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  • Charging Chevy Bolt EV before trip across Maryland   [image: Brian Ro]

    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 can deliver up to 180 miles of range to an electric car, such as the Chevy Bolt EV, in 10 minutes. The company says it has committed to building a prototype car to work with the new charging system, but says it will not be a production Bolt EV. Other automakers working on extreme fast charging...

  • 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
    2019 Chevy Volt gets faster charging, stronger regen, more luxury features

    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...

  • 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

    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. Earlier this year, GM announced that two of its available V-8 engines, a 6.2- and 5.3-liter V-8, can cut up to seven of their eight cylinders in specific circumstances. The new 2.7-liter turbo-4 will be the first 4-cylinder engine in a modern full-sized pickup, and will be the base engine in...

  • 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
    Some Chevrolet Bolt EVs get new battery pack for sudden loss of power: here's why

    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...

  • 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

    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 desired temperature range. Now a new video shows exactly what the inside of a Chevy Bolt EV's 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack looks like—and how it's arranged. DON'T MISS: Tearing down the Tesla Model S battery pack: video (Mar 2017) The presenter is John Kelly, a professor in the Auto...

  • 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...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car after snowfall, Glacier National Park [photo: D Gadotti]
    Chevy Bolt EV electric car range and performance in winter: one owner's log

    The arrival of the first affordable long-range electric car on the market has naturally led some owners to push the car in a way that they might not do with a plug-in car offering just 80 miles of battery range. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, EPA-rated at 238 miles combined, removes most daily range...

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    Changing tires on Chevy Bolt EV electric car: your range, grip, and noise may vary

    One of the many tactics used by carmakers to boost efficiency in their vehicles is fitting low-rolling-resistance tires. Specially designed to reduce the energy wasted as heat from the friction between the tire and the road, these tires can boost efficiency by a few percentage points in an electric...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show
    Inline-6 turbodiesel in 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup to be built in Michigan

    The forthcoming diesel-powered 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will, without a doubt, thump with the Heartbeat of America. During the new truck's launch at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM product chief Mark Reuss hinted at a future announcement regarding the next-generation...

  • John and Mimi Porter of San Diego, California, with their new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, in Feb 2017

    Californians got the chance to buy Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars before everyone else, and the compact hatchback has sold well in the state, aided by its 238-mile rated range. Last February, readers John and Mimi Porter of San Diego shared their first impressions of the new silver Bolt EV they had purchased the previous month. Now we have a one-year update from the pair. What follows are John Porter's words, edited by Green Car Reports for comprehension, style, and length. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: new owner's first impressions (Feb 2017) I’m amazed a year has...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show
    New 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup: planned for all powertrain types

    Vehicle launches at auto shows include a dance between automakers, which only want certain information revealed, and journalists, who want to put specific news items into a bigger and broader context. For the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup unveiling Saturday night, Chevy's executives and engineers...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Chevy Silverado: how a big, thirsty pickup gets more fuel-efficient

    The highest-volume vehicle GM sells in North America is a full-size pickup truck—one that likely also contributes outsize profits from each of its hundreds of thousands of units. So the launch of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Saturday night before the Detroit auto show was a big deal for the...

  • Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car
    Cruise AV, GM's autonomous electric Bolt EV, to go into production in 2019

    How comfortable would you be in a taxi or car-service vehicle that had no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals? That's the question prompted by a photo that has already produced some subconscious anxiety among at least auto writers. How the public will react remains to be seen, but they'll...

  • Genovation GXE
    Genovation all-electric Chevy Corvette sports car debuts at CES

    The idea of an all-electric Corvette is either either a wonderful marriage of American history and electric performance or complete sacrilege. Love it or hate it, it's now a reality. A company called Genovation rolled out the creation, the Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE), at the 2018 Consumer...

  • GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
    What's a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV electric car like to ride in? Jerky, says one report

    While such autonomous players as Uber, Tesla, and Waymo have already opened their car doors to the public, GM's autonomous subsidiary Cruise Automation has held its cards close to its vest. This past week, the Detroit-based automaker and Silicon Valley-based subsidiary allowed select members of the...

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