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By Brad Berman ·
March 06, 2009

GM to Volt Suppliers: Get Us 100 MPG

At last month's Chicago Auto Show, GM added another dimension to the Chevy Volt story: the push for suppliers to develop energy-saving components in every nook and cranny of the vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 26, 2009

Studies Question Plug-in Hybrid Mileage

A new study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University says that plug-in hybrids with 40 miles of all-electric range are less cost-effective than hybrids with smaller battery packs. This follows other recent reports of disappointing mileage from plug-in hybrid testing fleets.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 13, 2009

Long-time GM Consultant: Chevy Volt Won’t Save Company

Unless General Motors makes fundamental changes in its basic decision-making process, the company will be “back at the public trough again and again," according to Rob Kleinbaum, who has consulted and worked for GM for the last 24 years. According to Kleinbaum, GM has false hopes that the Chevrolet Volt will save the company. GM returns to Washington next week for more bailout money.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 09, 2009

GM Leaks News of Volt-Style Cadillac

Several sources inside General Motors told BusinessWeek that the company will show a Cadillac two-door plug-in series hybrid at next week’s Detroit Auto Show. According to BusinessWeek, the concept vehicle—a new model similar to the CTS sedan although “smaller” and “bolder”—suggests that the company plans to use the Volt’s electric-drive technology in other vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 26, 2008

Consulting Firm: Slow Growth for Electric Cars

Electric cars have garnered a lot of media attention in recent months. Some consumers might get the impression that gas-free vehicles will be ready to take global roads by storm in the next year or two. But according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, production of all-electric vehicles will take another eight to 10 years before reaching the level of today’s hybrid cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 29, 2008

GM Cutting Product Development for Two Years

GM today downplayed a report in Automotive News, an industry publication, that it would be cutting off nearly all product development spending for the next two years in an effort to trim as much as $1.5 billion in spending. Several planned hybrids are also likely to be victims of the cuts. But the Chevrolet Volt has been spared at this time.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 28, 2008

Plugging In Your Volt: Not With Just Any Old Cord

When you imagine plugging an electric or plug-in hybrid car into the wall to recharge, what do you envision in your hand? A standard orange extension cord? Time to change that picture; production electric-drive vehicles will all use a special cord, with a plug and socket on the car end that’s unlike any you’ve seen before. (Photo by Zevotron via flickr creative commons.)

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By Brad Berman ·
September 16, 2008

Chevrolet Volt Unveiled, As GM Turns 100

The Chevrolet Volt is undoubtedly the most popular car in the world that doesn’t yet exist. The vehicle moved one more step toward reality at this morning’s official unveiling of the production Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 15, 2008

Oil Prices and the Pace of Auto Innovation

The drop in oil prices—more than $50 off the record high price of $147.27 a barrel on July 11—raises questions about how soon auto companies will deliver on exciting plans for “game-changing” alternative vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 08, 2008

Production Chevrolet Volt Photos 'Leaked'

Over the past year, GM has teased the public with successive glimpses of more and more of the much-hyped Chevy Volt. Now, the first set of photos of the whole car—shown behind the development team executives—have been “leaked” on several enthusiast websites.

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