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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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By Brad Berman ·
June 19, 2013

General Motors Research Project Could Take Control of Charging for Volt Owners

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.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 11, 2013

G.M. Offers Deals On Chevy Volt, to Reduce Bloated Inventory

Last week, I wrote about how Chevy Volt sales had it a plateau. Readers responded by commenting that Chevy dealers have lots of Volts sitting at dealerships, and that General Motors needs to cut prices to get those cars to move. G.M. was already moving in that direction, because the company last week started putting big bucks on the hood of each Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 06, 2013

Flat Sales of Chevy Volt Raise the Possibility of a Plateau

Think back to 2008 and 2009, when General Motors was releasing daily media missives characterizing the Chevy Volt as “game changing” and “revolutionary.” Unless we redefine the meaning of “revolutionary,” it would be hard to apply the term to current sales levels. G.M. sold 1,607 Volts in May, down 4.3 percent from a year ago. In the first five months of 2013, the company sold only 100 more Volts than during the same period last year.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 07, 2013

Should GM Cut the Price or De-Content the Chevy Volt?

Experts weigh in, but I think to stay competitive with the Nissan LEAF a modest price drop should accompany some value-added tweaks. An alternative, says dealer Leo Karl III, is a new entry-level model.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 01, 2013

LEAF Continues Spring Sales Rejuvenation, Leaving Other Plug-ins in the Dust

April was another good month for the Nissan LEAF, which moved 1,936 units nationwide to post its second best month of sales since hitting the market in late 2010.

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By David Herron ·
May 01, 2013

GM: Next Generation Volt Will Be $10,000 Cheaper to Build

Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference, G.M. chief executive Dan Akerson spoke about the company's sustainability efforts and greener vehicles. He said the next-generation Chevy Volt, due in 2015 or 2016, would cost less to build and finally be profitable.

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 02, 2013

LEAF Sales Soar in March, Volt Remains Stable

Nissan LEAF sales soared to a record high in March 2013, beating the previous high-water mark by a substantial margin. Meanwhile, Chevy Volt sales remained relatively stable.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 26, 2013

AAA Chooses Chevy Volt as a Top Commuter Car

According to AAA, the Chevrolet Volt is among the best commuter vehicles in the United States. Experts from the membership-based travel organization evaluate hundreds of vehicles each year based on comfort, performance and fuel efficiency.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.