Chevrolet Volt News

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt

    According to a recent, very peppy General Motors ad campaign, many Chevrolet Volt owners are brimming with enthusiasm about their plug-in hybrid. Then again, having Chevy Volt owners evangelize about their cars in an ad designed to sell the plug-in hybrid is hardly a fair yardstick to gauge how Volt owners feel about their cars. But a recent J.D. Power Survey has come to the same conclusion as GM’s own ad: drivers of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt are more satisfied with their new car than any other compact car buyer in the U.S. today. In its recent 2012 Automotive Performance, Execution and...

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    Chevy Volt Buyer Proves You're Never Too Old To Buy An Electric Car

    If you examine the demographics of the ‘average’ electric car buyer, you’re likely to find out that they are educated to at least college level, drive less than 50 miles per day, and have a household income of at least $125,000 a year. The mean age of an electric car buyer? Just...

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    2013 Chevrolet Volt: Already At Dealers (If You’re Lucky)

    Sometimes, automakers mark the switch between one model year and the next with some pomp and ceremony, especially if the new model year is significantly better than the outgoing one. Despite the 2013 Chevrolet Volt getting an improved all-electric range, better EPA rating and the addition of a...

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    If 63% Of Volt Miles Are Electric, Isn't It An Electric Car?

    One of the most common complaints we get at GreenCarReports is that we refer to the 2012 Chevrolet Volt as an electric car. Because it has a range-extending gasoline engine, some say, it is only a plug-in hybrid and therefore not worthy to be classed as an electric car. As we’ve illustrated...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit
    Chevy Volt A Plug-In Hybrid? More Electric Than You Think, Owners Say

    If you have a car that both plugs in and runs on a conventional engine, what's the mix of miles done on grid power versus gasoline? You might think it's something like 50-50. In the case of the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, with an electric range of 6 to 15 miles, that's probably about...

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    2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe To Get New Engine?

    Over the past decade, Cadillac has been trying to build--or rebuild--its reputation as a world-class luxury brand. Style, luxury, and performance all play into the mix of its new products, but it may take another decade for the world to think of Cadillac in the same category as German luxury...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt

    Sometimes online news sites can build complete stories--almost entirely hypothetical--around a single factoid. This is one of those stories. The factoid is that General Motors registered its intent to use the name Electra on a product in the category of "Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof." In other words, it may at some point build a car that carries the model name Electra. It hasn't done so since 1990, when the final car carrying the fabled Electra 225 name (perhaps better known as the "Deuce and a...

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    2012 Chevrolet Volt Owners Help With Peppy Volt Ad Campaign

    Just how do you advertise a plug-in car like the 2012 Chevrolet Volt? In the two years since advertising for General Motors’ first plug-in hybrid started, GM has tried a whole bunch of different tactics. Sadly, to date, very few have been successful, focusing on why you should want a Chevy...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit
    Volt Owners: Here’s Why Your Delayed Charging Failed

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  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt
    2013 Chevy Volt Gets 38-Mile Electric Range, Higher 98-MPGe Rating

    It may be hard to imagine, but the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car is about to enter its third model year. The new 2013 Chevrolet Volt will offer a slightly higher all-electric range, up from 35 to 38 miles. Its base price of $39,995 will not change. Next year's Volt will also receive a...

  • Thomas Hundal: 12-year Old Chevy Volt Salesman
    2012 Chevrolet Volt Gets New Salesman: 13-Year Old Thomas Hundal

    When it comes to learning stuff, most kids look towards older siblings, parents and teachers to find out how to do something. But a 13-year old car expert in Ontario, Canada is so enthusiastic and knowledgable about cars that he’s helping his local Chevrolet dealership train its staff to be...

  • 2012 Chevy Volt Crash: © Livingstone County News / Michael Johnson
    Huge 2012 Chevy Volt Crash Proves Its Safety Credentials

    Ever since a battery pack from a 2012 Chevrolet Volt caught fire weeks after it was subjected to tough National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests in a laboratory, critics of General Motor’s plug-in hybrid have been quick to question its safety credentials. But after a Toyota Camry...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

    There's lot of discussion about how the value of electric cars will hold up over time, depending on how long their expensive lithium-ion battery packs last and how quickly they may lose capacity. But now the folks who estimate used-car prices for a living, the NADA Guide, have weighed in with their take on the value of one-year-old Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt models. According to trade journal Automotive News [subscription required], the June issue of the NADA Guide will set the value of a "typically equipped 2011 Leaf SV electric car" at $23,975. That, according to NADA, is 95 percent of its...

  • Artist Ian Cook's fluorescent Chevy Volt painting. Image: popbangcolour on flickr
    Artist Paints Fluorescent Chevy Volt With RC Cars As Brushes

    Turning on an electric car is a strange, ethereal experience. After years of turning the key on regular cars and feeling them burst noisily into life, the glow of instruments and occasional musical jingle of an EV feels soothing and futuristic. Turn on an ultra violet light over artist Ian Cook's...

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    2012 Volt Electric Car Brings Chevy Whole New Type Of Customer

    Who buys a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car? It’s a question that we’ve tried to answer in the past, examining initial sales data from General Motors to try and create the automotive equivalent of an indentikit Volt buyer. Unsurprisingly, many early-adopting Volt buyers were green car...

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    2012 Chevrolet Volt: Saving You From Zombies In Electric Safety

    Here are two subjects we never thought would go together: zombies, and plug-in cars. But the winning entry in the 2012 MOFILM Barcelona Chevrolet Volt Video Contest by director Josh Soskin does just that, and now it's being aired by Chevrolet Europe to help drum up interest for its plug-in hybrid...

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    2012 Chevrolet Volt Saves Supertanker Worth Of Gas Since Launch

    We all know electric and plug-in hybrid cars can help cut down consumption of gasoline, but just how do you measure how much gasoline savings can be made? Normally, we measure gasoline savings in gallons, or barrels of oil, but General Motors has decided to measure the gasoline saved by its...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report
    Going Away? Make Sure Your Electric Car Stays Happy Without You

    Electric cars, just like every other device or machine that relies on rechargeable batteries, slowly discharge over time. Leave them in low state of charge for too long, and their traction battery packs are destroyed. Which is why automakers like Nissan and Chevrolet recommend owners follow...

  • Voltchella Pool Party

    Imagine the scene: you’re an advertising executive for General Motors given the task of finding new and exciting ways to promote the Chevrolet Volt’s sponsorship of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The chances are you’d think up something grand, like putting a Chevy Volt up on stage with a headline band. But a pool party, with A-list guests, free drink and a Chevy Volt resting on a makeshift automotive waterbed? That’s just too crazy to get past those stern folks in accounting, right? Wrong. Enter the wacky and weird world of Voltchella, the Chevy...

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    2013 Chevrolet Volt Details: New EV-Hold Mode, MyLink, Safety Systems

    If you want a 2013 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, searching the web may not get you much. Chevy hasn't yet put details of next year's Volt model on its website, for instance. But it did release ordering details to its dealers, and the intrepid sleuths at GM Inside News uncovered them...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012
    Friday 13th? Five Green Automakers Who Have All The Bad Luck

    Have you noticed today’s date? Unless you’re of Italian or Spanish descent (those nations consider Tuesday the 13th and Thursday the 17th bad luck), you might consider today to be an inherently unlucky. But before you cross yourself, reach for the four-leaf clover, or hide under the...

  • 2012 Vauxhall Ampera
    Your Chevrolet Volt Needs A Charge Sustaining Mode: Here’s Why

    In a few weeks’ time, Vauxhall/Opel, a European arm of General Motors, will officially start sales of the 2012 Vauxhall/Opel Ampera. Essentially a Chevrolet Volt in disguise, the Ampera shares most of Volt’s features and, thanks to a lack of On-Star in Europe, loses some of the...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Line at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant
    After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production To Resume A Week Early

    Buoyed by record monthly sales of its Chevy Volt hybrid electric plug-in car in March, General Motors will resume production of the Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck plant one week early, the United Auto Workers told Talking Points Memo on Tuesday night. “They’re adding a week of production...

  • Fox News commentary on Chevy Volt (screen capture), March 2012
    Right Wing Volt Flip-Flop? Now It's An Energy Security Hero! (Video)

    You may have heard and read more than you want to on the media distortions and lousy reporting about the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Former GM product czar and climate-change skeptic Bob Lutz has been a lonely voice in his series of Forbes pieces slamming the distortions (the most...