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By Zach McDonald ·
July 14, 2010

Obama Touts Advanced Battery Jobs, Ford Announces Focus EV Supplier

Ford has announced that LG Chem subsidiary, Compact Power Inc., will assemble battery packs for its forthcoming Focus EV at its Troy, Mich. factory. On Thursday, President Barack Obama will appear at a groundbreaking ceremony at the plant, which is the beneficiary of $151 million in federal stimulus money.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 13, 2010

Live GM Webchat Wednesday, 4 P.M. Eastern; "Major" Consumer Initiative to be Announced

GM says they're announcing a "major consumer initiative" at their Brownstown, Mich., battery manufacturing plant tomorrow, July 14, and will provide more information on the validation and testing of the Chevy Volt’s battery. After the announcement, PluginCars.com will host a webchat at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific with GM's global electric vehicle executive Doug Parks and Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle to answer your questions.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 13, 2010

Video: Chevy Volt Gets Dunked in the Name of Science; Water and Electricity Play Nice

We all know that mixing water and electricity is a bad idea—who hasn't seen the Looney Tunes episode where some animated animal gets a toaster dropped into its bathtub? Having images like this burned into our brains from an early age has led to a healthy dose of fear among potential EV owners that they are sitting atop a loaded, industrially-rated, potentially heart-stopping taser. So, what, in fact, does happen when you take a high voltage battery pack and drop it in a puddle underneath your rear end? Nothing, apparently. And GM has gone about proving just that fact.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
July 10, 2010

Volt vs. LEAF: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Commentary by MINI-E driver Tom M: "I, like many of you out there I'm sure, read the various blogs and message boards that are dedicated to discussions about the upcoming electric cars from GM and Nissan. What strikes me as a little odd is how fans of either of the two attack the other car with extremely negative comments...These cars are different enough that they can both succeed without cannibalizing the others sales. A healthy debate is always a good thing, just remember, we're all on the same side in this fight."

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 07, 2010

Electric Vehicles are Headed to the Big Apple, But Where Are the Chargers?

More electric vehicles are about to hit the Big Apple, but where are the chargers? Chevrolet will be one of many to center on the city, with the debut of the range-extended Volt.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 02, 2010

GM to Make 10,000 Volts in 2011, 30,000 in 2012; Nationwide Roll-out by Mid-2012

During a webchat yesterday, Chevy Volt Marketing Director, Tony DiSalle, said that the Volt's first year production run would be about 10,000 vehicles and that, by 2012, GM would be capable of producing up to 30,000 of them. These numbers are at the high end of what GM's Bob Lutz indicated they'd be building during his keynote at the LA Auto Show last December, suggesting that GM is trying hard to speed the Volt roll-out.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 30, 2010

GM Expands Initial Volt Market to New York and Texas

The Wall Street Journal today reported that General Motors is expanding the launch of the Chevrolet Volt to the New York region and Austin, Texas. GM Chairman and Chief Executive Whitacre Jr. will announce the company's plans on Thursday.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 28, 2010

Panel of Electric Car Insiders Says Plug-ins Will Only be Successful with Collaboration

At a Congress in Bilbao, Spain this week, a panel of plug-in experts and industry insiders concluded that electric vehicles can only be successful in the long term if all the stakeholders collaborate and share technology and designs. Although there have been a few recent tendencies in that direction, most of the panel agreed that there needs to be much more—especially as it relates to collaboration between utilities and automakers.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 28, 2010

Video: Consumer Reports Gets Its Hands on the Chevy Volt; Much Longer Gas-Only Range?

With such a long a storied history, you know a car is the real deal when Consumer Reports starts getting into it—which is exactly what they did last week with the upcoming Chevy Volt. In the end Consumer Reports called the Volt a comfortable, quiet, solid handling, "real car," with a surprising amount of "get up and go"—although they do complain a bit about the lack of three seats in the back and the funky touch sensitive buttons on the center stack. As an added bonus, Consumer Reports seems to have been let in on the secret of just how big the Volt's gas tank is. At 9 gallons, the Volt should be able to provide much more than the 250 miles of gas-only range that GM has been quoting up to this point—perhaps as much as 450 miles.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 25, 2010

GM and Nissan Downplay Potential for Price Gouging on Early Plug-ins

Will dealerships take advantage of the limited number of plug-ins that will be available in 2011 by jacking prices thousands of dollars above MSRP? It's a practice that is common with new limited-supply, high-demand products, but Chevy and Nissan are both downplaying the potential issue.

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