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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 01, 2011

Supply Side: It Takes a Village to Build a Chevrolet Volt

The Volt isn't a vertically integrated GM package--components big and small come from at least 60 suppliers. Here's a look at some of them.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 26, 2011

NHTSA Launches Formal Investigation to Assess Risk of Fire in Chevy Volt

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal safety defect investigation (Action Number PE11037) to assess the risk of battery-related fires in Chevy Volts that have been involved in serious accidents.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 17, 2011

Jay Leno Drives his Chevy Volt 11,000 Miles on 4.6 Gallons of Gas

Talk show host and automobile aficionado Jay Leno Jay Leno has driven his Chevrolet Volt to and from “The Tonight Show” daily since taking delivery of his plug-in hybrid in December. To date, Leno has covered more than 10,000 miles on grid energy and is still on the same tank of gas that was in the Volt when he bought it.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 12, 2011

Chevy Volt Fire Raises Questions, But Safety Problem Very Unlikely

A Chevrolet Volt that caught fire three weeks after its lithium-ion battery was damaged in a crash test conducted by the NHTSA has regulators taking an in-depth look at the safety of electric vehicles batteries, federal officials announced on Friday. But based on initial testing, regulators believe lithium-ion batteries are safe and don't pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-fueled vehicles.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 11, 2011

Chevy Volt Totaled After Collision with Bus: All Occupants Escape Unharmed

A forum user on posted pictures of his recently totaled Chevy Volt. The Volt became a martyr after a nasty highway collision involving a bus. According to the driver, a Ford Taurus veered into the Volt's path, causing the plug-in hybrid to hit a school bus. Despite the massive damage, all four occupants walked away from the wreck with no serious injuries.

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By Eric Loveday ·
October 31, 2011

Consumer Reports Says Chevy Volt Is GM's Most Reliable Vehicle

In Consumer Reports' annual automobile survey, the Chevrolet Volt was found to be General Motors' most reliable vehicle. Nonetheless, it's score was beat by the Nissan LEAF. This raises a question about the relationship between reliability and the relative complexity of a plug-in hybrid versus a pure electric car.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 24, 2011

Electric Car or Plug-in Hybrid: Not Either/Or Choice for Carmakers

As electric cars started rolling out in the past year, major car companies staked a claim on a single specific type of battery-powered car technology. Each argued that its technology—ranging from conventional hybrid to pure electric vehicle—is by far the best approach, and the others are fatally flawed. But with today’s announcement that Nissan will make a plug-in hybrid by 2015, and last week’s news that General Motors will make a small pure electric car, it appears that major auto OEMs cannot avoid offering a portfolio of hybrid, plug-in hybrids and EVs.

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By Dave Hurst ·
October 20, 2011

REEVs and PHEVs: A Distinction, or a Difference?

Recently, at the EV 2011 VE conference in Toronto, I had the opportunity to drive the new plug-in Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt back to back. The differences in the electric-drive behavior of the two vehicles have the potential to catch people off guard as they weigh their EV choices.

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By John Gartner ·
October 17, 2011

Prius Plug-in Versus Volt: Which Costs Less to Drive?

Now that Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been officially announced, we can begin the comparisons with the other plug-in electric vehicle with an extended driving range, the Chevrolet Volt.  The underlying question is which is more important to consumers: electric driving range, or total vehicle fuel efficiency?

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By Brad Berman ·
October 13, 2011

Chevy Spark Electric Minicar Designed for California Emissions Compliance

General Motors confirmed yesterday it will make an all-electric minicar called the Chevy Spark, to debut in 2013. While more product choice of electric cars is a positive step for the market, EV advocates worry that another small limited-range and potentially underpowered electric car will fuel negative stereotypes about electric vehicles. They wonder why the Spark was selected as the company's first all-electric model since the ill-fated EV1, when GM is capable of producing a much more appealing and exciting electric vehicle.

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New to EVs? Start here

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    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
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