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General Motors has said it will not be caught behind in automotive propulsion electrification, and today it again backed that statement with substantial investments for its Chevrolet Volt and “two future products” yet to be revealed. The company said it will invest $449 million to upgrade processes at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly […]

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While there is not as much to report about the carried-forth 2014 Nissan Leaf as there was in 2013, the big news is the electric car holds a number of distinctions and is carving out a niche in the American automotive landscape. Introduced in December 2010, it was refreshed last year with 11 more miles […]

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If you’re in the market for a new car, could an all-electric model possibly fit the bill? Given yet-modest EV sales in America, undoubtedly many people would answer “no,” or they lack sufficient information to say “yes.” Last month, a national survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists found 25 percent of American households could […]

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Introduced as a concept at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, the first production Chevrolet Volt was sold December 2010, but now and until further notice, its maker classifies it as a “niche” vehicle, and has ceased pushing it as a mass-market car. “It’s not, just like Corvette is not being mass marketed,” said Volt media […]

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Three years after the December 2010 launch of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the U.S. plug-in hybrid and all-electric market has grown to 16 vehicles, including two new models just ramping up, and several more due later this year. 2013 saw sales rise to over 96,000, a number of milestones crossed, but compared to […]

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The U.S. alternative-energy passenger vehicle market has been growing steadily since the first couple of hybrids were launched in 1999 and for 2014 things are really heating up. While petroleum remains by far America’s motive power of choice, the move away from pure gasoline is well underway, and the alternative vehicle count will increase by […]

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Now approaching a year-and-a-half since Tesla’s first Model S rolled off its Fremont, California assembly line, the luxury performance sedan has impacted not just the alternative-energy market, but the entire automotive world. Industry watchers are waiting to see whether the electric car maker can continue as a singular and odds-beating American success story in a […]

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Next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet will have on display a hotrod Tech Performance version of its Spark EV. It won’t go “vroom-vroom” like gas-powered Chevy models also to be there that sport high-flow exhausts, and we’re not sure if the EV will sound like “woosh” either, but Chevrolet is probably […]

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After informally gathering info on the one Tesla Model S fire known thus far to have happened, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will not open a formal investigation into the incident. Earlier this month in Seattle the electric car being driven by its owner on the highway is believed to have […]

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For the month of August Nissan’s Leaf was back in the saddle, smashing through to an all-time U.S. record of 2,420 units sold as the company contemplates its new number one market – Atlanta – in the process. August’s sales are up 253.4 percent compared to the same month last year and they came as […]

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