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    Exclusive: GM executive chief EV engineer says reducing cost of plug-in vehicles is 'huge priority'
    Would deal with customer's No. 1 complaint about Chevy Volt 1395086400

    As we know, another major automaker investing heavily in electrified vehicles is General Motors, and it's doing things much differently than rivals BMW, Ford or Nissan. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV is a modest seller at its $35,000 sticker price but a huge hit with owners. The Chevy Spark ...

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    Report: Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid

    Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz: Volt plug-in powertrain should have gone into Escalade first

    Now he tells us. Bob Lutz, who helped spearhead the development of the Chevrolet Volt at General Motors, told UK's Autocar that the Volt's extended-range plug-in powertrain would've been better developed for full-size SUV than a smaller-sized car because of the greater opportunity to cut fuel use ...

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    Rumormill: BMW Megacity to get optional range-extender

    BMW Megacity EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As more details about BMW's upcoming Megacity EV trickle out, we learn that the electric city car will be offered with an optional small internal combustion engine designed to replenish the depleted batteries while the vehicle is ...

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    Via Motors offers Raser E-REV truck tech for fleets in 2011, individuals in 2013

    If you liked the E-REV powertrain that Raser Technologies brought to SAE 2009 (and later, to the Moab) wrapped up in a Hummer H3 and wondered when that tech might get commercialized, well, wonder no more. Via Motors has now emerged to do just that. While there hasn't yet been a blaring of ...

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    Autocar says range-extenders are the future. Do you agree?

    BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image
    Autocar associate editor Hilton Holloway recently attended a two-day technical briefing on BMW's Megacity Vehicle project and, while he admits that the pure electric Megacity is fascinating in its own right, it's the possibility of BMW ...

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    GM will increase Volt production by 50% - to 45,000 units - in 2012

    President Obama toured the General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility where the automaker will build (can we say "is building" yet?) the Chevrolet Volt today, and as any good PR person will surely agree, you can't let an opportunity like that go by without making an announcement of some sort. So, ...

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    Chevrolet Volt shows up wearing "Victory Red" for the first time

    Chevrolet Volt in 'Victory Red' – click above for high-res image gallery
    When we arrived at General Motors' Michigan battery plant in Brownstown Township this afternoon, we were greeted by the sight of the first-ever red Chevrolet Volt. This "Victory Red" example is one of between 30 and ...

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    Next-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in 2006, when the Chevrolet Volt was first conceived, its extended-range electric (ER-EV) powertrain was originally dubbed E-Flex as its configuration was designed to be flexible. The only part of the system that was constant ...

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    GM's R&D head says Voltec powertrain not suitable for vehicles bigger, smaller than Volt

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Believers in the extended-range electric vehicle (ER-EV, aka plug-in hybrid) technology utilized in the upcoming Chevrolet Volt like to think that the Voltec powerplant could be adapted for use in all kinds of vehicles. We've ...

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    GM updates us on the Chevrolet Volt's battery and powertrain development

    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has provided another of its regular updates on the development of the Chevrolet Volt, focusing this time on the car's battery and powertrain. With a little over six months to go until the first production model ...

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    GM talking to potential Ampera customers in UK, interest in vehicle builds

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    General Motors has begun pushing the Vauxhall Ampera in Britain and is currently in discussions with potential fleet customers. According to GM, there is a significant amount of interest from government agencies and public ...

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    Opel's extended business plan includes multiple electric vehicles

    Opel Chief Executive Officer Nick Reilly has unloaded a sweeping new business plan that includes plenty of interesting little tidbits for green car aficionados. Of course we already know about the 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but Reilly says that ...

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    CMU study indicates the Chevy Volt may be too expensive to be effective

    Click above for a high res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt
    Electric vehicle proponents never like to hear news like this, but another study has indicated that plug-in vehicles with longer battery ranges are going to be too expensive to be cost-effective, even though they will reduce greenhouse gas ...

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    Nissan hedges all-electric bet with range extender option

    Nissan has been telling us over and over again that they will have electric cars for sale by 2010 and we are pretty darn sure they're serious about it. However, that doesn't mean that they are so committed to zero emissions that they won't explore less idyllic possibilities. Conscious of a vocal ...


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