Chevrolet Volt News

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    General Motors announced yesterday that it would replace the 120-Volt charging unit provided with every Chevrolet Volt, to provide what GM spokesman Randy Fox called a "more consistent charging experience." Back in July, we reported that some of the charging units provided in Volts were overheating, becoming too hot to touch and in one case, even giving an owner a second-degree burn. Thicker cord Now, after complaints from Volt owners, General Motors has agreed to swap out the unit for a beefed-up unit of the same design. Fox said upgrades to the design include a thicker cord from the unit to...

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    Could Opel Ampera Outsell Its Sibling The 2012 Chevrolet Volt?

    Orders have been coming in ahead of projections for the European Opel Ampera, but sales prospects may be looking up in the U.S. too for GM's range-extended electric car.

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    Skeptical About The Chevy Volt? In CA, GM May Loan You One

    There's a saying that the best way to convince someone he wants an electric car is to let him drive one. In light of lower-than-projected Chevrolet Volt sales and continued media misinformation about the car's capabilities, GM is taking that lesson to heart. In Southern California, members of the...

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    2012 Chevrolet Volt Enters 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

    Over the past five years, the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally -- now called the Rallye Monte-Carlo Des Énergies Nouvelles -- has enjoyed increasing popularity as more automakers and private entrants tackle the eco-minded version of the world-famous Rally Monte Carlo. For the past two...

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    Is Chevy Volt Vitriol Simply Toyota Prius-Bashing Rehashed?

    What goes around comes around, and you need look no further than the auto industry for proof. Model names can be mothballed for decades before reappearing. Features and styling cues make comebacks, with mixed success--all the marketing in the world can’t make Ventiports modern today. Less...

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    World's Quietest Drag Race? Nissan Leaf Vs Chevy Volt (Video)

    Drag racing is conventionally noisy. Very, very, very noisy. And while electric drag racing is slowly getting started--and a number of racers have been rudely surprised by the White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun converted to electric power, and lots of it--you wouldn't think of production electrics like...

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    For the past year, the state of Washington has been examining the possibility of putting a $100 annual surcharge on electric vehicle registrations. A contentious issue, the house bill proposed to help the state recoup tax dollars lost as more people switch from gas-guzzling cars to plug-in and hybrid cars. Many of Washington State’s electric car owners understand and support the tax, but the proposed legislation has found a new enemy in the form of General Motors. In a public letter last week to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, GM Director of Government Affairs Hal Lenox pleaded...

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    GM CEO Akerson: We're Staying The Course On The Chevy Volt

    If the Chevy Volt is a sales failure, you'd never know it from the guy who runs General Motors. At a meeting of Volt owners in San Francisco yesterday, GM's CEO Dan Akerson said unequivocally that the company was standing behind its halo plug-in electric car. "We are not backing away from this...

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    2012 Opel Ampera (Chevy Volt) Wins European Car Of The Year

    The 2012 Chevrolet Volt -- along with its European twin -- have just been chosen as 2012 European Car Of The Year. Beating the Volkswagen Up, Toyota Yaris, Fiat Panda, Range Rover Evoque, Ford Focus and Citroën DS5, the plug-in range extended electric vehicle becomes the second plug-in car to...

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    Chevy Volt Production To Halt For 5 Weeks Due To Oversupply

    Late Friday afternoon, Chevrolet announced it would idle production of its Volt range-extended electric car for five weeks, from March 19 to April 23. The story was first reported by the Detroit Free Press; GM informed the 1,300 assembly-line workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant of the shutdown...

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    Obama: I’ll Buy A Chevy Volt After My Presidency Ends

    Ever since Barack Obama became president in 2008, he hasn’t been given much chance to drive a car, let alone own one. But when his presidency ends, Mr. Obama knows exactly what car he wants to buy as his post-presidential ride -- a plug-in Chevrolet Volt. “Five years from now when...

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    Our Semi-Exclusive Interview With The Volt Gun-Rack Guy

    John McDole, the inventor behind the Volt gun rack, shares his thoughts on the Volt, its critics and the politics surrounding the car.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt

    Earlier today,General Motors confirmed that it has restarted production of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt at its Detroit Hamtramck facility. In addition, the automaker has confirmed that it is now producing Californian-market Volts, complete with a low emissions package that enables them to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access in the state. [UPDATE: At least one Chevy dealer is now offering $5,000 off on remaindered early 2012 Volts that don't qualify for HOV-lane access. The dealership has to sell them before it can order the updated 2012 Volts. So if you're from outside California...

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    Truth-Telling Snopes Site Goes To Bat Over Chevy Volt E-Mail

    Get any good e-mails lately? Maybe a chain letter that alleges how pathetically expensive the Chevy Volt is supposed to be? Well, there's one going around--it's called "Cost to operate a Chevy Volt"--and yesterday, the investigative site Snopes.com dived into the ugly politics around the Chevrolet...

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    Chevy Volts And Gun Racks: A Right-Winger's Perspective

    Can a Republican firearms instructor also love the series-hybrid Chevrolet Volt? The author says yes.

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    Gingrich, Here’s Five More Things You Can Fit In A Chevy Volt

    GOP Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich may have jibed earlier this week that you can’t fit a gun rack in a 2012 Chevrolet Volt, but after he was proven wrong by a resourceful Volt owner, it got us thinking. What else can you fit in a Chevy Volt? Here’s five things you should easily be...

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    Latest GOP Slap At Volt: Can't Hold A Gun Rack (Hint: Bad Idea, Boys)

    Real Americans only drive pickup trucks (imported oil be damned). It's obvious because slaps at green cars and fuel-economy rules have become a staple of political campaigning among certain candidates. Yesterday, Newt Gingrich mocked the current Administration's promotion of fuel-efficient cars in...

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    GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes

    Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars, to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. And where changes are made, personnel policies are sure to...

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    To say the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has become a political punching bag would be to understate the obvious. Now, GM is slowly, carefully trying to get the facts about the Volt out to the public at large, hoping to win hearts and minds in a larger battle involving electric cars, image, and politics. A new ad appeared today, entitled "Just the Facts". The ad starts out, "There's been a lot of talk about the Chevy Volt lately." Yep. Sure has. The voiceover efficiently covers the awards the Volt has won, the 395,000 hours of testing GM put into developing its lithium-ion battery...

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    Get A Bullfrog With Your Volt? In Canada, It's Not What It Seems

    If you think that the Chevrolet Volt Bullfrog Power Edition sounds like a rather odd limited edition model, we can understand the confusion. It's nothing to do with the green, hopping creature though, nor is Bullfrog Power an aesthetically-challenged superhero. Instead, it's a 100 percent green...

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    Friendly Fire: Chevrolet's Cruze Stunting Volt Sales?

    Is the Chevrolet Volt being outshone by its own little brother? The Wall Street Journal suggests that - just like millions of Americans - the Volt is a victim of some good, old-fashioned sibling rivalry - at the hands of the Chevrolet Cruze. On the face of it, there's not a lot of reason that the...

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    2012 Volt Cheaper To Own Than 2012 Leaf, Says Kelley Blue Book

    The 2012 Chevrolet Volt might cost nearly $5,000 cheaper more than the 2012 Nissan Leaf, but over the next five years, it might cost you less to run. At least, that’s the verdict of Kelley Blue Book (KBB) which crowned the 2012 Chevy Volt the electric choice in its inaugral Total Cost of...

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    What's Wrong With Chevy Volt Ads & How To Fix Them

    People are rarely lukewarm about the Chevrolet Volt. Like health-care reform or pajama jeans, the Volt inspires love, loathing, and little in-between. That hasn't exactly helped Volt sales, which aren't yet living up to expectations, but fans insist that the car itself isn't the problem. They blame...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt Teardown
    New Video Shows You What’s Inside Your 2012 Chevy Volt

    In today’s gadget-obsessed world it’s not unusual to see brand new computers, cellphones and gadgets taken apart hours after their release on websites like iFixit.com in the interests of education and curiosity. But earlier this week, engineers at Munro & Associates took apart a...