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Cars.com, 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, Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder told PluginCars.com. The LEAF “is accessible, high-volume, and most recently started to address the limitations that have kept people from buying it,” he said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As reported yesterday by Scientific American, General Motors is considering a new aspect of a research project in Austin, Tex., that reduces the amount of electricity each Volt's battery pack takes during peak high-demand periods of air-conditioning use in the heat of summer.