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What is MPGe: Electric Car Fuel Economy Ratings Explained

Ford recently announced the EPA fuel efficiency rating for its electric Focus model. Since it doesn’t burn any gasoline, the number isn’t in miles per gallon (MPG), but was given as miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe. A new term to the automotive lexicon, it’s worth exploring exactly what MPGe means and how an MPGe rating is determined, especially as the number of electric cars and plug-in electric hybrids on the roads continues to increase.

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Colorado Bill Puts State Hybrid Subsidy in More Consumer Pockets

Colorado makes its way into the news every once in a while for having one of the friendliest hybrid and electric vehicle incentive programs of any state in the Union. 

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Chevrolet Volt Sets New Monthly Sales Record in March

March was a great month for many manufacturers, and Chevrolet posted some record setting sales numbers with its extended range electric vehicle, the Volt.

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Chevrolet Volt Added to Chicago Zipcar Fleet

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has decided to add five Chevrolet Volts to its Chicago fleet with up to 20 more EVs coming in 2012.

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Bush Senior Defies Republican Stereotype, Buys Chevy Volt

Who would have thought it? Given the flack the Chevy Volt has received at Republican hands over the last few months, former Republican president George H. W. Bush dealt the Volt attackers a serious blow, deciding to purchase one of GM’s extended range electric cars.

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New Chevy Volt Ads Feature "Happiest Drivers on the Planet"

There’s no denying that Chevrolet Volt sales have been sluggish. GM has admitted as much with production halted currently until April 23rd.

So the American automaker went back to the drawing board to come up with a new ad campaign for its Volt. Because no doubt, the ad created for the Super Bowl had less than stellar results. This time around, they (smartly) decided to stick to just human beings, showing somewhat candid interviews of “Happy Volt Owners.”

GM CEO Dan Akerson says these commercials will feature “the facts” and are “more interesting” now that they have “the happiest drivers on the planet” in the ads.

The ads are a little more effective than using interstellar aliens inquiring about the Volt technology. It’s real-world people trying to explain how the Volt offers real-world advantages. Will it do the job for Chevy? Perhaps the automaker should see what their European brethren are doing to sell the Ampera.

Watch two of the commercials below

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