Chevrolet Volt News

  • Cadillac electric crossover SUV based on GM BEV3 modular platform

    The discontinued Chevy Volt had one of the all-time great names for an electric car. Now that it has been discontinued, it seems a shame to let such a great name go to waste. GM has made no suggestions of continuing the Volt nameplate, so we thought we'd see if we could help them along with some suggestions in our latest Twitter poll. The poll asks our readers, "Now that Chevy no longer makes the Volt, how should it use the name?" GM President Mark Reuss has suggested that the company won't build any more hybrids, such as the Volt with its Voltec extended range hybrid system. So our choices...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    With the Volt discontinued, how should Chevy use the name now? Take our Twitter poll

    The Chevrolet Volt has one of the all-time great names for a plug-in car—even better than its former European sibling the Opel Ampera, based on sales at least.The company even used the name on an experimental plug-in hybrid wagon in 1980. It would be a shame to see such a great electric-car...

  • Grove Hydrogen Automotive fuel-cell car
    Chinese fuel-cell cars, lithium-ion battery growth, EPA and health: Today's Car News

    A Chinese hydrogen company introduces its own line of fuel-cell cars. A Texas startup plans to make motors more efficient. A report shows more battery production coming online. And without science boards the EPA questions some fundamental links. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Chinese...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama, buy that Volt!

    Former President Barack Obama made a promise on the campaign trail in 2012. Let's see if he keeps it—if even for his museum.

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019
    Chevrolet tax credits, Tesla delays, Nissan Leaf Plus range drive: The Week in Reverse

    Which new electric car didn't give us any range surprises in a recent test drive? What new features have been enabled on some Teslas? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 29, 2019. After this weekend, electric cars from...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Chevy Bolt EV deals, Ram eTorque, in-wheel motors, wind and solar costs: Today's Car News

    Ram's new eTorque does more than most mild-hybrid start/stop systems. Chevrolet is making no big sales push at the end of the quarter, despite the expiration of full tax credits for its vehicles. In-wheel motors for EVs may be making their way to the mainstream. And renewable electricity may have...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    Consumers have less than three days to buy a plug-in Chevy Volt or Bolt EV from GM and still qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax. And yet Chevrolet isn't making any final push to clear out inventories of either car. Nor does GM have any plans to cut prices after the tax cut expires on Monday, as Tesla did with its cars after the tax credit began to wind down. GM is the second automaker to face the "tax credit cliff," as Tesla CEO Elon Musk has called it, after delivering 200,000 plug-in cars. Tesla passed that limit last July, which caused the tax credit to drop from the full $7,500 to...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    10 lessons from the short life of the Chevy Volt, 2011-2019

    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...

  • Kandi EX3
    Chinese Kandi cars, longer-range Volvos, Nissan Leaf Plus review: Today's Car News

    A new car company from China gets approval to sell electric cars in the U.S. We have a first chance to drive the longer-range Nissan Leaf Plus. Volvo gives is plug-in hybrids additional battery range for 2020. And the last Volt rolls off the assembly line. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    GM rolls last Chevy Volt off Detroit assembly line

    With the end of Chevrolet Volt production last week, it looks more like pure electric cars are winning the race to transform driving over more complicated, if versatile plug-in hybrids. GM built the last 2019 Chevy Volt on February 15, and in a ceremony last Tuesday it rolled off the assembly line...

  • 2019 Buick Velite 6 Electric
    GM president dashes hopes of future Volt, says no more hybrids

    Following news in late November that General Motors would kill off the Chevrolet Volt, one of the pioneers of modern plug-in cars, a senior GM executive has hinted—strongly—that it won't be back. On Friday, in the Q&A session after the company's investor conference, incoming company...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X
    What effect will lower tax credits on Tesla and GM plug-ins have in the new year? Take our Twitter poll

    The wind-down of federal tax credits on plug-in vehicles begins to hit in 2019. Tax credits for Tesla buyers were already reduced to $3,750 on Tuesday. The same reduction is scheduled to hit GM's plug-in models, the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV on April 1. The reduction in the credits is likely to have...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure

    President Trump campaigned on a promise to aid U.S. manufacturers and provide more incentives for them to produce products in the U.S. Now the President, seemingly in opposition to that stance, has launched into a war of words with two of America's largest automakers—its youngest and one of its oldest—over the tax credits that have allowed them to build advanced plug-in cars in the U.S. It wasn't supposed to be this way. READ THIS: Trump vows retaliation against GM for layoffs The Plug-In Vehicle Tax Credit, conceived in Congress during the George W. Bush administration and...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    What are your hopes for plug-in cars in 2019?

    People wish for all kinds of things. When it comes to electric cars, there are several types of things green car fans may wish for to get more such cars on the road, from easier charging to more tax credits, to more types of models. Our Twitter poll for this annual time of reflection between...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
    Rivian fast charging, Volkswagen electrics, Trump vs GM: The Week in Reverse

    Which upcoming electric car has a battery pack engineered to be upgraded to 800 volts? What company plans to do more serious marketing of electric cars' strengths? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending December 21, 2018. This...

  • Pronto.AI self-driving car system
    GM battery layoffs, Trump and fuel economy, more fast chargers: Today's Car News

    Electrify America gets plans approved to build more fast chargers in California. A new study shows what the Trump administration is missing about how fuel-economy standards affect vehicle affordability. And we have results from our last Twitter poll and a new poll for you to try. All this and more...

  • 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 Volt
    Trump on electric cars, tailpipe tests, tech to clean up engines: Today's Car News

    EVgo launches its first ultra-fast charger in the desert. Microwave ignition claims to clean up internal combustion. And a group proposes publishing its own independent emissions tests. All this and more on Green Car Reports. "All-electric is not going to work," President Trump said in an interview...

  • President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy DoD)

    In an interview with Fox News last week, President Trump revealed his inner thoughts about electric cars—not that many had any doubts. "All-electric is not going to work," he said, referring to General Motors' stated goal to transition to "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion." The company announced last year that it will launch 20 new hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars by 2023 to meet more stringent emissions standards in China, Europe, California, and elsewhere. READ THIS: GM to kill Chevy Volt production in 2019 Referring to GM CEO Mary Barra's announcement...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    What will happen now that the Chevy Volt has been discontinued? Twitter poll results

    When General Motors announced in November that it would stop production of the Chevrolet Volt, it was a shock to many green car fans' systems. The Volt was one of the first two modern electrically powered cars to go on sale in 2010, and is still the longest-range plug-in hybrid on the market. Its...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    Tesla Model 3, long-range Nissan Leaf, cutting tax credits: Today's Car News

    The Trump administration plans to end tax credits for plug-in cars. The EPA released official range and efficiency estimates for the Tesla Model 3 Mid Range. The long range Nissan Leaf is a no-show at the 2018 LA Auto Show—now we hear why. And we ask what should happen with the Chevrolet...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Volt
    What will happen to GM's Voltec system now that the Chevy Volt has been discontinued?

    GM's discontinuation of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid—sorry, extended-range electric vehicle—technology last month came as a blow to many plug-in car fans. The car could allow 90 percent of Americans, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data, to drive to work and back every...

  • Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
    LA Auto Show electrics, no Volts, 1 billion Tesla miles: The Week in Reverse

    Which company plans on introducing a new electric pickup and SUV? What car caused a ruckus when its manufacturer announced it would be discontinued? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending November 30, 2018. This week was all...

  • Mother-daughter team installs battery packs in Chevrolet Volt electric cars
    Trump vows retaliation against GM for layoffs

    After General Motors announced on Monday that it will kill the Chevy Volt as part of an effort to streamline its lineup, close five factories, and lay off 15 percent of its workers, President Trump took to Twitter to vow retaliation for the damage the layoffs could do to the U.S. economy. "The U.S...

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