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The 2016 Cadillac ELR won’t out-sprint a Tesla Model S, but General Motors’ now-quicker luxury 2+2 makes it another kind of upscale alternative to the Chevy Volt. With gasoline assist, the compact coupe using an upgrade to the 2015 Volt’s powertrain can now hustle to a respectable 6.4-second 0-60 time, and somewhere in the 7s […]

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The 2016 Chevy Volt and 2016 Toyota Prius are alike in some ways, unalike in others, but which one would make the most sense for you? To answer that question, stop and ask what are you trying to accomplish? Both cars in this East-meets-West matchup are presented as solutions that approach a problem from very […]

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If a photo of the GM Workbench ordering system proprietary to Chevy dealers is correct, next-generation Chevrolet Volt production is delayed in 39 states until February 2016. We say “next-generation” Volt and not 2016, because it appears there will be no 2016 model year at all made available to buyers outside of 11 states that […]

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For the past several years the public and media have had their hands full grappling with overlapping terms for electrified vehicles – and just when we were all getting comfortable with a century old lexicon focused on fuel from “fossils” and the power of the “horse.” Fossil fuels and horsepower don’t appear to be on […]

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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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Actually, there are more than only 10 reasons to be encouraged that the electrification of transportation has a bright future. This round up however is in case anyone has any doubt after we gave a sober look at what yet gives critics breathing space to poke at the effort to rely on batteries instead of […]

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Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got. It’s believed this should net an incremental range increase, and might even help MPGe as a similar increase […]

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Mazda has long been fond of the rotary engine and talk of using it as a range extnder has been seen before of the past couple of years. Now the company is believed likely to produce a plug-in hybrid based around a 330 cc (0.33-liter) single rotor Wankel rotary rear mounted in its new Mazda2. […]

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Perhaps you’ve seen VIA Motors’ extended-range electric pickups and vans that are pending launch, and today the company announced it’s debuting a shuttle version of its van. In an interview today, VIA’s Chief Marketing Officer David West said the Utah-based startup will announce the production van specially configured for airport/hotel duty at the ongoing Edison […]

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More likely to be known sooner is whether anonymous reports are correct that General Motors will invest $450 million and add 1,400 new jobs and a second shift to its Detroit-Hamtramck plant which produces the Volt. If so, this should be revealed tomorrow at an Automotive Press Association luncheon, wrote the Detroit News on Saturday, […]

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