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Citing demand and oversupply issues, General Motors is idling the factory making four different car models, including the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will experience a reduction in vehicle output starting next Friday, Oct. 20. This will lead into a month-long wind down of production, culminating in a full shutdown on Nov. […]

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To help explain the driving force behind a spate of new EV announcements, one need only look towards the world’s largest car market – China. With passenger car sales somewhere north of 22 million units, the Chinese market is truly gigantic. To put it in perspective, the sum of last year’s growth nearly outstripped the Australian […]

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Out of the 20 plug-in hybrids now for sale in the U.S., the Toyota Prius Prime and Chevrolet Volt stand heads above, but which will sell better is an open question. Through July this year, the Prime, which rolled out nationally this year, sits as last month’s top seller with 1,645 July sales, and its […]

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Word has it that General Motors is mulling whether to discontinue the Chevrolet Volt in 2020 and replace it in 2022 with a crossover-style variant, but would this be desirable? According to Reuters, which cited “people familiar with the plans,” the Volt is one of six presumably under-selling vehicles the automaker is thinking about canceling. […]

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General Motors has been tapping into engineering experience that goes back to astronauts driving its Lunar Rover on the moon. GM’s Chevrolet brand paid tribute Thursday to engineers who’d designed the all-electric Lunar Rover. It had been driven by Apollo 15 astronauts on the moon during a trip there in July 1971. It may be […]

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With calendar year 2017 half way over, U.S. plug-in electrified sales are at an all time high. From January through June, sales for most models are up, and a couple new models to the top-five roster have helped with the total. As of the end of June, the U.S. has purchased 87,307 plug-in electrified vehicles […]

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At the year’s half-way mark, the Volt is maintaining a 1,240-unit lead over the Toyota Prius Prime in U.S. sales. June saw 1,745 Volts delivered for a total 10,932 for the year. The Prime in the same month saw 1,619, and the car which had been rolling out this spring tallies at 9,692. The Volt’s […]

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The all-electric range provided by a plug-in hybrid is the biggest reason to buy one, but that did not stop Kelley Blue Book from naming a 25-mile range Toyota over a 53-mile range Chevrolet. For the 2017 list of “5 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000,” Toyota’s Prius Prime took top honors over the runner […]

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Ranking as the cumulatively best-selling plug-in electrified in the U.S., the Chevrolet Volt is crossing a 100,000 unit milestone. Also the first PEV to undergo a complete redesign, and now in its second generation, the extended-range EV may have quietly sold its 100,000th example this past weekend. As of June, the tally since launch was […]

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The long-awaited VLF Destino is finally seeing first deliveries to owners – with one of them being Bob Lutz. Along with being a champion of the Chevy Volt while formerly serving as General Motors’ vice chair, Lutz has been a founding partner of VLF Automotive. The Destino has come out of a partnership between Lutz, […]

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