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By Larry E. Hall ·
June 07, 2010

Is the Chevrolet Volt a Jolt from the Past?

General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt concept car at the 2007 Detroit auto show, calling it a “unique and profound concept vehicle that delivered eye-popping reduction in petroleum consumption.” Few would debate that the Volt concept was profound and when it arrives near the end of this year in production dress will deliver a substantial reduction in petroleum consumption. But unique? Well, not exactly. Let's take a look back four decades at G.M.'s previous Volt-like concepts.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 04, 2010

In Initial Popularity the Nissan LEAF Seems to be Crushing the Chevy Volt

Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt? It's an inevitable comparison that potential plug-in car shoppers will make as they start to visit showrooms over the coming year. Both cars have the distinction of being the first modern, affordable passenger EVs to hit the market in a meaningful way. And, according to several online metrics, the LEAF is winning the initial marketing wars.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 03, 2010

Chevy Volt Will Be Sold in China; Is a LEAF Announcement Next?

The Chevy Volt is headed to China. Although its model name is still under wraps, the Chinese Volt will be sold under the Buick nameplate, which has certain amount of luxury cache in the country. The vehicle will be manufactured in the United States, in the same Michigan plant as the Volt itself.

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 02, 2010

Chevy to Train First Responders for EV Emergencies

As the age of the mass-produced electric vehicle nears its dawn, utility companies and mechanics aren't the only ones who will have to make adjustments. Firefighters and other first responders will face new challenges at accident scenes unique to cars that run on electricity instead of gasoline.

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By John Gartner ·
June 02, 2010

For EV Charging, You Can’t Beat Free

The San Francisco Bay Area and eight cities will receive nearly 5,000 charging stations and residential charging equipment courtesy of the federal government. The Department of Energy has funded a $15 million project that will provide equipment from Coulomb Technologies of Campbell, California. Coulomb has not announced pricing or availability for its upcoming residential charging product, but CEO Richard Lowenthal assured me that it would be available in advance of any electric vehicle deliveries.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 26, 2010

Can Chevy Win Back California?

Will the nation's so-called "Left Coast"—which has favored imports like Toyotas for years—be as receptive to a green car made by General Motors?

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By Brad Berman ·
May 21, 2010

Top Five Insights from Our First Drive of Chevy Volt

General Motors yesterday gave electric car enthusiasts and a handful of journalists an opportunity to spin the Chevy Volt around a parking lot next to San Francisco’s AT&T Park. PluginCars.com had its first two or three minutes behind the wheel, spoke with the Volt team, and came away with a few insights about car connectivity, driver controls and GM's engineering challenges.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 13, 2010

Chevy Invites Former EV1 Drivers to Try Volt

At a series of events that have been taking place since last November, Chevy has been trying to make amends with one of the more passionate—if not disaffected—group of consumers ever created: former EV1 drivers.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 11, 2010

GM in Negotiations With Google Over OnStar Partnership

It recently became known that General Motors was looking for a tech ally as it expands its OnStar service and gears up for its biggest automobile launch in years, the Chevy Volt. What wasn't known is who that partner might be. Now it appears that Google is the leading candidate.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 11, 2010

Carmakers Partner With Cities and Tech Companies in Search of Charging Solutions

City governments all over the country are getting ready for electric vehicles—and not just the usual suspects on the "left coast," like San Francisco or Portland.

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