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By Alysha Webb ·
April 15, 2014

Tony Posawatz Reflects on Volt, Fisker and Future of EVs

Talking with Tony Posawatz makes one optimistic about the future for electric vehicles. The executive who helped create GM’s Volt, and tried to save Fisker Automotive, is now spreading his talent around to many EV-space companies and he is stoked. “I am a passionate believer in electric drive tech and auto clean tech stuff,” he told

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By Alysha Webb ·
January 17, 2014 Names the Nissan LEAF as “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year”, a consumer website aiming to help ordinary people choose the right car, has named the 2013 Nissan LEAF its “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year.” The LEAF’s competitors this year were the Chevrolet Volt and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI, executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder told The LEAF “is accessible, high-volume, and most recently started to address the limitations that have kept people from buying it,” he said.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 22, 2013

How Car Companies Can Avoid the Dark Side: Electric Cars

Dave Barthmuss, General Motors spokesman, stood up to the microphone at last week’s meeting of the Western Journalists Association (WAJ) in San Jose, Calif. Before uttering a word, he paused, surveyed the room of writers, and let out a sigh of relief. Dave then reminded the crowd how far that he and GM had come in the last seven years—from the time, as he put it, he was portrayed as the Darth Vader character in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which chronicled the infamous crushing of EV1 electric cars, and the ensuing demise of a previous generation of EVs.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 17, 2013

For GM, Making More Affordable, Longer-Range EVs Is a Top Priority

General Motors may be readying itself to launch the Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe later this year, but building more affordable and capable plug in cars is its top priority, Doug Parks, GM’s vice president for global product programs said on Monday. Talking with reporters at GM’s global battery systems laboratory near Detroit, Parks reinforced that affordability and performance were two key goals to widen electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid adoption.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 09, 2013

LG Chem Shuts Down Plant Where Volt Battery Cells Are Made

Less than a month after LG Chem finally started U.S. production of lithium-ion battery cells destined for GM electric cars, including the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, an EPA investigation into some of the chemicals used during cell manufacture has caused LG Chem to shut the facility for six weeks.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
September 04, 2013

The Chevrolet Volt Reigns and Won't Get Challenged by Germans

The Frankfurt motor show opens next week, and news about the cars that will be introduced there are coming fast. There will be several new plug-in hybrids: Audi A3 e-tron, BMW i8, and Mercedes S-class, and others. But none have specifications that match those of the Chevrolet Volt.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 06, 2013

2014 Volt Drops Price By $5,000 to $34,995

General Motors has announced it will drop the price of the base model Chevrolet Volt by $5,000 when the 2014 model year goes on sale later this summer. Now in its third year of production, the popular range-extended electric car will now start at just $34,995, including a mandatory $810 destination fee, placing it within reach of more Americans than ever before.

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By David Herron ·
August 05, 2013

Long-Distance Shipping of Electric Car Parts Adds Environmental Impact

That shiny new electric car in your driveway will dramatically reduce your personal environmental footprint, but when the manufacturer ships parts around the world before assembling the car, the transportation of those parts adds to the environmental impact of the car.

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By Alysha Webb ·
August 02, 2013

Ford and GM Plug-in Hybrids Are Both Gas-Free About 60 Percent of Driving

You get about the same percentage of pure electric miles from a series plug-in hybrid, like a Volt, as you do from a series-parallel plug-in hybrid, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid. That’s according to data from Ford and General Motors. Which technology you prefer may come down to the length of your commute and the size of your pocketbook.

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By David Herron ·
July 26, 2013

GM Electrification Downplays All-Electric Cars

On Wednesday, General Motors published a roadmap for its vehicle electrification program. Pam Fletcher, global chief engineer for Volt and plug-In hybrid electric powertrains at GM, explains the three broad categories of vehicle electrification: light electrification, plug-in hybrid (or extended-range EV), and pure electric. She also makes it clear that most of GM's emphasis will be on the first two categories—with the Chevy Spark EV, a limited production vehicle, the sole mention of any pure electric cars.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. What Is An Electric Car?
    Before we get going, let's establish basic definitions.
  2. A Quick Guide to Plug-in Hybrids
    Some plug-in cars have back-up engines to extend driving range.
  3. Electric Cars Pros and Cons
    EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
  4. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  5. Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  6. Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
    EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at TCO.
  7. Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
  8. Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
    With the right utility plan, electric fuel can be dirt cheap.
  9. The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
    If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
  10. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
    Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.