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    Report: GM will make next electric car in Korea; expected to be bigger than Spark EV
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    GM reportedly will produce next-generation electric vehicles in South Korea, alongside the Chevrolet Spark EV (pictured), due to arrive in American showrooms by summer, and later this year in Europe. The Spark EV also will be available for fleets in Canada. GM Korea honcho Sergio Rocha told ...

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    Exclusive: Q&A: Larry Nitz says GM "committed to electrification as a long-term journey"
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    Anyone who still doesn't believe that General Motors is serious about advanced technology in general, and vehicle electrification in particular, hasn't yet learned that post-bankruptcy GM is a very different company run by different people with a different set of priorities, most of which we ...

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    Official: GM CEO Akerson confirms 200-mile EV in the works, says death of the V8 "greatly exaggerated"
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    General Motors isn't talking about how far the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can go before it needs a charge, but par for the course for today's electric vehicles i2 around 70-100 miles. GM CEO Dan Akerson today confirmed that the company is working on a 200-mile EV (perhaps a Spark, perhaps not) ...

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    Study: DOE confirms LG Chem battery plant workers were paid not to make Chevy Volt batteries
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    Remember the story last fall about workers at battery maker LG Chem's Holland, MI-based plant who were sitting idle? Well, the feds have investigated and the news isn't good. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released an audit earlier this month (PDF) that revealed that not a single production ...

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    Video: Cadillac ELR meets snow and ice in northern Michigan winter testing
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    Right after being displayed and winning an award at the cozy confines of the Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid went into the snow for some real-world extreme driving conditions. Cadillac engineers recently completed chassis testing on pre-production ELR models, evaluating the ...

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    Official: Chevrolet supports IdleAir to curb emissions from big trucks at rest
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    Chevrolet is ready to introduce the coolest thing to happen to big-rig trucking since the days of "Convoy" and "BJ and the Bear." The General Motors division is pitching a product called IdleAir, a system that the automaker says can let truckers maintain enough rest-stop power to run a ...

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    Official: PSA Peugeot Citroen, Bosch working on compressed-air, battery-free hybrid
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    Nike single-handedly popularized the term "swoosh." If a new and unexpected project works out as planned, PSA Peugeot Citroen might do the same with "whoosh." PSA Peugeot Citroen is working on a drivetrain that would hybridize a conventional engine with compressed air in one of the automaker's ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz: Volt plug-in powertrain should have gone into Escalade first
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    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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    Official: Vauxhall Ampera gets 'love it or return it' offer in UK
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    General Motors' Vauxhall division in the UK is looking to spur sales of the Chevrolet Volt sister vehicle by giving prospective buyers a chance to drive the extended-range plug-in for 30 days – then return it if they don't like it. Vauxhall is offering a 30-day holiday-themed "satisfaction ...

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    Exclusive: Is there hope for affordable lead-acid EV batteries?
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    Why Not Improve The Cheap Chemistry? When General Motors launched its pioneering two-seat EV1 in 1997, its batteries were "advanced" lead acid (PbA). That means they were big, heavy, had low energy density and a limited life. But it was the best available chemistry at the time. That first EV1's ...

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    Exclusive: Next-gen Chevrolet Volt will be "more road hugging," not too "weird"
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    Remember the look of the Chevrolet Volt concept? It's pictured above because it's been years since we've taken a good look at it. And now that hints are coming from General Motors about the look of the next-gen Volt, we thought it'd be fun to remember how far we've come. "Ed Welburn is not ...

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    Official: GM ready for 500,000 electric* vehicles by 2017
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    It's a big number, and one that needs a bit of a disclaimer. Speaking (via satellite) to journalists at the General Motors Electrification Experience in San Francisco yesterday, Mary Barra, GM's senior vice president of global product development, announced that The General will have 500,000 ...

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    Report: Why SAE Combo vs. CHAdeMO battle could be a big problem
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    Electric-vehicle drivers are bracing for a battle that could make Obama-Romney look like the Tennessee Waltz. The various automakers behind two incompatible plug-in standards for electric vehicle fast-charging stations are championing their own system as the better of the two just as global EV ...

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    Official: September fuel efficiency holds steady at 23.2 mpg for US fleet
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    Fuel efficiency gains for new vehicles sold in the US were in a bit of a holding pattern last month, according to a new report from TrueCar. Fleetwide fuel efficiency for new US light-duty vehicles in September rose 5.5 percent compared to 2011 figures, but remained the same as August 2012 ...

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    Report: GM helped push record Chevy Volt sales in August by using dealer incentives
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    Some critics will say that the federal government's decision to buy a lot of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids for the Pentagon will artificially inflate sales figures for the extended-range plug-in. Others will point out that there is another program being promoted to move Volts, a dealer-incentive ...

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    Report: GM cancels next-gen hybrid truck/SUV program
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    According to a report from GMInsideNews.com, General Motors has shut down its hybrid program for company's next-generation of full-size pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Currently, the Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, Yukon and Cadillac Escalade all use the two-mode hybrid ...

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    Report: 2015 Chevy Volt will get new GM platform
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    Think of it as a recharge for the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the U.S. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, whose sales have been on the upswing this year, will be among General Motors models that will be included on a new vehicle platform for the 2015 model year, the New York Daily ...

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    Official: All-electric Holden sets 'unofficial' 24-hour record with 1,172 miles
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    G'day, mate. And a mighty long one. A battery-electric Holden Commodore set what its builders say is an unofficial record for miles driven purely on electric power over the course of 24 hours. Australia-based EV Engineering said that the Holden (the brand is General Motors' Australian division) ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevy Volt now available (randomly)
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    If you're a recent Chevrolet Volt buyer and noticed you've been getting a few more miles out of your all-electric range than you expected, you might've gotten next year's version of the extended-range plug-in. This month, General Motors started delivering a few 2013 model year Volts to Chevrolet ...

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    Report: Opel Insignia's LPG option delivers 1,000-mile full-tank capability
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    For anyone who wants to drive from Paris to Budapest without that pesky problem of filling-up, Opel has got the car for you. General Motors' Opel division is offering its Insignia with an engine that can run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as petrol, Green Car Congress reports. The ...

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