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By Alysha Webb ·
October 10, 2011

GM President: Demand for Chevy Volt Is Still Unknown

GM isn’t sure right now what exact demand for the Volt is, said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “Right around [the second or third quarter] of next year, we will actually know what the demand for Volts is.” GM delivered 700 Volts last month—its best month yet, said Reuss. This month it figures to deliver more than 4,000 Volts to dealers, he said.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 06, 2011

EV Webchat Tomorrow With Britta Gross and Jim Motavalli

Chevy will be hosting an open webchat tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EDT (11:30 a.m. PDT) about plug-in vehicles. Participating in the chat will be Britta Gross, director of EV infrastructure for General Motors, and PluginCars.com's own Jim Motavalli, whose upcoming book "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry" comes out November 8.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 30, 2011

Executives That Champion Electric Cars: Should They Drive One?

Via Motors, an electric vehicle conversion company, announced on Monday that legendary car guy Bob Lutz has become a director on its board. Naming a high-profile auto exec like Lutz could help Via achieve its goals: to begin filling fleet orders for its range-extended Chevy Silverado-based pickups later this year and to start offering converted EVs to individuals in 2013. But Chelsea Sexton—a long-time electric advocate and a contributor to this site—tweeted in response to this week’s news: “Bob Lutz director to another EV Co. But when does he start driving the tech he champions?”

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By Alysha Webb ·
September 20, 2011

GM and Chinese Partner Will Develop Electric Cars

General Motors announced today it will jointly develop an electric vehicle for the China market with its Chinese partner, SAIC. The EV will be developed at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) , a 50/50 research and engineering venture in Shanghai between GM and SAIC. Wait a minute! What about all those recent stories blasting China for requiring GM to share the Volt’s technology in order to qualify for the purchase subsidies the Chinese government offers for electric cars?

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By Brad Berman ·
September 15, 2011

Sept. 16: Chevy and Kiplinger Live Chat about Electric Car Economics

One of the common criticisms of plug-in cars is that they are too expensive. Critics repeatedly argue that the return-on-investment of an electric car will never be repaid during the ownership period. I believe this argument misses the mark on multiple levels. PluginCars.com is pleased to host a live chat about EV economics with Kiplinger's Jessica Anderson and Tony Posawatz, Chevrolet Volt vehicle line director. Join us on Friday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 PM EST.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 23, 2011

Pike Research Forecasts 1 Million Plug-in Electric Cars by 2016

Nobody has a crystal ball clear enough to see how big the electric car market will be five years from now. But Pike Research, the Colorado-based clean tech analyst firm, has as much of a grasp on the EV market as anybody. I’ve come to see the firm’s forecasts as fair and reasonable—based on best currently available knowledge, rather than personal or political biases either for or against electric cars. In its latest forecast for electrified vehicles released this week, Pike’s Dave Hurst says that the United States will fall short of President Obama’s widely publicized goal of having 1 million plug-in vehicles on American roads by 2015. But just by one year.

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By Chelsea Sexton ·
August 22, 2011

GM Sponsors Bill That Creates Problems for Electric Car Charging

For the second time, General Motors has sponsored a California bill that creates more problems for electric car owners than it solves. Without some eleventh-hour intervention, AB475 is going to pass. As other states often follow California’s lead, the perils of this trend are hardly restricted to the left coast.

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By John Gartner ·
July 25, 2011

‘Generals’ Devise Tactics for Grid-EV Collision

The intersection of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and the smart grid has prompted many partnerships, but none may create more impact than General Motors and General Electric getting together. Each company is evolving the communications platform in its relative domains to enable interaction with the other, which could provide a vital link between vehicles and grid equipment.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 12, 2011

Chevy Volt Blogger Invites Plug-in Supporters to Bay Area EV Meet-up

On August 6, the founder of MyChevroletVolt.com will host plug-in drivers of all stripes, media, and anyone else who's interested in electric drive, at the first ever Bay Area EV Meet-up in Palo Alto, California.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
June 23, 2011

Don't Expect Much, But It's an EV From GM, Thanks to Opel

Have you seen an electric car from General Motors prowling American roads lately? I bet you haven't. And yet you could easily see one if you happen to live around Karlsruhe, in Germany. These aren't Chevrolets, they're from Opel, the European arm of GM.

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