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Obama's Auto Task Force Drive Chevy Volt, Visit Ram Plant
Obama's Auto Task Force Drive Chevy Volt, Visit Ram Plant

Today members of President Obama's autos task force head to Detroit to scrutinize GM and Chrysler's viability plans. A test drive of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and tour of the plant that assembles the 2009 Dodge Ram will provide a chance for the companies to prove they can use fed assistance to...Read More»

Jon Lauckner, VP of Global Program Management at GM
GM, CMU: Who's Right About The Electric Car? (Hint: Neither)

A week ago, Carnegie Mellon University issued a report that said long- and mid-range electric cars are "not cost effective in any scenario". Their rationale? The expense of installing a battery big enough to get 40 miles per charge is never going to pay for itself in fuel savings. Furthermore, just...Read More»

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2010 Opel Ampera: Headshot Unveiled Before Geneva Motor Show

What with all the protests and financial hoo-ha, Friday wasn't Opel's best day. Today, however, the company seems to have regained its footing--or at least it's got the common sense to put its worries aside and focus on what really matters: gussying up for the Geneva Motor Show. In doing so, the...Read More»

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Chevrolet Cruze And Volt 'Family 0' engines Share Space

Yesterday General Motors announced that despite massive cutbacks, it will still be investing $250 million to make the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will power (or help power) the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The catch: no new plant or production facility space will be...Read More»

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GM Paves Way For Chevy Volt Infrastructure At D.C. Auto Show

Yesterday GM announced an initiative at the Washington Auto Show aimed at preparing "early-adopter" cities around the U.S. for plug-in electrics like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Specifically, GM hopes to drum up support from city officials and raise public awareness of the benefits of and concessions...Read More»

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Feuding Over Powder From South America: Sound Familiar?

Nearly half of the world's supply of lithium lies within desert salt mines in Bolivia. As demand for lithium ramps up quickly, driven by promising lithium-ion automotive battery technology in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, the quest for trade deals with Bolivia becomes increasingly political...Read More»

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GM Responds Thoughtfully To California Waiver

Falling short of praise for the Obama Administration's dedication to carefully review California's requested waiver to go around - and exceed - the EPA's emissions and consumption mandates, GM issued a statement yesterday claiming it is "ready to engage" the administration and Congress in the...Read More»

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Opel Not Left Out of the Volt Race

digg_url = 'http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1017988_opel-not-left-out-of-the-volt-race'; GM's well-oiled press machine looks like it's putting in overtime--this photo of an "Opel Ampera" just crossed the wires, and if our past experience with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt holds true, the...Read More»

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GM Calls Internal Combustion Engine 'Simply Not Sustainable'

On its Fast Lane Blog, General Motors makes the bold claim that the internal combustion engine will ultimately go the way of the horse and buggy, calling it "simply not sustainable." Larry Burns, GM vice president for R&D, quickly makes the point that high development costs of electric...Read More»

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GM To Make Its Own Batteries

For as long as your author can remember, General Motors (as well as Ford and Chrysler) always held at least two press conferences during the Detroit Auto Show. Sunday conferences were usually reserved for concept cars. Monday conferences normally featured production fare. During these slimmer...Read More»

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Michigan Breaks for Batteries

Remember the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture--you know, that think tank/prototyping coaltion we told you about a couple of weeks back? Of course you do. Well, if Governor Jennifer Granholm and her esteemed colleagues in the Michigan legislature have their way...Read More»

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2011 Chevrolet Volt: First Production Photos

These photos of the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt have been released on a media information Web site. The pictures of the production Volt show all the details we've been bringing you for the past months--along with the GM engineers in charge of developing the vehicle. We'll be talking to those...Read More»

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Movie Shoot Leaks 2011 Chevrolet Volt

You're looking at what could be the production version of the Chevrolet Volt, at long last. The Transformers Live Blog site capture these pics--and the video below--that contain photos of a car labeled "Volt." Autoblog's also stripped stills from the video that show more details of the car. The...Read More»

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GM Leaks More Pics of 2011 Chevrolet Volt

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is being revealed, slowly but surely, sketch by video by Webisode by photo--and these are the latest driblets in the GM PR machine's steady leak of Volt information. The sketches are said to show the production front end and tail of the 2011 Volt, the plug-in hybrid that GM...Read More»

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Is Chrysler Charging into EV Segment?

Is Chrysler getting charged up about electric vehicles? That's the word going around in Detroit this week, as the automakers confirms published reports that it is working up a line of extended-range EVs, often referred to as plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, or PHEVs. Chrysler has taken its share...Read More»

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Volt No Salvation, Warns GM

Don't count on the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid to deliver significant corporate fuel economy gains, General Motors is warning federal regulators. Though the automaker claims Volt will be able to run up to 40 miles on battery power, then get as much as 150 mpg when its gasoline engine kicks in, GM...Read More»

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Breaking Wind? Bubble Cars and Aero Trucks

After being put into suspended animation following a botched operation, Woody Allen wakes up centuries in the future - as a wanted man. Looking to escape, he steals an aerodynamic bubble car in one of the most memorable scenes from the film Sleeper. For decades, the image shown above has resurfaced...Read More»

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GM's "Very Difficult" Transformation

In technical terms, they’re called “strategic initiatives.” But for practical purposes, the wide range of changes General Motors has announced this morning amounts to nothing less than a wholesale transformation of the giant automaker – and an admission that the truck-based...Read More»

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Prius Tops 1 Million

What began as little more than a technical curiosity has moved solidly into the mainstream. Toyota Motor Co. just sold its 1 millionth Prius, the world’s first mass-market hybrid-electric vehicle. Introduced in 1997 in Japan and two years later in the United States, the Prius is Toyota’s...Read More»

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