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Germany slow on electric cars

BERLIN, July 29 (UPI) -- Germany, the grand car nation, is lagging behind when it comes to designing tomorrow's green cars.
GM vice chairman to appear on 'Letterman'

GM vice chairman to appear on 'Letterman'

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Bob Lutz, vice chairman of the U.S. automaker General Motors, has agreed to make his first appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS announced Monday.

Report: GM asks for auto development loan

DETROIT, April 3 (UPI) -- Struggling General Motors Corp. is asking the government for a $2.6 billion loan to develop three new alternative vehicles, sources told the Detroit Free Press.

GM looking for boost from Spark

DETROIT, March 3 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. is showing off its little Spark in Geneva, Switzerland, this week in hopes the subcompact will ignite interest among car buyers.

GM will launch battery production

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S.-based General Motors will begin producing batteries for a new electric car.

GM using Volt to help land bailout

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. is using its new Chevrolet Volt hybrid car as one of its main selling points in trying to land a federal bailout, industry observers say.

Volt may get 100 miles per gallon rating

DETROIT, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. said Friday an agreement with U.S. regulators could tag its Chevrolet Volt with a fuel economy rating of 100 miles per gallon.

GM picks Flint, Mich., for new plant

FLINT, Mich., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. said Thursday it would construct a $370 million production plant in Flint, Mich., to build engines for the Chevrolet Volt.

Report: Chrysler to unveil electric car

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Detroit automaker Chrysler, facing bankruptcy speculation and criticism for a lack of exciting products, will unveil an electric car next week, sources say.

GM unveils electric car

DETROIT, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. Tuesday unveiled its new electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, which it said will go on sale in 2010.

GM sees electric, other cars sharing parts

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. hopes to launch a family of electric vehicles sharing mainstream GM parts, its vice chairman said in Germany Tuesday.

GM plans hybrid battery

DETROIT, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- General Motors says it plans to develop lithium-ion battery cells with A123Systems to power GM hybrid electric drive vehicles.

Google searching for hybrid car

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. search engine Google said it is jumping on the electric vehicle development bandwagon by offering grants and seeking applications to develop the hybrid.

2 firms making li-ion Chevy Volt batteries

WILMINGTON, Del., June 5 (UPI) -- Two U.S. companies are developing lithium-ion batteries for General Motors Corp.'s planned plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, Chairman Rick Wagoner said Tuesday.

Concept cars shine at Detroit auto show

DETROIT, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A series of featured concept cars took center stage this weekend when the annual North American International Auto Show began at Detroit's Cobo Center.
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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.

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