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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally tested the second-generation Chevrolet Volt. Although the Chevrolet Volt was redesigned for the 2016 model year, IIHS didn’t test it until now as part of a testing program of electric vehicles. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt earned good ratings across-the-board for crashworthiness, and its performance in the […]

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Last month the 500,000th plug-in electrified vehicle was sold in the United States. Counting all plug-in hybrid and battery electric passenger vehicles back to 2008, the tally of leased and purchased PEVs through the end of August now make the U.S. the second major market after Europe to have crossed this milestone. Europe, which last […]

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Chevrolet Volt sales at 2,081 sold were on pace last month with previous months this year, and the same is true of the Spark EV with 292 sold. Compared to August of last year, the Volt was up by 50.8 percent, but August 2016’s number was not enough to match 2,406 sales in July 2016, […]

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Contrary to any rumor anyone may have heard, there are no plans for a Chevy Volt EV, or the Bolt EV being sold in Korea, or even that the Korean co-engineered Bolt should be called the “LG Bolt.” No, while GM is otherwise still mum on key details like the U.S. EPA-rated range for the […]

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Although media reports periodically focus on relatively low sales for plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), a few standout models are selling in numbers respectable even next to much-better established non-plug-in hybrids. The regular, non-plug-in hybrid market has had 16 years in the U.S. to get underway and today the two top sellers – the Toyota Prius […]

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If you are one of those who’ve not been sufficiently attracted to an all-electric car, last month 7,762 other Americans thought differently. That was the number of U.S. consumers who went all the way from thinking about it, to signing on the dotted line, to whirring away in a shiny new EV. U.S. sales from […]

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As true in any competition, many contenders may vie, but only one can be the champion. And, now that the Rio Olympic games are underway, we thought we’d score another game with arguably higher stakes than gold, silver or bronze – the race by automakers to propel society away from excessive petroleum usage and climate […]

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Some people have had a hard time getting their minds wrapped around the notion of plug-in hybrids, but one way to think of them is like a hybrid on steroids. A non-plug-in hybrid, such as a Toyota Prius, always needs gas and its electric motor drive is only a part-time helper. A plug-in hybrid however […]

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The Chevy Volt notched above recent months’ around-1,900-unit sales level to 2,406 units in July, its best month this year and 83.2 percent better than July 2015’s 1,313 units. Prior to this, a best month in recent history was August 2014, in which 2,511 were sold. Helping things along, said automotive analyst Alan Baum, was […]

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Today Chevrolet announced its 100,000th Chevy Volt has been sold in the United States. As reported last week by HybridCars.com, the tally is for all Volts sold since the extended-range EV’s launch in December 2010. For its part, Chevrolet took opportunity to tout the car’s 53-mile EV range, according to EPA estimation, and total 420-mile […]

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