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  • One of 130 second-generation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars, with GM CEO Mary Barra

    It's widely acknowledged that most, if not all, of the autonomous vehicles expected to reach our roads in volume will be electric cars. Without the complexity of a combustion engine and transmission that must be electromechanically controlled, the task of automating the driving of a vehicle is considerably simpler. It largely comes down to a matter of adding sensors and a tremendous volume of software. DON'T MISS: GM releases second Chevy Bolt EV autonomous driving video (Feb 2017) That's the reason General Motors has chosen to use its all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV as the test vehicle...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    Chevy Bolt EV: nationwide sales moved up to August for electric car

    A slow Chevrolet Bolt EV rollout across the U.S. has frustrated electric-car advocates in many states toward the end of the list. While the first Bolt EVs were delivered in California last December, the last group wasn't scheduled to receive their cars until September. Now GM has moved that up by a...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    How much is a replacement Chevy Bolt EV electric-car battery?

    It's one of the most common questions among electric-car buyers: what happens if the battery fails? The answer is that all electric-car batteries are warranted against failure for either 8 years/100,000 miles or 10 years/150,000 miles, depending on which state you live in. The followup is often...

  • John and Mimi Porter of San Diego, California, with their new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, in Feb 2017
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car at 6 months: owner's likes, recommendations

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the first mass-priced electric car with a range of more than 200 miles, and it's already had a big impact on the California market. While it continues to trickle into dealerships in other states, a few lucky Californians now have six months in the 238-mile electric...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
    Chevy Bolt EV costs $28,700 to build, Tesla Model 3 a bit higher: analysis

    The costs and prices of electric cars are endlessly debated, not only among owners and advocates but within the industry itself. The cost per kilowatt-hour of electric-car batteries is closely held, with a few notable exceptions. One of those was the statement by GM product chief Mark Reuss that...

  • Image from 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric-car ad by Ourisman Chevrolet, Rockville, Maryland
    Low-budget Chevy Bolt EV dealer ad normalizes electric cars

    Ah, local car-dealer ads on television. You've likely seen them, usually during the local ad minute on national shows, often late at night or in the cheaper slots. They're mostly formulaic, but each one mixes several elements for its own unique blend of attention-grabbing pitch. DON'T MISS: This...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the first mass-priced electric car to offer a range of more than 200 miles, something previously offered only by pricey Tesla luxury cars. Initially put on sale last December in California, the 238-mile Bolt EV is slowly rolling out across the country and will be on sale in every state by September. How many Chevy sells remains to be seen, as the same challenges in creating suitable marketing messages and overcoming dealership challenges remains. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: new owner's first impressions But increasing numbers of...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt
    2018 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid carries over with few changes (updated)

    It appears that Chevy isn't following its own precedent as the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid enters its third model year. In the past, the Volt received a battery upgrade every other year that provided it with increasingly more electric range—but that's not the case for the largely unchanged...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car, brought to Kelly Olsen's house for test drive, March 2017
    First impressions of Chevy Bolt EV by Nissan Leaf driver

    If you're serious about driving a green car, but not happy with your local choices, you need to move to California. The Golden State has roughly two dozen battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on sale, not to mention three hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Electric-car advocate Kelly Olsen...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: first national lease deal starts at $329 monthly

    As the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV rolls out across the U.S. over a nine-month period, electric-car advocates have focused intently on its sales numbers. It's fair to say that in its first four months on sale, they haven't yet broken any records. But now, for the first time, there's a national lease...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
    2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel first drive

    When the first Chevrolet Cruze Diesel was launched back in 2014, it made a lot of sense. Diesel was in vogue. German manufacturers were pushing diesel power in a huge way, with Volkswagen's "Clean Diesel" leading the charge. Oh, how things have changed. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen diesel scandal - all...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    More details on fast-charging rate in 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car

    For a few years now, Tesla has shown what a nationwide network of DC fast-charging sites for long-range electric cars should look like. Its Supercharger network now covers virtually all of the lower 48 states, and until earlier this year, it was completely free to Tesla drivers. The Chevrolet Bolt...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the first mass-priced electric car with more than 200 miles of range to go on sale in the U.S. That alone makes it a landmark vehicle, and has led to significant interest in the first electric car that provides comparable range to that of Tesla cars over the last nine years. Its maker, however, often refers to the Bolt EV using language that includes the word "urban," which seems to suggest that it sees the compact hatchback as more of a city car or second car. DON'T MISS: Another Chevy Bolt EV electric-car owner weighs in on pros and cons One of the major...

  • Buick Velite 5 to be sold in China (Chevrolet Volt in North America)
    GM confirms Chevy Volt to be sold as Buick Velite 5 in China

    In the 20 years since General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC reintroduced the Buick brand to China, more than 8 million Buicks have been sold in what is now the world's largest car market. That's because the last Chinese emperor drove a Buick in the 1930s, and the brand retained a huge cachet...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car, owned by Brian Ro, Columbia, Maryland
    Another Chevy Bolt EV electric-car owner weighs in on pros and cons

    We've had a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in our fleet for a handful of days, and have been thinking about our impressions of the car in everyday use. While a major snowstorm cut half the days out of our test run—with a 7-foot snowdrift blocking the road to my house—we've been...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV pricing across U.S.: some discounts, some markups on electric car

    With a base price of $37,495 and an EPA-rated range of 238 miles, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has no real direct competition at the moment. All other electric cars in its price bracket offer substantially lower ranges, while the 200-mile luxury electric cars sold by Tesla now start at $75,000. Just...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt in Venice, California [photo: Chris Williams]
    What does a Chevy Volt do when it runs out of gas and battery charge?

    Unlike conventional hybrids and many plug-in hybrids, the first-generation Chevrolet Volt makes extensive use of both electric and gasoline power. With a fully-charged battery pack, it will drive on electric power alone until the charge is depleted, at which point the onboard gasoline engine...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessment

    Fleeing my home in New York’s Hudson Valley for California during February and March has a number of charms. Currently at the top of the list: reading about Winter Storm Stella while watching the surfers at Rincon Beach. For electric-car nuts like me, however, there’s another California...

  • Doug Kerr, daughter Andie Kerr, fiancee Barbara Gleason; Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Fiat 500e

    The advent of affordable 200-mile electric cars promises to increase public acceptance of cars with plugs—or at least that's the hope of both carmakers and advocates. The first of those, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, is now entering the market, state by state, to great acclaim. But not every electric-car fan is sold on the Bolt EV's combination of qualities. DON'T MISS: Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017 One such enthusiast is Doug Kerr, an attorney in Irvine, California. He wrote about himself: "Under the pen name of 'Unplugged,' he has apparently offended every...

  • Owner Dawn Hall before 800-mile road trip in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car
    Chevy Bolt EV: 800-mile trip in 238-mile electric car shows challenges remain

    With about twice the range of any non-Tesla electric car, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has generated a great deal of excitement and won numerous awards over the last year. In combination with a nascent DC fast-charging infrastructure, it offers the possibility of much longer road trips powered solely...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze
    GM says green-car buyers should consider its diesels: here's why

    Diesel engines will continue to appear in pickup trucks, European luxury SUVs, and at least a few mass-market crossover utility vehicles. Two of those are the Chevrolet Equinox and Mazda CX-5 crossovers that will launch for the 2018 model year. But the future of diesel in U.S. passenger cars...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype
    'Thousands' of self-driving Bolt EVs to be deployed next year: report

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a crucial car for General Motors in more ways than one. With an EPA-rated 238-mile range and $37,495 base price (before federal, state, and local incentives), the Bolt EV considered a groundbreaking electric-car game changer. But the Chevy hatchback is also GM's main...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan
    Chevy Cruze Diesel: quieter, more fuel-efficient, B20-capable

    Automakers today find themselves in something of an unenviable position. Strict corporate average fuel economy rules continue to ratchet up, while President Trump may—or may not—attempt to change those rules. Until the uncertainty resolves, however, automakers have to stick with their...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan fo
    GM's Maven car-sharing adds Chevy Bolt EV electric cars (in LA)

    With the 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV electric car now in its third month of sales and rolling out to additional states every month, the industry is focused on its sales numbers. Retail buyers have asked to what degree GM's plans to dedicate a number of the early Bolt EVs to its Maven car-sharing service...

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