Chevy Volt

  • First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car    [photo: Patrick Reid]

    Members of the lame-duck Congress all got letters on their desks Tuesday stating why the electric-car tax credit should be revised and extended. Along with a five-point fact sheet made public Tuesday, the effort is the first salvo in a battle by the newly-formed EV Drive Coalition to extend the plug-in vehicle tax credit, which is expiring for two automakers next year. Predictably, those two automakers, GM and Tesla, are the driving force behind the moves, according to sources familiar with the coalition's efforts, though the coalition includes other automakers, charging networks and charger...

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    Toyota hybrids, Rivian electric SUV, Byton, and Trump: Today's Car News

    Today's updates are all about new models from the LA auto show, including new electrics from startup automakers Rivian and Byton, a new all-wheel-drive version of the Toyota Prius, a new Hybrid version of Toyota Corolla, and a fuel-efficient new engine for the Mazda3. All this, plus President Trump...

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    Which plug-in hybrid would you buy today if you had to? Twitter poll results

    The Chevrolet Volt, now in its second generation, has long been the king of mass-market plug-in hybrids. With 53 miles of battery range, its electric performance is exceeded only by the BMW i3 REx range-extended electric hatchback. But the BMW's starting price is close to $50,000, taking it well...

  • 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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • Buick Velite 5, for sale in China, at 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]

    China is hugely important to General Motors, as it is to virtually any global automaker. It's the largest market in the country and, recently, it has put in place an increasing set of requirements that more vehicles sold there be fully or partially electric. It also happens to be by far the largest market for Buicks in the world, to the stupefaction of numerous U.S. car buyers. DON'T MISS: Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly The Buick brand carried strong cachet for decades during which ordinary Chinese people couldn't buy cars at all, simply...

  • Teaser photo of Chevrolet FNR-X plug-in crossover utility concept for 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Is Chevy FNR-X concept the plug-in hybrid CrossVolt SUV?

    It's a single teaser shot, obviously of a Chevy front end, with unmistakable design nods to the Camaro muscle car. But the image of the Chevrolet FNR-X concept, to be unveiled at the Shanghai auto show less than two weeks hence, may be the first clue to some new GM plug-in hybrid offerings in the...

  • 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...

  • Section of 2019 Cadillac XT4 spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    Is 2019 Cadillac XT4 crossover the next plug-in hybrid for luxury brand?

    Spy shots are continually fascinating, for both future buyers and auto journalists. They can reveal hints about the shapes, design aspects, and powertrains of vehicles that may not hit showrooms for as much as two years. Some recent spy shots of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 small crossover utility vehicle...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime: gas mileage, electric range review

    The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime turned out to be a better plug-in hybrid than we had expected when we drove it around sunny Ojai, California, on the press launch in October. It's a viable competitor to the second-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, though the Volt has an EPA-rated 53 miles of...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime and 2017 Chevrolet Volt with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt: plug-in hybrid video test

    They're two high-volume plug-in hybrids, but they take different approaches to energy efficiency. The Toyota Prius Prime, new for 2017, is the plug-in version of the world's best-known, and best-selling, hybrid car. The 2017 Chevy Volt was new last year, a greatly improved version of the pioneering...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S owned by David Noland, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2015

    On Monday, Green Car Reports will name its 2017 Best Car To Buy. It will be the seventh time we've given the award, and it's worth looking back to see how far green cars have progressed in those seven years. We were lucky to start the award in 2011, the year two remarkable cars arrived on global markets: the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. DON'T MISS: Nissan Leaf: GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 2011: Nissan Leaf It was a tough choice, but in the end, we gave our 2011 award to the world's first modern battery-electric car. That year, the Leaf's EPA range rating was 73 miles. In...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Does the Chevy Bolt EV make the Chevrolet Volt irrelevant? Is that a problem?

    Sometime during the last three months of this year, the first 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be delivered to its buyer in a blaze of flash photography and publicity. The 200-mile electric car, base-priced at $37,500 before incentives, will be the first car in the world with those specifications. And...

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    How GM plans to market Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, Bolt EV electric car

    Hybrids are pretty well-known at this point, and battery-electric cars are conceptually simple: You plug them in like a mobile phone. But explaining plug-in hybrids to car buyers at large—it's a hybrid, but it also plugs in, but only for double-digit range—has proven to be very hard. As...

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    2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid: technical details revealed

    The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid borrows some components from the Chevrolet Volt.

  • Sign at Max Myers Chevrolet in Middlebury, Indiana  [photo: Tiffany Raim]
    Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

    It's often said that franchised auto dealers are one of the bigger impediments to sales of plug-in electric cars. Vehicles with plugs require more explanation, the financial calculations are often more complicated, and home and public charging stations add a further layer of complication...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt crosses 300,000 miles, March 2016  [photo: owner Erick Belmer]
    Durable 2012 Chevrolet Volt: 300,000 miles, no battery loss

    One of the biggest worries about electric cars--and hybrids for that matter--is whether their expensive high-voltage battery packs will last the life of the car. If not, potential buyers worry, they may be saddled with thousands of dollars of cost in years to come. The evidence on hybrids is...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB Premier Headlight

    By virtually all accounts, the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is a handsome, enjoyable, efficient, and comfortable plug-in hybrid hatchback. This site named it our Best Car To Buy for 2016, and it's won plaudits from reviewers across the spectrum. But as we wrote last summer, "We worry most about GM's ability to explain what the Volt is, why it's better than other plug-in hybrids, and how it blends the benefits of all-electric drive with the security of a range-extending engine when you need it." DON'T MISS: Chevy Volt: Nationwide Rollout In Spring For 2017 Volt GM says it's taking a...

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    2017 Chevy Volt Now At (Some) Dealers; First Incentives Released

    The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is arriving at certain dealers.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015
    2016 Chevrolet Volt: Gas Mileage Review

    By now, it's hardly a secret that we're big fans of the redesigned second-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. We gave it our Best Car To Buy 2016 award, and we've written that it's better in pretty much every way than the innovative first-generation Volt. Last month, we were able to spend four...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015
    2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: First Drive Of Sedan Using Volt Hybrid System

    The second generation of GM’s Voltec plug-in hybrid system is now powering a car that doesn’t actually have a plug at all. The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid uses essentially the same powertrain as the 2016 Chevy Volt, but with a far smaller battery pack. That makes it a new entrant...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015
    Chevrolet Volt: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2016

    Every year, Green Car Reports picks a new car or model line that we feel is the best green car for that new model year. This year, we picked a car that's the all-new version of one that was revolutionary when it was introduced several years ago. The latest version improves on it in pretty much...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt and its replacement, 2015 BMW i3 REx  [photo: Jeff Pantukhoff]
    Why A 2015 BMW i3 REx Replaced My 2013 Chevy Volt: Electric-Car Evolution

    The car most comparable to the first Chevrolet Volt is the current BMW i3 fitted with the optional REx range-extending engine. Both cars run entirely in electric mode until their battery packs are depleted, unlike other plug-in hybrids which switch on their engines under maximum power demand. But...