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DETROIT, April 5 (UPI) -- A leading U.S. Democratic lawmaker assailed GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney for twice taking a shot at the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car.
Higher gas prices to spur hybrid sales

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DETROIT, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- General Motors said it has restarted production of the electrically powered Chevy Volt after an extended Christmas break.

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Obama tries out electric Volt

Obama tries out electric Volt

DETROIT, July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama took a spin Friday in a Chevy Volt during his visit to Michigan to highlight the recovery of the auto industry.

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Chrysler reaching for alternative power

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 14 (UPI) -- Chrysler LLC is three to five years from bringing electric-powered cars to the U.S. market, a company spokesman said.

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.
Chevy Volt
General Motors showcased its new hybrid plug-in concept car, the Chevrolet Volt, in Washington on July 20, 2007. The Volt can drive up to 40 miles without using any gasoline and is expected to get 50-150 miles per gallon thereafter. (UPI Photo/David Brody)

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The Volt has been on sale in the U.S. market since mid-December 2010, and displaced the Toyota Prius as the most fuel-efficient car sold in the United States.

According to General Motors the Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) solely on electrical power supplied by a 16 kW·h (10.4 kW·h usable) lithium-ion battery; The EPA found in tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the all-electric range averaged 35 miles (56 km), with an energy consumption of 36 kWh per 100 miles (810 kJ/km), and the total range (using battery power first then electricity generated by the on-board gasoline-power generator) is 379 miles (610 km). EPA rated the Volt's combined city/highway fuel economy at 93 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent in all-electric mode, and at 37 mpg-US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg-imp) in gasoline-only mode, for an overall fuel economy rating of 60 mpg-US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg-imp) combined.

The Volt's lithium-ion battery pack can be charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electrical outlet. No external charging station is required. After the Volt battery is depleted, it switches to extended range mode, when a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine burns premium gasoline to power a 55 kW (74 hp) generator supplying the electrical power to extend the Volt's range. In addition, while in extended range mode and travelling at highway speeds, the engine can engage mechanically via a clutch to combine with the electric motors for propulsion. The electrical power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric motor, with the excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of charge (SoC) of the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels.

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