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    Exclusive: The Volt Experience: Using it like an owner

    Has there been any other vehicle in automotive history so maligned by those who don't know or understand it, yet so loved by those who do? Critics typically see the Chevy Volt as an electric car with a pitiful 38-mile range (as if the range-extending engine/generator weren't there), while media ...

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    Exclusive: The Electrification of Detroit: A look Ford C-Max Energi, GM's EV efforts

    It was lucky for me that GM's recent media forum on its electrification efforts was in San Francisco, since I would already be there for the press launch for the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. And GM promised a session with its new global product guru, Mary Barra, and a brief drive of a ...

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    Review: Reevaluating the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in context, at home

    An affordable, semi-practical, entry-level EV I've driven a fair number of electrics over the last couple decades, beginning with General Motors' bullet-shaped 1991 Impact concept car and continuing through a progression of Geo Storm-based mules, prototype and production EV1s with both lead-acid ...

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    Exclusive: Will Detroit Three Survive and Thrive?

    All are looking good for now... but it depends As you probably know, Chrysler has reported its best quarterly profits in 13 years, has just introduced a very nice new Dodge Dart compact sedan and continues to gain sales and market share. GM has also been highly profitable with a string of solid ...

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    Opinion: Fox News vs. the Chevy Volt

    Political agenda trumps Volt facts on "fair and balanced" channel Political liberals have long hated General Motors, partly because long-ago GM leaders did bad things and built bad products, but mostly because it was really big, successful and profitable. And most probably still do. Never mind ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part V: GM Design and Marketing

    "Come on, Gary. You talked to GM and never asked my question? ...Won't you please ask [automakers] why they don't have a significantly improved, simple, gas-powered 58-mpg runabout for the early 21st century American market (considering they've had 22 years, technology has advanced, etc.)?" ...

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    Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part II: Ford

    In response to my last column on this subject – Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part I: 54.5 mpg is going to be hard to reach – commenter TxPatriot wondered why (non-hybrid) modern cars can't deliver the 53-58-mpg fuel economy he says his 1989 Geo Metro does. "I've yet to receive a ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part I: 54.5 mpg is going to be hard to reach

    Is 54.5 mpg achievable... and what will it cost? Ask the average driver whether he or she would like better fuel economy from they car they're driving now, and the answer will, of course, be "Yes!" Ask whether the feds should continue forcing automakers to improve fuel economy on a very ...

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    Opinion: Chevy Volt sales: What's the real story?

    There's no end to people's emotions surrounding GM's Chevy Volt. Those with hate-GM and/or hate-Obama agendas are duty-bound to rage against it because they resent the bailout and see the Volt as a direct result of that money (even though it's not). Those who can love only "pure" battery electric ...

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    Bob Lutz: A CAFE level of 42 mpg is "totally ridiculous"

    I recently visited "Maximum Bob" Lutz at his home to interview him for the summer issue of the quarterly Motor Trend Classic and found the 79-year-old energetic and outspoken as ever six months beyond retirement from General Motors. We talked mostly product stories from his long auto career, ...

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    So many electric vehicle start-ups - which will survive?

    First, let me get this off my chest: With General Motors reporting just 1,210 Chevy Volts sold in the first three months of 2011, including 608 in March, and Nissan showing only 452 Leafs out their U.S. dealers' doors in the first three months, including 298 in March, critics are chortling that ...

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    Bob Stempel (ex-GM, ex-ECD Ovonics) talks about lithium batteries, and what will make EVs great

    Robert "Bob" Stempel, semi-retired at an energetic 78, is one of the good guys. Armed with a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, he joined General Motor's Oldsmobile Division in 1958 as a chassis detailer and 29 years later was GM president and chief ...

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    GM confident Chevy Volt will lead company to be "best-in-segment in every area and every technology"

    Following my session with General Motors North America President Mark Reuss at Detroit's January North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), I caught up with two technology leaders playing key roles in GM's vehicle electrification process: Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah – a ...

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    In deep with GM's Mark Reuss: "The soul of the company has to be things like the Volt"

    Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors North America president Mark Reuss looked tired on the first morning of Detroit's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press days. His face showed the weight of heavy responsibilities as president of ...

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    What movers, shakers and bakers were saying at the Business of Plugging In, part II

    Bright Idea PHEV van – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last time, I reported some of what key presenters had to say at the October Center for Automotive Research (CAR) "Business of Plugging In" (BPI) conference in Detroit. This time, I will offer a bit more of that from an ...

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    At Witz' End: 2010 Business of Plugging In, notes and quotes

    What EV movers, shakers and bakers were saying

    2011 Chevrolet Volt plugs in at the RenCen during BPI 2010 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Earlier this fall, a day before attending press events for Ford's new, more fuel-efficient truck engines and Chevy's Volt (interesting ...

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    At Witz' End: The more I drive it, the more the Nissan Leaf is (and isn't) like an EV1

    Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    I've written about the ways that the Nissan Leaf and the General Motors EV1 are similar before, but while driving a Leaf recently on lovely country (and some city) roads around Nissan's Franklin, TN headquarters, I was struck once ...

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    At Witz' End: Observations after driving the Chevy Volt (and getting 26.1 and 81.5 mpg)

    Not a "pure" EV, but game-changing potential

    Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    "The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle that is capable of being your only car," said Volt Marketing Director Tony DiSalle at the Volt media launch briefing. "You have the freedom to ...

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    At Witz' End: Nissan Leaf Drive is Déjà vu all over again

    Early drive recalls GM press drives 18 years ago

    Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    I got a Leaf early-drive opportunity at Nissan's Farmington Hills, MI, North American Technical Center the other day. With just one car and other drivers awaiting their turns, it was ...

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    At Witz' End - Electric vehicle progress, prospects and challenges

    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Great start, but long road ahead I just returned from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in beautiful Traverse City, MI, and don't have much electric vehicle (EV) news to report from ...


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