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By Zach McDonald ·
May 10, 2010

General Motors Working to Complete 'Zero Landfill' Project

As the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid nears its November release date, General Motors is upgrading its green credentials beyond increasing the fuel efficiency of its lineup of cars and trucks.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 09, 2010

General Motors Will Debut New and Improved OnStar Service on Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid has received plenty of attention as it gears up to hit the market in November, and when it does it will be equipped with the newest version of GM's OnStar mobile service.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 06, 2010

Chevy Volt Will Have "Mountain Mode"

Larry Nitz, GM’s director of hybrid electric power engineering, today said that the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will have a “mountain mode,” as a standard feature, in addition to the normal and sport mode. In a conference call with journalists, Nitz said the new mode will allow Volt drivers to set a larger reserve capacity in the battery in terrain that would require extra power.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 26, 2010

Beijing Auto Show: GM Shows Bigger Boxier Chevy Volt MPV5

One GM executive says that the Volt's system is flexible enough for all sizes of vehicle. Another says it's not good for smaller vehicles. Who is right?

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By John DeCicco ·
January 11, 2010

2010 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Drive Is Here to Stay

The 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit puts to rest once and for all any questions about whether electricity will be integral to the vehicle powertrains of tomorrow. A sampling of this year's Detroit announcements reveals different directions depending on whose electric navigation screen you're viewing at any given moment.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 09, 2010

Detroit Auto Show Gets Real, With Efficiency

In the past, the Detroit auto show was all about theater. Pulsating music, fog machines, and sexy models. Some of that remains, but at this year’s show, starting next week, automakers are getting real. After years of spending millions of dollars on glitzy displays but fighting higher efficiency standards, car companies are finally putting their energies into the battle for leadership in advanced fuel-saving technology.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 05, 2010

GM Unveils Chevy Volt Smartphone Application

In one more sign that plug-in cars and information networks are merging, General Motors yesterday unveiled a downloadable application that will let Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid drivers use a Blackberry, iPhone or Motorola Droid to remotely control and monitor vehicle charging and other functions. GM demonstrated the mobile application at the glitzy International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 03, 2009

Green Highlights from 2009 LA Auto Show

The volume of announcements regarding hybrids, electric cars and other green offerings at the Los Angeles Auto Show expands every year. However, this year’s media days held few surprises for car fans following the green scene. Carmakers mostly confirmed and reiterated commitments to bring previously announced alternative vehicles to market.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 30, 2009

The Chevy Volt’s 40-mile Predicament

From its inception, the Chevy Volt was designed to travel 40 miles without using a drop of gasoline. General Motors drew the line in the sand, citing studies that show the majority of US drivers, on average, travel less than 40 miles per day. New reports suggest that, under a number of conditions, the Volt might not reach 40 miles of EV-range. If the reports prove true, does it matter?

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By Brad Berman ·
November 23, 2009

The Volt and Leaf, One Year Away

The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and the Nissan Leaf pure electric car, are both about one year away from reaching car dealerships. At the “T minus one year" mark, top-tier auto journalists are finding small faults with the cars, but are pronouncing them in great shape for a rollout in one year.

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