Chevrolet Volt News

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

    Seems like just yesterday that we wrote about the very first Chevrolet Volt delivery--in December 2010, actually. Now the range-extended electric car is about to enter its fourth model year. So far, we don't know a lot about changes to the 2014 Volt beyond the addition of two new colors: Brownstone Metallic and Ashen Grey Metallic. The new 2014 Volt colors were announced on April 1 on the ChevroletVoltAge site. The post was originally an April Fool's joke, showing a nonexistent new Volt color--salmon pink metallic--that was later updated to announce the actual new colors. We might point out...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    2016 Chevrolet Volt To Get Three-Cylinder Range Extender: Report

    Range-extended electric cars are a great idea, mixing clean electric running for the majority of drivers' commutes, with an extra few hundred miles of gasoline running for those longer trips. As we alluded to last week though, the engine isn't always perfectly optimized for its task, often a...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit
    EV Project Tells Us How Drivers Use Electric Cars

    Just how do electric car owners use their cars? It's the question everyone is trying to answer, as it could shape how electric cars of the future are developed. Virtually every manufacturer with an electric car runs its own field trials or keeps data on its users' driving habits, but the EV Project...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    2016 Chevrolet Volt To Have Lower Electric Range, 30 Miles Or Less?

    News Flash: The next Chevy Volt will have less electric range than the current one, perhaps no more than 18 to 30 miles. Or perhaps not. We suspect that a comment by Thomas Sedran, GM's vice president of strategy and operations, is going to be one of those off-hand remarks that creates far more...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    Predicting Chevy Volt Sales: Is California Inventory The Key?

    Analyzing electric-car sales numbers and prognosticating on them is somewhere between a parlor game and a black art. Now one blogger has applied some Nate Silver-like statistical analysis to try to divine predictive patterns in sales of the Chevrolet Volt, the range-extended electric car that's...

  • Toyota's web page for its Prius Plug-In hybrid
    Plug-In Hybrid Specs: Advice On How To Read 'Em (From A Volt Owner)

    We’re going to let you in on a little insider’s secret: when manufacturers are shilling their wares, they tend to favor statistics that illustrate their own version of the truth. As any politician (or car company) will tell you, you can always find a set of numbers to work in your...

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    Car rental firm Hertz got in there early with electric cars, saying as far back as 2010 it would put the Nissan Leaf on its fleet. Several plug-in models have followed, and for its newest initiative, Hertz is targeting younger drivers. A Chevrolet Volt has joined the University of Connecticut's car-sharing fleet, as part of the Hertz On Demand hourly car rental program. The company reasons that college students are "the most tech and environmentally savvy", making the university location a perfect environment for introducing people to the car. The Chevrolet Volt at the University of...

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    Chevy Volt And Opel Ampera: Europe And China Sales Too

    The Chevrolet Volt is by far the best-selling plug-in car in the United States. Last year, it represented almost 45 percent of all plug-in electric cars sold during 2012. But how's it doing outside the U.S., compared to the Nissan Leaf--which is sold globally in North America, Asia, and Europe?...

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    Short On Chevy Volt Knowledge? QR Code Sticker Can Help

    New technology is brilliant. Just look at smartphones, for example--the world's information in the palm of your hands, with the ability to talk, text and take photos when the mood takes you. Or the Chevrolet Volt--38 miles of electric range, with the peace of mind of a gasoline engine backing you...

  • 2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum
    Bob Lutz: Volt's Electric Tech Should've Gone Into Escalade First

    Ex-GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz played an instrumental part in getting Chevrolet's range-extended electric car, the Volt, to market. So important was his role that he's often considered the "father of the Volt"--but at the Detroit Auto Show, Lutz has said that he'd not have launched the car's...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    How Bad Were The Nissan And GM Electric-Car Sales Shortfalls?

    If 2011 was the year of overoptimism for electric-car sales, and 2012 was Sophomore Slump after the inevitable shortfall, will 2013 be the year of realism? That really depends on what the world's leading electric-car maker, Nissan, sells this year. Let's recap. Several years ago, Nissan said that...

  • Chevy Volt Owner's adjusted EPA sticker [Image: voltowner.blogspot.com]
    One Owner's Chevy Volt Running Cost: 2 Cents Per Mile

    Chevrolet Volt owners love their cars. That's one thing we've realized since the Volt hit the market in December 2010. It's subsequently topped customer satisfaction surveys, saved a supertanker worth of gas, and driven over a hundred million miles on electricity alone. Now, one year after buying...

  • Vauxhall Ampera range-extended electric car

    With the holiday season in full swing, many will no doubt experience the small disappointment of receiving a gift they neither like, need, or want. It's a mere inconvenience and probably won't distract from the season's high points, but it's a different story if you've gone out to buy something expensive--like a car--that you no longer like. That's why in the U.K, General Motors subsidiary Vauxhall is launching the "Love it or Return it" scheme for buyers of the Vauxhall Ampera. You may be familiar with the Ampera as a Green Car Reports reader--it's the Chevrolet Volt's European...

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    Electric Cars Lose Value Quicker Than Others, But Not By Much

    If you bought a new electric car today, how much would you expect it to be worth after five years? Concerns about demand further down the line, and further concerns about battery life, initially led some commentators to suggest that electric vehicles would be nearly worthless a few years after...

  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt delivered to retail buyer Jeffrey Kaffee, in Denville, NJ, December 2010
    Two Years In A Chevy Volt: 12,000 Miles, 26 Gallons Of Gas

    Two years ago tomorrow, Jeff Kaffee took possession of his keys and became the very first person in the U.S. to buy a Chevrolet Volt. Since then, the retired pilot from Parsippany, New Jersey, has put almost 12,000 miles on his range-extended electric car--using just 26.1 gallons of gasoline while...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2012
    100 Million Electric Miles Driven By Chevy Volt Owners

    Friday evening, when perhaps not a lot of people were watching, a virtual odometer ticked over on the Chevy Volt website. At that hour--about 7 pm Eastern--it showed that Volt drivers had covered 100,000,000 miles on electricity in their range-extended electric cars. (The actual total is about 25...

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    Chevy Volt Electric Car Has Highest Customer Satisfaction Scores, Again

    Fewer Chevrolet Volt owners would buy another this year than at the same time last year, Consumer Reports has discovered. ...Of course, when that figure is still 92 percent (down from 93) and the Volt has topped Consumer Reports' consumer satisfaction survey for the second year running, perhaps a...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Hybrid Resale-Value Leaders: Toyota Prius C, Ford Fusion Hybrid

    It's good news for many owners of hybrid vehicles, who are not only enjoying great fuel efficiency but could find their vehicles worth more when they come to sell. The Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Prius C and Chevrolet Volt all ranked highest in their respective categories for resale value, in two...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

    It happens already: Chevy Volt owners compare their lifetime electric miles, how long they've driven without using gasoline, and their lifetime gas mileage. Now Chevrolet is formalizing the competition, with plans to release a mobile phone app that lets owners register and compete with each other based on their Volt's Onstar operations data. The Volt Driver Challenge App was announced at the two-day GM Electrification Summit event held in California yesterday and today. It will log a Volt's daily and cumulative percentage of electric miles driven, its daily and cumulative miles per gallon...

  • 2012 Vauxhall Ampera
    UK Teen Takes Driving Test--And Passes--In Electric Car

    Navdeep Singh Pandher's driving test was a little different from that of most teens. He had to drive to the same standards and still needed to check his mirrors before making a turn. Instead, the difference was with the car itself--Navdeep has become the first driver in the UK to pass his test in...

  • Continuous electric miles in 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car [photo: David Noland]
    Onstar Will Let Chevy Volt Owners Share Their Data Again, Soon

    Owners of the Chevy Volt range-extended electric car are often pretty technically advanced. Many are conversant not only with auto technology but also with apps and software analysis tools. Two weeks ago, the online Volt community erupted when OnStar abruptly shut stopped giving data access to...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2012
    2013 Chevy Volt Software Update Required To Avert Delayed-Charging Glitch

    Yesterday, General Motors announced it will be running a ‘customer satisfaction program’ for some 4,000 2013 Chevrolet Volts to fix a software glitch that could cause the car’s electric motor to power down while driving. In other words, GM is asking all 2013 Chevy Volt owners to...

  • 2012 Vauxhall Ampera
    2012 Chevrolet Volt (Vauxhall Ampera) Drives From U.K. To France, Underground

    Last week, the Chevrolet Volt became the first production car to drive from the U.K. to France, using the service tunnel of the Eurotunnel underwater railway line between the two European countries. What’s more, the stunt was orchestrated by Top Gear Magazine, the more measured, printed...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt Charges
    Forget Range Anxiety, Chevy Volt Owners Have Gas Anxiety

    When General Motors launched the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid back in 2010, it chose to emphasize how it differed from electric cars by highlighting how its gasoline engine meant folks didn’t suffer from range anxiety. Now, almost two years after the Volt launched, charging data by a...

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