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Today General Motors revealed the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt will receive a substantially improved Voltec powertrain providing better efficiency and performance. The system pioneered in the first-generation Volt introduced December 2010 has been entirely re-thought, and updates have been made to improve battery chemistry, T-pack configuration, electric drive components and range-extending gas-powered generator. A higher […]

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Having started from zero last decade, global acceptance of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVS) is speeding up and in just the past four months the number grew by 20 percent to 600,000 vehicles sold. This counts only the top-10 countries and their purchases of primarily passenger-oriented, highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Of these around […]

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Launched in December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt fleet has driven more than 1 billion total miles, with close to two-thirds of this without using gasoline in all-electric mode. The Volt’s Web site ticker keeps track based on most, but not all, of the cars’ data via OnStar, and to date close to 33 million gallons […]

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When counting the number of automakers that currently offer plug-in hybrids for sale in the U.S., one could view the glass as half empty or half full. Half-empty portrayals have said progress has come slower than some anticipated since 2011 when the new powertrain type began with one model – the extended-range Chevrolet Volt. The […]

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When the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was developed from 2007-2011, GM prided itself on its “transparency” but today it posted a press release touting how it conceals the development of that plug-in car’s successor. “The styling of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets,” said Chevrolet communications in reference to its […]

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A report has it that Opel will cease offering the Ampera after next year’s redesign of the Chevrolet Volt upon which the Ampera is based. Following abysmal sales, the word given by two “people familiar with the matter” to Automotive News Europe confirms again 2016 is the year for the next-gen Volt, but the Ampera […]

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Updates to the 2015 Chevy Volt include minor things like interior and exterior color choices, WiFi connectivity, and … an unannounced upgrade to the propulsion battery to 17.1 kilowatt-hours – up from 16.5. The extended-range electric Volt was launched December 2010 as a 2011 model with a 16.0-kwh pack rated at 35 miles electric range, […]

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A UC Davis study published in April showed that a good third to almost 60 percent of California plug-in vehicle (PEV) purchases are primarily motivated by solo access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – which can become congested at times. California is the leader in PEV acceptance, and policymakers adopting a carrot-and-stick approach of […]

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Amidst talks of recalls and settlements, General Motors posted its best June earnings since 2007, and of these, sold 1,777 Chevy Volts. That put the carmaker down 34.1 percent compared to June 2013, and contrasts with Nissan’s Leaf being up 5.5 percent for the same period. The Volt has been holding steady at this lower […]

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If you could have your wish, what would you like to see General Motors do to make the next Chevrolet Volt better? According to the automaker which recently polled its owners, the top requests are a lower price, a fifth seat space in back, and longer all-electric range. GM has begun shipping 2015 Volts but […]

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