Chevrolet News

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt

    On February 15, GM ended production of the innovative Chevrolet Volt with little fanfare. Over two generations and nine model years, the company sold more than 150,000 of the compact plug-in hybrid hatchbacks. In automotive time, nine model years isn’t that long. The best brand names live for decades: think Ford F-150, or Honda Civic, or Toyota Corolla. So the short life of the Chevrolet Volt is unusual. DON’T MISS: Long-range Cadillac SUV to lead GM’s next electric-car push GM hasn’t said if its Voltec plug-in hybrid technology will survive in any future vehicles, but...

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    Tesla Autopilot ranking, GM EV investment, VW battery pact, Faraday fire sale: Today's Car News

    A new study is not kind to Tesla's Autopilot. GM announces a new electric Chevrolet to sell alongside the Bolt EV—but it wouldn't say what. Volkswagen forms an alliance to develop European batteries for EVs. And Faraday Future hosts a fire sale. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Facing...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production
    Chevrolet Bolt EV to get electric sibling, with Michigan plant investment

    General Motors announced on Friday that it will build a second electric car for Chevrolet, alongside the Chevy Bolt EV. The new model is widely expected to be a somewhat larger crossover SUV, though GM would not confirm that at this point. MUST READ: Long-range Cadillac SUV to lead GM's next...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on I-70 in Colorado
    Mountain hardware: Testing the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on a high-country day trip

    Colorado, which is taking steps to adopt California’s EV mandate, has always had a different wildcard factor affecting road trips: altitude. The state has the highest portions of the Interstate highway system, including routes spanning past 11,000 feet and varying several thousand feet. Even...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Chevy Silverado mpg: Turbo-4 lower than V-8 in gas mileage test

    Until all cars can become electric, it makes sense to support making internal-combustion passenger cars as fuel-efficient as possible. It makes even more sense for popular, thirsty large pickups, where each mpg improvement can save a lot more gallons of gas. Unfortunately, some of the latest...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    GM battery facility discharge suggests no immediate successor for Chevy Volt

    Will the Chevrolet Volt get an immediate successor, or will any other model soon carry on with the potential of its brilliant Voltec plug-in hybrid system? Considering what General Motors announced yesterday, both of those possibilities are now looking less likely. GM said that it will cut 50 jobs...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    Beginning next April, buyers of General Motors’ electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids won’t be getting the same break on their purchase as those who buy those vehicles from any other brand. Any other brand but Tesla, that is. GM has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it will reach 200,000 deliveries of vehicles eligible for the federal electric vehicle tax credit by the end of this quarter. The $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles—with amounts reduced for some plug-in hybrids—was originally passed during the Bush administration, as part of the Energy Improvement...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy recalls some Bolt EVs, Volts over supplier brake issues

    Chevrolet this week recalled three to four months worth of production Bolt EVs and Volt plug-in hybrids over a potential brake issue that could increase stopping distances of the small vehicles. The recall affects 2018-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2018-2019 Volt models sold in the U.S. and Canada...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    GM to expand Chevy Bolt EV sales, bring battery production to US

    As part of a sweeping update on General Motors' electric-car plans, CEO Mary Barra announced the company will expand production and sales of the Chevy Bolt EV. At the same time, GM is expanding battery production for the Bolt EV from South Korea to a new factory in Michigan. In a blog post on...

  • Charging Chevy Bolt EV before trip across Maryland   [image: Brian Ro]
    GM working on ultra fast charging system for electric cars like the Chevy Bolt EV (Updated)

    Automakers are in a new race, not for miles per hour on a track or the street, but in miles per hour regained while an electric car is sitting at a charger. GM is the latest automaker to join the race toward faster-charging electric cars, with a new project to develop an "extreme fast charger" that...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    2019 Chevy Volt gets higher prices with more equipment

    In June, we heard that the 2019 Chevrolet Volt will come with a faster charger and more luxury features. Now, CarsDirect has learned how much those features will add to the price. The price of the base Volt LT model will go up $300 to $34,395, including destination and before any applicable federal...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
    GM increases Chevy Bolt EV production to ease supply constraints

    Amid shortages of Chevy Bolt EVs at dealerships across the U.S. and Canada, Chevy has announced it will increase production by 20 percent. So far this year, Chevy has sold fewer than 2,000 Bolt EVs in the U.S. per month, for total sales of just over 9,000. Worldwide, the company says it sold 26,000...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt

    Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Volt will help experienced electric-car drivers maximize their electric driving and minimize the times the gas engine needs to run. The biggest improvement is a new 7.2-kw on-board charger that can effectively cut charge times in half. The advantage for Volt drivers will come when they have the opportunity to recharge in public during the day. The car can take on twice as many electric miles per minute during opportunity charging sessions. This will be especially useful at public charging stations paid by the hour. READ THIS: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime vs 2017...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2012
    GM recalls 2013 Chevrolet Volts for battery software (Updated)

    GM said Friday that it will recall 3,233 2013 model year Chevrolet Volts to remedy a problem with battery cell balancing that could cause the car to shut down in traffic. The recall mirrors two service campaigns for the 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVs for similar behavior. Some 2017 Bolt EVs got...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
    Reader Report: Spending a year with two Chevy Bolt EVs

    Many Green Car Reports readers have electric cars. Fewer own two, and have removed gasoline cars from their family fleet altogether. Reader Patrick Reid bought two Chevy Bolt EVs last year (one in January and another in April.) Last year, he wrote us about his experiences, why he likes the Bolts...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    2019 Chevy Silverado will offer new turbo-4 that can run on 2 cylinders

    Chevrolet announced last week that its upcoming 2019 Silverado full-size pickup will offer a new turbo-4 in place of the base V-6 in some models. Like the V-8s in some of GM's large pickups, the new engine will have active cylinder management that cuts two of the four cylinders during light loads...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Shoppers in Canada may wait nearly a year to buy new Chevy Bolt EV

    The new Chevy Bolt EV was a long time coming, but interested buyers in some parts of Canada may have to wait longer. Kent Wallace reported to us last week that Toronto-area dealerships were quoting shoppers an 8- to 12-month wait for the 238-mile electric car. A GM spokeswoman in Canada confirmed...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    2018 Chevy Bolts recalled to update battery software, prevent shutdowns

    A voluntary software recall on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has been extended to 2018 models, a General Motors spokesman told Green Car Reports on Thursday. Last month, we reported that some owners of early 2017 Chevy Bolt EVs had failed batteries and would receive new batteries from GM. The fix also...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    It's every electric car owner's nightmare: the car indicates that remaining range has suddenly plummeted to zero, the battery pack stops providing current, and the car won't run. For some 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers, that scenario has happened in real life. The problem has resulted in a program under which Chevy will replace the entire battery pack in a small number of Bolt EVs. According to a recall notice issued by Chevrolet on April 3, certain early-production cars "may have a condition where the calibration will not detect the difference in the state of charge between the cell groups...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan fo
    GM, EVgo to build Chevy Bolt EV fast-charging network, for Maven drivers only

    General Motors has consistently declined to fund public charging stations that increase the utility and long-distance potential of the electric cars it sells. The company said firmly two years ago it had no intention of spending money on a charging network, a stance that distinguished GM from BMW...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production
    Chevy Bolt EV production to grow, GM to work for single set of fuel-economy rules: CEO Barra

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra told energy conference attendees in Houston on Wednesday the automaker would increase production of its newest electric vehicle, push for a single fuel-economy standard nationwide, and support expanding tax credits for electrified vehicles. "The good news is that our...

  • Professor John Kelly of Weber State University, Utah, shown before Chevy Bolt EV battery disassembly
    Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: what's inside the battery? Teardown video shows all

    The battery packs of most modern electric cars are far different than those in your mobile phone or other portable devices. In most cases, they include hundreds or thousands of cells, arranged into modules, and usually surrounded by channels containing liquid coolant to keep the battery in its...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric police car, operated by Hyattsville City Police Department, Maryland
    Is this the country's first Chevrolet Bolt EV police car? (updated with video)

    Using electric cars as police vehicles has some distinct advantages. Among them are near-silent operation, maximum acceleration from 0 rpm, and a novelty factor that can lead to friendly, beneficial interactions between officers and citizens. Now, the small Maryland city of Hyattsville, a suburb of...

  • Opel Ampera-e
    Opel to swap Ampera-e (aka Bolt EV) for all-electric Corsa model in 2020

    It's been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroën, DS, and Peugeot brands. With the sale came licenses to run out the model life of GM-designed vehicles sold as Opels (and Vauxhalls in the U.K.) while PSA...