Chevy sold 7,671 electric Volts last year, short of its expectation of 10,000. The car has gotten tons of publicity, but that hasn't translated into booming sales.
After a NHTSA investigation revealed the cause of a fire in a crash-tested Chevy Volt, GM set up a program to reinforce the batteries and coolant systems for previously sold cars.
It is not a recall, but a customer satisfaction program, according to GM. The company will be contacting the approximately 8,000 Chevy Volt owners to arrange a time for the modifications.
GM will add metal brackets to the car's underbody, designed to help prevent a break in the battery casing during a side impact crash. It will also add a sensor that shows when battery coolant is low, and another bracket to prevent overfilling the coolant reservoir. … Read more
General Motors reported solid growth in vehicle sales this year, but its high-profile electric Chevy Volt fell short of targets.
The company reported today that it sold 7,671 Chevy Volts in 2011, fewer than the 10,000 it had expected to sell. There were more than 1,500 Volts sold in December, the best month since the car was launched in late 2010.
Sales of the Volt have been closely watched as a barometer both for uptake of electric vehicles and GM's financial health.
Buyers receive a $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an electric car with … Read more
Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt may have gotten most of the attention this year but electric motorcycles also turned heads.
The year also brought innovations such as an electric vehicle that you can also use to power your house. SmartPlanet takes a look back at the evolution of EVs in 2011.
This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "Electric vehicles: 2011's hottest headlines."
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The auto giant yesterday reported that it sold 1,139 Chevy Volts in November, bringing its total to date to 6,142. That means, barring a massive purchase by a fleet owner, GM will miss its first-year goal of selling 10,000 electrically driven Volts, a target the company now expects to hit early next year. (Nissan has sold 8,720 all-electric Leafs.)
Detractors will no doubt say first-year Volt sales prove that electric vehicles are not ready for … Read more
The Chevrolet Volt may be facing a lot of heat in the press due to the recent NHTSA investigation, but current owners have nothing but good things to say about their plug-in hybrids.
Consumer Reports says that the Chevrolet Volt scored the highest rating in their annual owner satisfaction survey, with 93 percent of buyers saying they would purchase the vehicle again. The four-seater plug-in hybrid with a 40-mile electric range edged out the Dodge Challenger and Porsche 911 to take the top spot on the list. Both sports cars boast a consumer satisfaction score of 91.
However, the product … Read more
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday opened a formal investigation into the safety of the battery packs in the Chevy Volt following a series of collision tests.
In three tests since May, the NHTSA has found that damage to the Volt's battery resulted in a fire after a side collision and a rotation of 180 degrees, a test meant to simulate impact with a pole or tree followed by a rollover. In each case, the line which carries coolant to the batteries was ruptured.
In the initial test, battery temperatures rose following the simulated crash and rollover, … Read more
The Chevy Volt gets the feds look at the safety of all electric cars, Nissan makes a fast charge cheaper (sort of), Toyota puts Intel Inside, and Mercedes reworks the lowly windshield wiper.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 242
Chevy's new Sonic model sips gas and shows that an economy car does not have to feel cheap.
Bloodthirsty competition in the small-car market is giving consumers excellent value. The Sonic is Chevy's attempt to keep up with the competition.
Features such as iPod integration and a Bluetooth phone system make the Sonic worth looking at, but it falls a little short when compared with other cars in its class. Most of its edge comes from OnStar, the included telematics system that can provide navigation, emergency services, and even stolen car recovery.
An optional turbocharged engine, complemented by a six-speed manual, helps the Sonic achieve impressive fuel economy.