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GM Finally ‘Commits’ to Diesel

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GM executives announced this week that they would bring out several more clean diesel models in the near future, noting that the clean burning fuel could power 10 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2020. Steve Kiefer, VP of Global Powertrain for GM, told a recent industry audience, “The Chevrolet Cruze [...]

Breaking News: 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS

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Official word from GM is that the next-generation Chevy Volt will appear at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in Jan. 2015. The event will mark the model’s global debut. The company has also revealed that its fresh-faced EV will feature more technology than the car’s predecessor. Industry analysts think the new Volt will eventually be [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big

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GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

Volt, Leaf, Tesla July Sales ‘All Good News’

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July was a positive month for plug-in kings Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The extended-range electric vehicle Volt sold 2,020 units to best last July by 13 percent. Tesla Motors, a company that only makes electric luxury cars, announced that it is selling 2,500 vehicles per month on average. For Nissan, the news was even [...]

Breaking News: Chevy Volt ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named Chevy Volt “Top Safety Pick Plus,” based on the most recent round of IIHS testing. Of the dozen small cars involved in the tests, Volt was the only one equipped with a forward collision warning system, which is capable of alerting a driver that the [...]

‘Secret’ Plan for Chevy Sonic EV?

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If industry buzz is correct, Chevrolet is seriously considering an all-electric Sonic for its 2016 lineup. Currently, Chevy sells the Spark EV, Volt EREV, and Cadillac ELR, which is also an extended-range EV. Battery-maker LG Chem manufacturers the lithium-ion packs for Volt and will presumably do the same for the prospective Sonic EV, a car [...]

Surprise! 2014 Clean Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent

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Data released this week reveals that clean diesel vehicle sales in the U.S. shot up 25 percent from January to the end of June 2014. Analysts say the biggest surprise in the stats is that overall U.S. car sales only increased 4.2 percent during the same six-month period. In fact, of the 48 months since [...]

June: Big Month for Ford Fusion Energi

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Final sales figures for June delivered a surprise in the hybrid plug-in segment, with Ford’s Fusion Energi outselling major competitors Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. Ford reported that its flagship plug-in sold 1,939 units during June, marking the car’s best month ever. Video: FFEnergi’s Competitor View a detailed review of Ford Fusion Energi’s primary [...]

Volt-Leaf Sales Race: June Results

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Nissan’s all-electric Leaf outsold the range-extended EV Chevy Volt for the month of June. Chevy tallied its best month of 2014, so far, for the vaunted Volt, logging 1,777 units sold. However, that was not enough to beat out the Leaf, which sold 2,347 units of its trendy EV during June. Range Secrets: 2015 Nissan [...]

GM Reveals: 63 Percent of All Volt Miles Electric

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General Motors revealed this week that company data shows Chevy Volt owners drive 63 percent of all miles on electric power alone. While that number was higher than expected, GM also pointed out that a significant number of Volt drivers report getting well above the “official” 35-miles-per-charge range, even in harsh conditions. The Detroit automaker [...]

Chevy Volt: 500,000,000 Electric Miles So Far

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Chevrolet announced this week that drivers of the Volt have traveled a grand total of a half-billion miles on electric power alone. The extended-range EV first arrived in showrooms toward the end of 2010, and in less than three years, according to GM, Volt drivers in the U.S. have saved about 25 million gallons of [...]

Top Diesel and Hybrid States are…

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Recent data from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that diesel car registrations grew by 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, while hybrid sales did even better, posting a 64 percent jump for the same time period. On U.S. roads today, the diesel population stands at 7 million vehicles and the hybrid count comes in at [...]

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