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Oct 18, 2012
Chris Weiss

Cadillac Will Begin Production on ELR Hybrid Next Year

GM announced plans to develop the Cadillac ELR, essentially an upgraded luxury version of the Chevy Volt, last summer. This week, it provided an update, stating that it is investing $35 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for ELR production to begin in late 2013.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is already GM’s base camp for electric-based vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera, so it’s not surprising that it is being prepped for the ELR.

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Apr 6, 2012
Chris Salamone

Chevy Sparks Sub $13,000 Price

Consumers won’t see too many big changes in the 2013 Chevrolet model lineup, except for one little – but glaring – introduction. The Chevy Spark will be offered in a myriad of jubilant colors and at a price we won’t soon forget, which the company hopes will translate to greater sales success over industry competitors like the Scion iQ and Smart ForTwo.

The Spark arrives in three trim levels and at a starting MSRP of $12,995, including destination.

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Feb 1, 2012
Chris Weiss

Chevy Volt Owners Could Get Renewable Charging With Innovative OnStar App

Chevy Volt owners clearly care about the environment or they wouldn’t be coughing up a big premium for series-hybrid technology. GM may give these owners even more power to clean up their commutes by launching a unique renewable-energy program for OnStar.

With the proposed system being developed in conjunction with Google, OnStar would receive a signal from PJM Interconnection showing the available renewably-sourced energy within the grid. PJM Interconnection is a regional electricity transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in more than a dozen eastern states.

The information would be uploaded to OnStar’s Advanced Telematics Operating Management System (ATOMS), where OnStar could use it to automatically match up charging Volts with renewable energy. A mobile app would let owners know when renewable energy is available.

“In the near future customers will have a real signal of demand for renewable energy,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar vice president of planning and business development. “As customers configure their Volts to favor renewable energy for their charging cycle, this real demand signal will influence utilities to tap into renewable sources.”

The system is still in the prototype stages and may or may not become commercially available. If it does, GM says that Volt owners will need only sign up to opt in. OnStar will take care of the rest.

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Jan 27, 2012
Chris Salamone

GM Acknowledges Rough Volt Publicity, Launches New Ad To Bolster Sales

For the next month GM will air a commercial which aims right to the heart of the matter, suggesting the Volt is a car “America had no choice but to build” and implying the car’s automotive nuts and bolts make up the very fabric of Detroit. If this all sounds a bit desperate, that’s because the Volt needs a lifeline. GM just recently publically acknowledged that sales of the Volt have been dramatically hurt by recent negative publicity. Concerns ranging from battery safety, design, and price have popped up everywhere and often.

The Volt has become something of a media-induced tumor, made even more noxious because of GM’s otherwise financially successful 2011. Which effectively means the new Volt “Morning in Hamtramck” ad represents a critical attempt by the company to salvage the Volt’s sinking reputation.

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Dec 20, 2011
Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi Delivers First i-Miev

Well this feels like a replay of December 2010. In that month, Chevy and Nissan launched their respective mass-market e-vehicles within days of each other. In December 2011, the next two highly anticipated mass-market EVs are both making headlines. Ford began production on the Focus Electric on Wednesday and Mitsubishi delivered its first i-Miev a day later.

The event wasn’t in California, where EV launches tend to be, but on the beautiful island of Hawaii. Mitsubishi representatives joined by Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercombie delivered the very first 2012 i-Miev to Bryson and Bridget Nishimura of Waipahu, Hawaii. The event was held at the Hawaiian State Capitol Building in Honolulu.

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Dec 13, 2011
Chris Weiss

Despite Fires, 2012 Chevy Volt Is Still A Five-Star Safety Pick

Though it’s been on the hot seat for potential fire issues of late, the Chevy Volt is still one of the safest cars on the road according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Volt renewed its five-star safety rating from the agency for the 2012 model year.

Interestingly, the NHTSA’s designation comes at a time when the agency is investigating about 5,000 Volt models for a potential safety hazard. That hazard relates directly to crashes–the battery may become damaged in a crash, leading to fire. The investigation was launched after a Volt caught fire in the garage of an NHTSA testing facility.

Chevy says that its own internal tests over the past two years have indicated no fire hazard.

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Dec 8, 2011
Chris Weiss

Cadillac ELR Will Be FWD, Not RWD

Over the summer, GM confirmed that it will be building a production car based on the Cadillac Converj concept. The ELR will essentially be a luxury Volt. Some murmurs recently indicated that one of the factors that will distinguish it from the Volt is a rear-wheel drive platform. No way, says a GM source.

Auto News released a report indicating that the ELR should use a RWD platform to properly differentiate itself from the Chevy Volt. The logic was that if GM really wanted to build a luxury car based on Volt technology, it would need to provide a very strong argument for the extra money involved in buying a Caddy over a Chevy. That argument should include RWD, according to AN’s Rick Kranz.

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Nov 23, 2011
Peter C Sessler

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced Under $26,000

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The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco midsize sedan will start at $25,995 when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter next year, reinforcing the value proposition of the midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate. It delivers hybrid-like fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid-like price.

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Nov 19, 2011
Dave Walter

Jay Leno Drives His Volt 11,000 Miles Without Refueling

Despite its 40 mile electric range, Jay Leno has managed to drive 11,000 miles in his Chevy Volt without refueling once in the 11 months he’s owned it.

“They gave it to me with a full tank of gas. I’ve used less than half of that, ” says the Leno. “It’s my daily driver… I commute in it to work every day. My commute, and all my other daily running around, totals less than 35 miles.”

Read more about Leno and his Volt at The New York Times.

Nov 1, 2011
Dave Walter

Living with the Chevy Volt: 1,000 miles, 11 gallons and a lot of fun

A Chevy Volt owner shares his experience with his new Volt and compares it to driving a Toyota Prius. Via Auto Blog Green

The 2012 Chevy Volt you see above is a little different from those that have been poked, photographed, and test driven on this page in the past. First, this one is a little dusty, with 1,000 miles on its plug-in hybrid power train. This one is also a 2012, with some subtle changes from the 2011 version. However, the biggest difference between this Chevy Volt and others seen on this site is that this one is sitting in my driveway.

This is my Volt, picked up two weeks ago as one of the first available in my area. For 2012, Chevy made available the color “Summit White,” also known as just plain old white. Since the Volt has lots of thick black accents, I went with the white thinking NASA, Space Shuttle and Saturn V. As it turns out, everyone who has seen the car has immediately mentioned Star Wars and Stormtroopers. That works, too. For the interior, I reversed the scheme of the outside, picking the bright white accents on black leather (a new combo for 2012). It’s not exactly the most subtle car in the world, but I like it.

I traded in my much-beloved 2004 Toyota Prius for this latest bit of automotive kit, which I know is bound to raise some voices in protest. After all, the Prius had brought me more than 100,000 miles of 50+ mpg, worry-free driving, so trading it away doesn’t represent a big (if any) net gain for the environment. However, it’s not as if my Prius is about to become a paperweight. Someone else will take over driving that car, while I take advantage of the temporary government kickback to do just what such incentives are intended to do: support bringing new technology to the marketplace. According to GM, more than 10 percent of new Volt owners have traded in an existing hybrid, which is pretty much what you would expect. Few people currently driving Hummers are likely to think of the Volt as their obvious next purchase.