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By Eric Loveday ·
April 17, 2012

Full Details Emerge on 2013 Chevy Volt

GM Inside News reports that Model Year 2013 Chevrolet Volts will feature technical modifications, additional options and a laundry list of new features, including EV Hold mode, heated cloth seats and more.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 05, 2012

New York Times Calculates ROI on LEAF and Volt

From the first day that hybrid gas-electric cars arrived on US streets, journalists have tried to calculate the “premium” for electric-drive vehicles by comparing them with supposedly similar pure gas vehicles. Invariably, the conclusion is that a hybrid or electric car doesn’t pencil out. After record sales of hybrids and EVs in March, The New York Times revists the subject today—and comes to the conclusion that buyers of a $28,421 Nissan LEAF will take 8.7 years to “break even” compared to $18,640 Nissan Versa. The Chevy Volt's ROI? More than 26 years.

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 03, 2012

Chevy Volt Sales Hit Record High, Nissan LEAF Slumps in March

Critics will continue to declare plug-in vehicles a flop, but with sales of the Chevy Volt hitting a record high of 2,289 units in March 2012, perhaps the vitriolic opinions of critics will lose some momentum.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 30, 2012

2012 Chevy Volt Eligible for Massive $6,000 Credit in Colorado

Colorado residents who purchase or lease a 2012 Chevrolet Volt are now eligible for a statewide credit of up to $6,000. That's in addition to the federal tax credit of $7,500, thereby reducing the effective price of the $39,145 Volt by $13,500.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 20, 2012

Opel Ampera Orders Soar Past 7,000

Orders for the award-winning 2012 Opel Ampera recently soared past the 7,000-unit mark and seem destined to hit the automaker's target of 10,000 by the end of 2012. The Opel Ampera is trickling into showrooms across Europe, but is nearly sold out for the year.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 14, 2012

Comparing Early Criticism of Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt

How's the Chevrolet Volt similar to the original Toyota Prius that debuted in the US back in 2000? A dozen years ago, the Prius was considered by some to be a revolutionary vehicle, years ahead of its time. However, critics said the Prius was so strange or extreme or ugly or whatever, that it would forever be a flop. Fast forward to today. Some 2.5 million-plus sales later, the Toyota Prius is considered a major success, that has spawned an entire family of vehicles.

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By Felix Kramer ·
March 08, 2012

What's Dragging Down the Volt? And What Can We Do Now?

Many plug-in advocates have been feeling frustrated about the Chevy Volt. It's an inspiring example of innovation, a milestone of advanced technology, and a pioneering vision of how to start getting off fossil fuels. Now its factory is closing for five weeks to clear inventory. What's the Volt's future? Can it resume its successful trajectory?

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By Michael Coates ·
March 04, 2012

Why the Chevy Volt Slowdown is a Good Thing for Plug-ins

The five-week shutdown of the Volt production line is a good thing for plug-in vehicles because it will help align production with demand and keep GM's revenue on the vehicles higher and fund ongoing vehicle development.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 03, 2012

Chevy Volt Production Suspended for 5 Weeks Due to Lower Than Expected Demand

On March 19, General Motors will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for five weeks and temporarily lay off 1,300 employees as the automaker attempts to match "production levels with demand." Production will resume on April 23.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 01, 2012

Chevy Volt Sales Sizzle, Nissan LEAF Cools Off in February 2012

With February officially in the books, US sales of the two most popular electrified vehicles—the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt—the have been tallied. Nissan reports that sales of the electric LEAF checked in at only 478 units in February 2012, while Volt sales significantly picked up, with General Motors reporting 1,203 units driving off dealership lots.

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New to EVs? Start here

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