2011 Chevrolet Volt

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

    With several big electric vehicle launches due over the next few years and order books filling up quickly, we're sure to start seeing more of them on the roads. Research agency Pike Research has announced that combined sales of full-electric (battery electric, or BEV) vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will take off over the next five years to hit 3.2 million units by 2015. These large numbers are partly down to the assumption that China will be a massive adopter of electric vehicles in the years to come. EVs are being championed over there to compensate for the poor air...

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    GM Moving To Own 'Range Anxiety' For Chevy Volt Campaign?

    Range anxiety—that's the worry that people feel as they approach an electric car's driving range—has long been a bit unbecoming to discuss among fierce electric-vehicle advocates; but looking out at the general market, it's one of the most significant barriers against widespread...

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    GM's Volt Heads For China, But As a Chevy--Not a Buick After All

    Ceremonial handshakes offer photo opportunities the world over, and so it is with the arrival of the first running Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car in China. And despite earlier reports--including ours--to the contrary, General Motors plans to sell the car as a Chevrolet, rather than as a...

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    Coda Automotive Aims For Perfect Sales Cadence To End 2010

     The end of 2010 is seen by many in the automotive industry as the first hurdle for many budding electric car companies. By the end of 2010 both Chevrolet and Nissan will have plug in vehicles on the market, both at prices that will outcompete much of the competition. For the smaller automakers...

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    AutoNation Promises 2011 Volt, Leaf To Sell For Sticker Price

    Just as dealers have to discount unpopular cars, they often add "surcharges" to models where demand outstrips supply. It's auto dealership yin and yang, or something. Now mega-dealer chain AutoNation has drawn a line in the sand, flatly stating that its dealers will sell their limited allocation of...

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    Electric Car Buying Guide

    We've been watching it roll closer for years, and now it's all but here: A new era of electric cars. Just three or four months from now, the first highway-capable electric vehicles sold in volume by global automakers will appear in showrooms in California and other regions. By the end of 2011...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    Think of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and very little seems conventional about it. With a range of 40 miles per charge and a range-extending gasoline engine used to provide extra power when the battery pack is depleted, Chevrolet is keen to push the car’s green credentials. Built at the Hamtramck plant in Michigan, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will go on sale this fall at an MSRP of $41,000 - $8,000 more than Nissan’s all-electric 2011 Leaf. So what vehicles get made alongside the 2011 Volt at GM’s flagship assembly plant?  Small hatchbacks? Fuel-efficient eco-warriors? How about a 4.6 liter V8...

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    We Hit the Big Time: NPR's 'All Things Considered' Calls!

    We are mostly humble peasants here at Green Car Reports. We just try to report on green cars fairly, with an occasional bit of acerbity tossed in for flavor. Once in a while, we post a story that hits a chord, including our discussion of why the 2011 Chevrolet Volt may not get either an EV purchase...

  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010
    BREAKING: GM Boosts 2011 Chevrolet Volt Production 50 Percent

    There's no better time to make a public announcement than when you have the President of the United States with you. Today,President Barack Obama visited the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where GM is building its 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. And the company took full advantage of...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt in Waco, Texas, en route during the 1,776-mile Freedom Drive PR stunt
    2011 Chevy Volt: Official GM Propaganda On Why It's Better

    Forgive us our weariness, please. It's only Thursday, but the barrage of news about the two upcoming electric cars that will go on sale for the 2011 model year is wearing us down. Nonetheless, we have manfully pulled ourselves together to bring you the video at the bottom of this piece, in which...

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    Nissan Leaf to Chevy Volt: You Can't Beat Zero

    Now that the world knows the price of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and of the 2011 Nissan Leaf...let the PR games begin. To the educated consumer, the difference between a Volt and a Leaf may be slight. Though the Volt uses a range-extending gasoline engine, it's an electric car--since its wheels are...

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    Chevy Volt Price Announced

      The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has been in gestation so long, we've wondered if it ever would become a reality. Now the reality is here. GM announced the price for the 2011 Volt at Plug-In 2010, a conference being held this week in San Jose. The Volt's MSRP will be $41,000, which includes a $720...

  • GM EV1

    The big news in green cars today will be the noon release of pricing and ordering information for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM's upcoming range-extended compact electric car. But GM had more noteworthy news today, all the way from the other side of the world. General Motors, the company pilloried for "killing the electric car," is going to build a (very) small number of battery electric vehicles. So why is this significant? Because GM has been remorselessly touting the benefits of the Volt's range extender engine, which adds 300 more miles on gasoline to its 40-mile electric range. And because...

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    Should Nissan Offer Warranty Options For The 2011 Leaf?

     What is an acceptable warranty for an electric car? Three years? Four years? Ten Years? And should customers be able to choose what that warranty level is? That is the question Nissan was asking last week when it sent out a questionnaire to the 16,100 people who have paid out $99 to reserve a...

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    Over 600 Chevy Dealers In Launch Regions To Offer 2011 Volt

    Three weeks ago, Chevrolet unveiled two new launch markets for its 2011 Volt electric car and described some of the things dealers would need to do in order to be granted the privilege of selling GM's most advanced and most eagerly awaited car in decades. Now it appears that pretty much every Chevy...

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    Five Things Consumers Want To Know About Electric Cars

    According to a recent report by Nissan, most consumers signed up to buy the 2011 Nissan Leaf are already electric vehicle owners or hybrid drivers. In short, early adopters are mainly enthusiasts who already know the ins and outs of driving electric. But what about the general public? We've sat...

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    Leno Wants It Known: He Likes the 2011 Chevy Volt, Really Likes It

    OK, file this one in the Tempests & Teapots folder: A "visibly annoyed" Jay Leno has now defended Chevrolet's 2011 Volt electric car. He wants it known that he likes the car. Really, he does. The comic claims he was quoted out of context by Detroit News reporter Robert Snell, who wrote that...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama Meets The Volt: Sparks Barely Fly

    President Barack Obama’s electric vehicle tour climaxed last Thursday with a visit to the Compact Power battery plant in Holland, Michigan, where he was treated to his first extensive experience with the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The Holland plant just happens to be the place where LG Chem...

  • Jay Leno

    Talk-show host and comedian Jay Leno has long been known as a car fan and collector. And car companies often play nice with him to get their products onto his show. While GM worked with Leno on his EcoJet green sports car in 2006, the company is hardly a patsy. Leno told the Detroit News that the Volt reminded him of a Chevrolet Cobalt or Toyota Camry, and that he didn't think owning one of the first Volts would give a driver much "cachet." General Motors spokesman Rob Peterson promptly responded--gently but firmly--that the audience for green and plug-in cars differs quite a lot from the...

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    President Obama Backs EV Charge With Volt Battery Factory Visit

    Having recently visited Smith Electric Vehiclesin Kansas City, Missouri, president Barack Obama is now on his way to the Compact Power battery plant located in Holland, Michigan. The specialized plant will be supplying the upcoming Chevrolet Volt range-extended vehicle with its lithium-ion battery...

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    GM Backs Up 2011 Chevy Volt With 8-Year, 100K-Mile Warranty

    Today the silence ended. We've driven the 2011 Chevy Volt Test Mule, We've cringed through the Volt Dance and we watched the Freedom Drive unfold over the July 4 weekend. While we've known about the car's 40 mile all electric range, 9 gallon fuel tank and planned 10,000 car production schedule for...

  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010
    2011 Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack Warranty: 8 Years, 100K Miles

    General Motors announced today that it would offer an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery pack, the charger, and the Voltec electric drive components of its upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car. The announcement sets to rest potential worries that Volt owners might be stuck having to...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production test vehicle in water trough at GM Milford Proving Ground
    Do Electric Cars Make You Worry About Toasters in Bathtubs?

    As we move toward the December launch of electric cars from real automakers--the 2011 Nissan Leaf and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt--there are many myths and fears that will have to be dispelled among consumers. One of them is the old toaster-in-the-bathtub fear: If you get an electric car really wet ...

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    Sports Cars, City Runabouts Electrify 2010 Bridgestone Eco-Rally

    The small, seaside town of Brighton UK, some 50 miles south of London, has often been the destination for many a weary Londoner keen to take in its pebbled beaches, kitsch souvenir shops and traditional fish and chip suppers. But today it wasn't sticks of sweet sugary ‘seaside rock' candy cane or...

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