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  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

    General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the all-electric Bolt EV and the gasoline-powered Chevrolet Sonic on the same assembly line, interspersing them as needed. DON'T MISS: Why I canceled my Chevy Bolt EV electric-car order: a reader explains There is no deviation or halting to switch from one to the...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt crosses 400,000 miles, September 2017   [photo: owner Erick Belmore]
    2012 Chevy Volt has now crossed 400,000 miles, range remains steady

    As more battery-electric cars are sold and more drivers become aware of them, the question of battery life recurs among pretty much every potential buyer. How long will the battery last? Will I have to replace it every 18 months as I do in my smartphone? Data on the liquid-cooled battery packs of...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV battery may fail due to faulty cell; new pack needed for a few GM electric cars (updated)

    General Motors has informed "a few hundred" owners of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars that their cars could suffer from a problem with the lithium-ion battery pack that could cause it to fail without warning. The cars were among the very earliest Bolt EVs produced for public sale, so are...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, first drive, Teaneck, NJ, Aug 2017
    2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel (very brief) first drive

    We spent a few days with a gasoline-powered 2018 Chevy Equinox back in May, but now we've driven a much rarer version. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel will start to arrive at U.S. Chevy dealers within two weeks, the company says. On Wednesday, as part of a comprehensive presentation on the five...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV vs Tesla's Model 3, Model S: CNET, Consumer Reports compare electric cars

    Five years ago, the only true battery-electric cars on the market were the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, while the Chevrolet Volt offered a plug-in hybrid solution. A lot has changed since then, and choices for those interested in an electric car have become more abundant. Specifically, the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV: looking at electric car's long-term challenges

    The electric car that became the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV reset industry norms overnight when it was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The most important parts wasn't the car's shape, or its interior space, or hatchback configuration: it was the combination of price (below...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]

    Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years ago. That car was regrettably totaled in an accident this year, and i3 enthusiast Moloughney is temporarily without a car that plugs in. DON'T MISS: BMW i3 REx: owner's 3 years with range-extended electric car He's relatively well-known among electric-car advocates, however, and someone within GM had...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs Lunar Rover
    Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover

    President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, and the country's space agency met his challenge with five months to go. However, in 1971, NASA sent a remarkable piece of equipment into space with astronauts—the Lunar Rover—which...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel (with 6-speed automatic transmission), Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017
    2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: fuel economy review for automatic, manual versions

    Times are tough for sedans in general, as buyers swarm into crossover utility vehicles and ignore the passenger cars sitting next to them on the showroom floor. Also, gasoline remains cheap. All of which may add up to tough times for the current Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, the compact sedan to be...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV user interface: reviewer calls it best of any electric car

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an amazing, long-range electric vehicle that won multiple awards for good reason. Driving the EV for an extended test for the first time, it’s obvious this is the future of driving. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently predicted that 50 percent of new cars will be...

  • 1946 Chevrolet pickup Toyota Prius conversion
    1946 Chevy pickup truck is world's oldest Prius hybrid. Really.

    There are countless tales of classic cars and trucks receiving new life via parts from a completely different automobile. Whether it's an engine swap, a new platform, or a mix of a few different vehicles, project cars make for some of the greatest stories. This 1946 Chevrolet pickup truck is...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevy Volt may be replaced in 2022 with plug-in hybrid crossover: CrossVolt at last?

    Small SUVs are all the rage, steadily eating into sales of passenger sedans and hatchbacks of pretty much every size. It's not just limited to North America, either: the trend is global, which is why several makers have jacked up perfectly standard front-wheel-drive hatchbacks and turned them into...

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

    One of the biggest tests of an automaker's discipline is what it does when sales start to ebb and inventories of unsold cars swell. Does it keep the production lines churning, and dial up its incentives to keep new-vehicle deliveries flowing? Or does it prioritize profitability and suspend production until inventories are back where they should be? DON'T MISS: Bolt EV electric car sales after 6 months: how do they compare? General Motors is now doing the latter, after seeing its inventories bulge to 105 days' worth of sales by the end of last month, according to a report by the Reuters news...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T
    2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel pricing to start just above $31,000

    Every now and then, resourceful journalists dredge up automotive news before it emerges in a sanitized press release from the maker in question. So it is with the pricing on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, one of two diesel-powered compact crossover utility vehicles expected to hit the U.S...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car, June 2017 road trip from VA to KY and back  [Jay Lucas]
    Electric-car road trip: lessons learned in Chevy Bolt EV over 1,300 miles

    Launched in December, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the first mass-priced electric car to go on sale with a rated range of more than 200 miles: 238 miles combined, according to the EPA. Most owners use their Bolt EVs for daily commuting and trips, just like any other car. But road trips are an...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    Bolt EV electric car sales after 6 months: how do they compare?

    Last month, 1,642 Chevrolet Bolt EV 238-mile battery-electric hatchbacks found buyers, enough to take the Bolt's six-month aggregate to 7,592 deliveries all told. It was the latest and highest in a string of rising monthly delivery totals for the 238-mile battery electric hatchback, and it marked...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car on Coquilhalla Highway, BC, Canada, May 2017 [Boyd/Hetherington]
    Driving a Chevy Bolt EV electric car across Canada, all the way

    To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, Barb Hetherington and Buddy Boyd embarked on their maiden voyage to prove electric car travel is feasible in a very large country with some very sparsely populated areas. With a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV as their chariot, and their dog Piper for company, the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV autocrossing, Photo: Terry Krebs
    Chevy Bolt EV electric car does many things: autocrossing is one

    The idea of performance and electric cars normally don't go hand in hand, unless the topic is a Tesla Model S P90 D. Outside of that one high-performance electric vehicle, casual electric cars are hardly the racer's choice, but one owner felt otherwise. Brian Ro, the owner of a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt...

  • Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle

    Olive drab isn't the only green thing in the U.S. Army. Currently undergoing testing at Fort Carson in Colorado, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle illustrates the unlikely intersection between eco-friendly powertrains and the demanding needs of a vehicle that may be deployed to a war zone. The Colorado ZH2 is a collaboration between General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), but its roots are a little more humble. DON'T MISS: Honda, GM To Build Factory For Fuel-Cell Production By 2025 Underneath its show-truck...

  • Chevy Bolt EV fast-charging at EVgo station before trip across Maryland    [image: Brian Ro]
    Drive a Chevy Bolt EV electric car 313 miles on a charge: here's how

    Electric-car range is a funny thing. It is rated by the EPA, and most people focus on that combined figure, though an individual's use may greatly affect the car's actual range. Gentle drivers who drive mostly at lower speeds can greatly outdo that combined range, while steady driving at maximum...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV crash
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV rated a Top Safety Pick by IIHS

    The Chevrolet Bolt EV has just been awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This makes it the first electric car from the 2017 model year to receive an IIHS award. In order to qualify as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest score of...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV newspaper ad, The Washington Post, June 16, 2017
    Yes, ads for the Chevy Bolt EV electric car do actually exist; here's one

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV isn't yet available in all states, but it's been on sale in California for six months now. While Chevy has said all along it will market the 238-mile electric car in a very targeted way, specifically trying to reach people similar to existing owners, it may have expanded...

  • Driving a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from Virginia to Missouri, June 2017  [photo: Bill Massmann]
    Driving a Chevy Bolt EV electric car halfway across the U.S.: what it takes

    How badly do you want a new, affordable, long-range electric car? Badly enough to drive it more than 800 miles without a unified fast-charging infrastructure? That's exactly what Bill Massmann, a professional land surveyor in St. Louis, Missouri, did to become the proud owner of a new 2017...

  • One of 130 second-generation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars, with GM CEO Mary Barra
    Self-driving Chevy Bolt EV electric test cars to be deployed

    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...

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