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 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 ·
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 Nick Kurczewski ·
November 23, 2012

General Electric Purchase of Electric Cars Is Slow Process

Earlier this week, GE has announced it will include 2,000 Ford C-Max Energi plug-ins into a plan to replace roughly half of its 30,000 strong fleet of vehicles with greener, more economically minded alternatives. You might remember, however, that more than two years ago it was the Chevrolet Volt making nearly the same headlines—and guaranteeing Chevy a steady stream of sales—when GE stated it would add 12,000 Volts to its fleet.

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By Eric Loveday ·
September 24, 2012

Dealerships Still Offering Deep Discounts of Up to $10,000 Off Chevy Volt

Discounts on the Chevy Volt are more than four times the industry's per-vehicle average, according to TrueCar.com estimates, reaching as much as $10,000 per vehicle. The incentives include low-interest financing, cash rebates to buyers, sales bonuses to dealers, and heavily subsidized leases.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 29, 2012

Chevrolet Volt Sales Hit Monthly Record in August

The Chevrolet Volt is set to achieve a monthly sales record, with more than 2,500 units of the plug-in hybrid having been purchased in August. This tops the Volt’s previous sales record set in March of this year.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 28, 2012

Chevy Idles Volt, Media Draws Politicized Conclusions

GM will temporarily halt production of the Chevy Volt at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory next month as part of a planned shutdown to retool the facility for the remade Impala line. Some media outlets took the news as a sign that Volt sales had tanked, jumping back into the same predictable narratives that have maligned the car since before its release.

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