The Chevy Bolt was the auto industry’s first affordable long-range electric car. It starts at $37,500 and provides 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is now joined by long-range, low-priced EVs from Hyundai, Nissan, and Kia—as well as the slightly more expensive Tesla Model 3. The all-electric Bolt is a well-rounded, comfortable, and zippy hatchback that can work for everyday drivers.

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The Chevy Volt is the world’s most popular plug-in hybrid. While the first-generation model was designed to attract early adopters, the current edition has mass appeal. It has more all-electric range. It's faster, and the design is more pleasant.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 11, 2013

GM's Mary Barra: A Cautious Thumbs-Up for Electric Cars

The first woman to head a major car company is a team player and consensus builder, not the man with a mission that Bob Lutz was when he pushed the Volt through the bureacracy. But this trained electrical engineer knows the value of electrification for GM and the auto industry's future.

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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 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 Jim Motavalli ·
July 23, 2013

Chevy Spark EV Expands to Europe and Korea

The gasoline Spark is an international car, and the plug-in version follows suit. Korea, where the Spark is made, is likely to be a very robust EV market. Europe is still evolving, but there are positive signs.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 27, 2013

The Rise of the $200-Per-Month Electric Car

Leasing the Chevy Spark EV will cost just $199 per month for 36 months (with $999 due at lease). The pricing is part of a recent trend among electric vehicle makers, with both the Nissan LEAF and Fiat 500e also having been made available at the same monthly cost.

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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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