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By Michael Coates ·
September 19, 2010

Europeans Push For New Charger Plug

Concerned about fast-charging that will allow EVs to fully replace internal combustion engine vehicles, German automakers are pushing for an upgraded connector plug that will accommodate Level 3 and future direct current (DC) charging.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 17, 2010

Volt Aesthetics: High-Tech Chic or Gadgety Kitsch (New Photos)

The amount of computer sophistication found on the Chevy Volt is staggering. G.M. engineers used every ounce of their considerable technical prowess to manage the vehicle’s complex synthesis of motor, battery, engine, controllers and hardware. In terms of the vehicle’s operation, it’s business as usual for the driver: push the power button, step on the accelerator, and off you go. And yet, the moment you drop into the Volt, you can see the design teams effort to communicate a high-tech chic: an aesthetic of screens, buttons, circuit-like patterns, pod-like shelves, and a very prominent white center console that resembles an iPod in appearance and to the touch. Does it work?

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By Brad Berman ·
September 08, 2010

Putting Thought into Putting Gas in the Chevy Volt

If you own the Chevy Volt and drive less than 40 miles a day, then you will almost never have to visit a gas station. General Motors engineers took this into consideration when developing the gasoline storage system on the Volt. I recently had the chance to gas up the Volt, and learned just how much technology and computing power was applied to the refueling event. After all, when your car needs a gas fill-up only a few times a year, you have to make sure that storing gasoline for weeks or months won’t increase emissions.

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By Chris Davis ·
September 07, 2010

The Electric Vehicle Showcase at the Texas State Fair

The Electric Vehicle Showcase at the Texas State Fair gets people thinking about what it will take to get North Texas ready for electric vehicles, and the synergies that come from putting cars, buildings, the electrical grid and renewable energy together. This event marks the first appearance of the Chevy Volt in North Texas, and gives attendees the exclusive opportunity to test drive a Volt on the Ride and Drive Track at the State Fair. A panel session moderated by Texas Public Utilities Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman will dig into the challenges and opportunities of bringing electric vehicles to Texas.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 02, 2010

California Volt Owners Will Have to Wait for HOV Access

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday signed into law legislation that will effectively grant HOV lane access to the Nissan LEAF one year before the Chevy Volt.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 01, 2010

Battery Prices May Drop 19 to 25 Percent in 2010, Fueled By Korean-Japanese Price War

While many of us wait for the competition between plug-in car makers to heat up with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt later this year, the battle to be the king of the lithium-ion battery market is already in full swing. With an expected oversupply of batteries, most major battery makers are planning steep price cuts in 2010.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 31, 2010

Is GM Preparing to Throw Fuel on the Range Anxiety Fire?

It looks like General Motors might once again be trying to kill the electric car—or at least any electric car that doesn't have a range extender like the Volt. Jalopnik reports that the carmaker is seeking to trademark the phrase "range anxiety" for the purpose of marketing its plug-in (which as we all know by now, runs on gas after its 40 miles of battery range are depleted.)

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 25, 2010

GM Fervently Denies Sub-30 MPG Fuel Economy Claim for Chevy Volt

Yesterday the internet was abuzz with the rumors that the Volt would get less than 30 miles per gallon after the battery was depleted. Today GM is fervently denying the claim, saying that the "numbers are completely out of context and irrelevant."

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By John Gartner ·
August 25, 2010

Ford EVs Connect With Portland, GM Swings and Misses

In advance of the launch of the Ford Transit Connect Electric van and other EVs, Ford started a 14-city promotional tour in Portland, Oregon on Monday. Ford will sell limited numbers of Transit Connects later this year and electric Ford Focus' later in 2011.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 24, 2010

GM Sees Different Engine as Key to Next Gen Chevy Volt Fuel Economy Gains

When the folks at GM laid out their aggressive development plan for the Chevrolet Volt a bit more than three years ago, the decision was made to go with an off-the-shelf, inexpensive and volume-produced engine. Although the engine is small and relatively efficient, it by no means was the best choice to maximize fuel economy. Now GM is setting their sites on other engine technologies to help maximize the Volt's economy in future generations.

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