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Lexus most dependable for 3rd year, new GM chief royalty

Lexus most dependable for 3rd year, new GM chief royalty

Complaints about vehicles with 4-cylinder engines and transmissions led to the first decline in the J.D. Power & Associates yearly dependability study in 15 years.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Automakers, feds tackle drunken driving, Tesla rebounds

Automakers, feds tackle drunken driving, Tesla rebounds

Drunken driving and the holidays, unfortunately, go together like fruit and nuts. The holiday period can be a dangerous time to get around.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Fast-chargers may boost plug-in electrics, LA Auto Show

Fast-chargers may boost plug-in electrics, LA Auto Show

Range anxiety and the extra cost of battery technology remain among the biggest obstacles to wider adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Toyota unveils fuel cell car, Point-click-spend $30,000

Toyota unveils fuel cell car, Point-click-spend $30,000

Toyota, which created the gas-electric Prius, last week rolled out a concept model of its long-awaited fuel cell sedan.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Cadillac ELR joins luxury electric niche

Cadillac ELR joins luxury electric niche

Tesla has proved some people are willing to pay more than $100,000 for an electric car.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
California extends program giving carpool lane rights to hybrids

California extends program giving carpool lane rights to hybrids

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A California program allowing solo drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to drive in high-occupancy carpool lanes has been extended, officials say.
Carmakers look down the road, small car crash tests

Carmakers look down the road, small car crash tests

Results of overlap front crash tests of a dozen small cars by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety were mixed.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Luxury Bentley SUV not for the masses, Ford hiring

Luxury Bentley SUV not for the masses, Ford hiring

Likely inspired by the success of Porsche's Cayenne sport-utility vehicle, England's Bentley Motors has announced plans to build "the world's most powerful SUV."
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Crash tests for Jeeps, fuel cells and a muscle car

Auto safety advocates are calling for government regulators to crash-test older model Jeeps to make sure protective trailer hitches actually protect occupants.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released voluntary guidelines to discourage automakers from installing electronic devices that could create distractions for drivers.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

GM details the EV Spark

DETROIT, Minn., April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. automaker General Motors said its electric car, the Chevrolet Spark, would go 82 miles per charge up, and get the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon.
Recalls, electric cars and sales, oh my

Recalls, electric cars and sales, oh my

Hyundai and Kia, which admitted inflating gas mileage claims, now have a huge recall on their hands.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Carmakers banking on traditional gasoline engines for near future

Carmakers banking on traditional gasoline engines for near future

Of all the new cars and concepts unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit only a handful are all-electric or hybrids.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Japanese cars best in resale value, teen texting study scary

Japanese cars best in resale value, teen texting study scary

New Japanese autos are at the top of the heap in resale value five years after they are sold, with the U.S.-built Jeep Wrangler also making the list.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

Is California the trend-setter: Prius No. 1

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Auto Data Corp. which keeps track of automotive statistics from sales to promotions, said the Toyota Prius has become the bestselling vehicle in California, the nation's single largest vehicle market.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
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Chevrolet Volt
General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens holds the 2011 North American Car of the Year trophy for the Chevrolet Volt at the awards ceremony Monday, January 10, 2011 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. UPI/John F. Martin/Chevrolet
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The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by General Motors. The Volt has been on sale in the U.S. market since mid-December 2010, and is the most fuel-efficient compact car sold in the United States, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to General Motors the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) on its lithium-ion battery alone. The EPA official all-electric range is 35 miles (56 km), and the total range is 379 miles (610 km). The EPA rated the Volt's combined city/highway fuel economy at 93 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPG-e) in all-electric mode, and at 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in gasoline-only mode, for an overall combined gas-electric fuel economy rating of 60 mpg-US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg-imp) equivalent (MPG-e). The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its plug-in battery capacity is depleted; at which point its gasoline engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle's range. The Volt's regenerative braking also contributes to the on-board electricity generation. In order to improve performance, the internal combustion engine may at times be engaged mechanically to assist both electric motors to propel the Volt.

The suggested retail price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in the U.S. starts at US$40,280 before the US$7,500 U.S. federal tax credit and additional incentives are available in some locations. The 2012 Volt base price will be US$1,005 less than the 2011 model, as the base configuration has been defeatured. The 2011 Volt is being sold only in selected U.S. markets and nationwide availability of the 2012 model year is expected by November 2011. The 2012 Volt will be available in Canada in the third quarter of 2011, and the suggested retail price starts at CAD 41,545 (US$43,568) before any available rebates. The initial Canadian launch is also limited to selected markets and availability in the rest of Canada is expected before the end of 2012. In the Eurozone the Volt platform will be sold as the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, and is expected to be sold for about €42,900 (US$58,000) including VAT before any government incentives. In the United Kingdom the Vauxhall Ampera is expected to be priced at GB£33,995. Exports to Europe and China are scheduled for late 2011.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Chevrolet Volt."
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