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By Nick Chambers ·
October 07, 2010

Chevy Volt Home Charging Unit to Cost About $2,000 For Equipment and Installation

The Chevy Volt, just like the Nissan LEAF and the upcoming Ford Focus Electric, will come equipped with a cord to be able to charge from a Level 1, 3-Prong outlet, but if you want access to the higher speed charging station you'll need to pay extra—significantly extra.

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By Nick Chambers ·
October 06, 2010

Get $15,000 Off Your Chevy Volt or Nissan LEAF in Lansing, Michigan

A program in Lansing, Michigan, that provides what is likely the best deal in the nation towards the purchase of a plug-in vehicle has come to light over the last few days—and it's a wonder that it wasn't plastered all over the news to this point.

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By Nick Chambers ·
October 05, 2010

Want to Know How the Volt Works? Chevrolet Releases Series of Educational Videos

In order to prepare future Volt owners to operate their brand new cutting edge vehicle, Chevrolet has released a series of videos explaining everything from how to judge long-term fuel economy to how to charge the battery.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 29, 2010

Plug-in Charging Infrastructure to Cover Entire I-5 Corridor in Oregon; Aims for Mexico to Canada

ECOtality, one of the largest suppliers of electric vehicle charging equipment and networks, today announced that they will be expanding the EV Project in Oregon to include DC fast charging stations on the southern stretch of Interstate 5 in Oregon. This addition will add to the already planned coverage on the northern part of the state, and would make Oregon the first state to have a complete DC fast charging network from north to south.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 29, 2010

First Impressions of Chevy Volt Customer Advisors

The General Motors A-Team of Chevy Volt customer advisors gathered yesterday to receive product information, and take a drive at the Milford proving grounds. Participants were chosen, in part, for their past experience with the EV1 and G.M.’s hydrogen fuel cell cars—while others have leased or owned the Mini E or Toyota Prius. This experience provided useful points of comparison with the Chevy Volt.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 28, 2010

Chevy Announces Volt Customer Advisory Board

At an event today in Detroit, Chevy announced the members of a new Customer Advisory Board, representing the final phase of the carmaker's Volt pre-release validation program. In total, 15 board members will each be given a pre-production Chevy Volt to test until January of 2011.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 27, 2010

Truth About Volt’s Mechanical Linkages Starts to Emerge

Back in June, we published a story on HybridCars.com about how the Chevy Volt is more of a conventional hybrid than previously thought. The most ardent Volt fans accused us of bad journalism, but a new G.M. patent application indicates that we were on the right track. Moreover, it shows that the distinctions between different electric-drive cars are less important that what they have in common.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 24, 2010

GM Now Says Volt Has "Typical All-Electric Range of 25-50 miles"; Does it Matter?

For the better part of three years, GM has been saying that the Volt will travel a solid 40 miles on battery power alone, at which point the engine will kick on and power a generator to charge the battery and run the electric motor, providing an additional 300 or so miles of range. But now it seems that in order to manage customer expectations, GM is saying the all electric mileage will vary.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 21, 2010

Carmakers Embracing the Afterlife for Electric Vehicle Batteries

In 2008, Tesla engineer Kurt Kelty said in a blog post that the company was looking at second-life applications for its lithium ion battery packs, in addition to its already-existing recycling program. At the time it seemed like a nice idea—if one that was still far from becoming a reality. But recently, several other carmakers have discussed the steps they're taking toward repurposing the packs that will go into their plug-ins, and it's looking more and more like repurposed EV batteries could end up finding widespread use as storage for small, renewable power stations.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 21, 2010

Former Car Czar Skeptical About Electric Vehicle Investment

In his new book "Overhaul," former car-czar Steven Rattner details his experience in administering the auto bailouts and the internal clashes that arose from them. The book has been billed as the first insider account of the Obama administration, and while political tell-alls aren't exactly within the scope of our coverage here at PluginCars.com, Josie Garthwaite yesterday pointed us to a few details from the book that should be of interest to electric vehicle enthusiasts.

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