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By Brad Berman ·
December 23, 2011

Faulty Study Pegs Chevy Volt's Cost to Taxpayers at $250,000 Per Vehicle

A calculator in the wrong hands is a very dangerous thing. Case in point: Number crunching about the cost of the Chevy Volt by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Despite having a degree in economics from Northwood University (according to the Mackinac website), Mr. Hohman conveniently neglects any notion of research and development costs being amortized over an entire product cycle. He takes the full amount of all public funding offered to support the Volt’s development, and divides it by the number of Volts sold so far. Hohman thereby declares that the Chevy Volt’s cost to taxpayers is up to $250,000 per vehicle.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 21, 2011

GM CEO Akerson Discusses Chevy Volt in AP Interview

With the Chevy Volt constantly grabbing headlines for various reasons, including recent battery-related fires, General Motors' chief executive officer, Dan Akerson, decided to set aside some time to candidly discuss the Volt in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 19, 2011

Electric Car Availability Expands in Canada

Nissan of Canada has officially opened its online Nissan LEAF reservation system to the general public. Now, all Canadians who live within about 40 miles of the 27 Nissan LEAF certified dealers across Canada have the opportunity to purchase Nissan's electric hatchback. Combine this with the rollout of the Mitsubishi i electric car, and nationwide availability of the Chevy Volt, to create real EV choices for Canadian consumers.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
December 16, 2011

Hysteria Over Chevy Volt Fires Motivated by Politics

We all knew it was going to happen, yet when it did it’s still been hard to watch how some in the media are blowing the volt fires out of proportion. I knew the first incident involving a fire with an electric car was going to be in the news and give the EV naysayers all they need to come out and say “See, I told you these cars aren’t safe.”

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By Brad Berman ·
December 12, 2011

Nissan and Ford Respond to Chevy Volt Fire Issue

A year ago, PluginCars.com contributor Tom Molougney wondered if Nissan made the right call to not use an active thermal management system—which could be the key to maintaining expected driving range in extreme temperatures. At the time, Nissan said, "We are confident the LEAF will perform well in all ambient temperatures." New light is cast on that question, now that the Chevy Volt’s liquid coolant has been identified as a possible cause of fires that might occur weeks after a severe accident.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 08, 2011

At $1,000 per Vehicle, Fix to Chevy Volt Battery Pack Is Cheap

General Motors is apparently close to finalizing a package of modifications for the Chevrolet Volt's lithium-ion battery pack to prevent fires from being triggered after severe crashes. Sources inside GM indicated that the modifications will include laminating some of the circuitry within the Chevy Volt's battery, reinforcing the protective case that surrounds the 16-kWh unit and redesigning the pack's cooling system to prevent after-crash leaks.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 05, 2011

Biggest Risk from Chevy Volt Fire: Undermining Consumer Confidence

What’s the biggest fear held by electric carmakers and advocates? That an isolated incident of an individual EV mysteriously catching fire would tarnish the image of all electric cars and put the brakes on the emerging market for battery-powered cars.  Unfortunately, those fears are starting to become too real―and GM's handling of the issue has only exacerbated the problem.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 05, 2011

GM Says Chevy Volt Battery Pack Redesign a Possibility, Offers Buyback

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson announced last week that a redesign of the T-shaped lithium ion battery pack that powers the Chevrolet Volt is under consideration to address issues raised after the NHTSA opened a formal investigation into safety-related issues involving the Volt's potential to catch fire after a side-impact crash. The automaker also said that it will buy back Volts from any owner concerned that the vehicle is a fire risk

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 04, 2011

Chevy Cruze Plug-in Hybrid in the Works?

General Motors might give its best-selling compact sedan, the Chevrolet Cruze, the plug-in hybrid treatment soon. According to Jim Federico, a plug-in hybrid Cruze wouldn’t make the Chevy Volt redundant because the Cruze will feature a more conventional hybrid powertrain, rather than the Volt's extended-range system.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 01, 2011

Chevy Volt Sales Trump Nissan LEAF in November 2011

Sales of the Nissan LEAF in the US dipped in November, allowing the Chevy Volt to grab the top spot among plug-in vehicles. Combined sales of cars that use grid-supplied electricity as fuel now sit at nearly 15,000 vehicles.

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