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    Official: GM CEO: Don't worry, Chevy Volt still has a future

    General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told San Francisco-area Chevrolet Volt owners that the automaker will continue to invest in and expand production of the extended-range plug-in vehicle, according to Green Car Reports. Akerson, who met with about 30 Volt owners, said his company's decision to stop ...

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    GM invests $23.5m in electric vehicle component facility in Baltimore

    GM's Baltimore Transmission Plant
    In January, General Motors announced that it would sink some $246 million into its Baltimore Transmission plant to construct an on-site electric motor production facility. The investment signaled the beginning of The General's quest to build electric vehicle ...

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    Rumormill: GM to follow Hyundai with four-cylinder-only mid-size cars

    Hyundai made some news last fall when it launched the all-new 2011 Sonata with a four-cylinder-only engine lineup. It now looks like General Motors might be following suit for its mid-sizers. By leaving out larger V6 engines as a possibility, Hyundai was able to design a lighter structure while ...

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    Chevrolet Volt will not be eligible for HOV-lane access until mid-2012 *UPDATE

    Prospective owners of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf shouldn't get too excited about driving in California carpool lanes as soon as they take delivery. Late Tuesday night California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 535 into law, extending access to the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes ...

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    General Motors IPO filing focuses on green technologies, serious risks

    Yesterday, General Motors finally submitted its S-1 document to the Securities and Exchange Commission as the first official step towards becoming a publicly traded company again. As we found when Tesla went down this path earlier this year, an IPO means a company has to outline the potential ...

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    General Motors, SAIC to jointly develop small engine and dual clutch transmission

    General Motors has reached an agreement with one of its primary Chinese partners, Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp. (SAIC), on the joint development of powertrains for small vehicles. GM and SAIC will develop and produce a family of four-cylinder engines ranging from 1.0- to 1.5-liters with ...

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    Patent application hints at possible automatic fuel stabilizer delivery for Chevy Volt

    One of the regular questions relating to the Chevrolet Volt is: what happens to the fuel in the tank if it's not used for extended periods of time and the car is only run on plug power? General Motors officials have said that the engine might periodically run just for the purpose of using up some ...

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    General Motors' wind tunnel turns 30, more important than ever

    2011 Chevrolet Cruze in the GM wind tunnel – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Thirty years ago this week, General Motors opened its first full-scale wind-tunnel at its Warren, MI, technical center. Today, the facility is more important than ever. As automakers strive to hit new fuel ...

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    Report: General Motors bringing back mild hybrids next year

    Let's try this again, shall we? General Motors has announced that it will jump back into the mild hybrid game by the third quarter of 2011. Larry Nitz, the company's director of hybrid and electric powertrain engineering, made the announcement at a seminar in Traverse City, MI, though he declined ...

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    General Motors to establish global BEV test fleet, build New Sail EV prototype

    Chevrolet New Sail – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Speaking at the Plugging Into the Future Forum at the Shanghai World Expo today, General Motors' Global Vehicle Engineering VP Karl Stracke announced the creation of a test fleet of battery electric vehicles. The fleet will be ...

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    Report: Ex-GM worker accused of stealing hybrid secrets

    It seems that the lure of stealing secretive trade secrets from a former employer has struck again, this time involving General Motors. Ex-GM employee Shanshan Du and her husband Yu Qin have reportedly been indicted by a federal grand jury for their part in an alleged conspiracy to steal hybrid ...

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    Chevrolet Volt to be powered by engine at high speeds? Seems unlikely.

    Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Earlier today, we heard a rumor from The Telegraph about a possible dramatic change to the drivetrain that will be used in the Chevrolet Volt (and the Opel Ampera) and though we put it to bed. The UK paper is doubling down on the story, ...

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    Video: 2011 Chevrolet Volt visits Consumer Reports

    "What do you think about the Chevrolet Volt?" It's a question we get asked all the time. For most of us, the answer is, "I'm anxious to check it out." The staff of Consumer Reports' Automotive Test Center can offer more substantive replies. General Motors drove two Volts out to CR's Connecticut ...

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    General Motors using student design competitions to recruit EV engineers

    Hiring new engineers in the auto industry is always something of a gamble. Just because someone coming out of school has a 4.0 GPA, it doesn't mean that they are well suited to the day-to-day problem solving and innovation required of a modern engineer. In the past, a lot of new engineers were ...

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    Chevy Volt total range upgraded? Nope, just a little miscommunication

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One little thing – or is it maybe a big one? – caught our eye in yesterday's announcement the free in-home chargers that will be available to some early Chevy Volt buyers: a change in how General Motors was talking ...

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    General Motors may build its own low-cost EV for India

    Chevrolet e-Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Now that General Motors has abandoned its plan to build a low-cost electric vehicle for the Indian market with Reva, it may move forward with an internally developed vehicle. Mahindra and Mahindra recently purchased a majority stake ...

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    Report: EPA announces cleanup for part of Buick City

    Michael Moore paints an engrossing, albeit one-sided, picture of the disaster that ensued citywide in Flint, MI after General Motors began shuttering plants there decades ago. Given its age, however, Moore's Roger and Me, stops short of illuminating current issues that still plague the city. Take ...

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    BMW pursuing better acoustics to improve efficiency

    Manuel Reichle, Sound engineer, and the BMW 635d – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When considering how to go about improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, we typically think of smaller engines, alternative fuels and electrification. One area that doesn't typically come to ...

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    OnStar taps Google Maps for Chevy Volt navigation

    Back in January, General Motors announced that OnStar would release a smartphone app to be used in conjunction with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The app allows owners to keep track of charge status, remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, along with providing diagnostic reports and a host of other ...

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    More than half of General Motors' 2009 patent filings were for green tech

    Over the years, General Motors has not often been seen as a forward-thinking company when it comes to green technologies. Sure, the Chevrolet Chevette was one of the first American cars to crack the 30 miles per gallon mark (the diesel model got north of 50 mpg). True, the EV-1 experiment showed ...


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