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2013 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet has taken an aggressive tack to move units of its revolutionary Volt, selling a fair number to government agencies, offering really fantastic lease deals and marketing the hell out of the car. After a week of driving (and generally enjoying) the 2013 iteration of the extended-range hatchback, I tend to think that customers should just take advantage of the current confluence of market forces rather than bemoaning the larger state of affairs with General Motors as a whole. After all, one of the biggest knocks on the Volt has always been that its MSRP is too high, a fact that... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.4L I4, 111 kW Motor
Power:
149 HP / 368 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single Speed
MSRP:
$42,780 (as tested)
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    Next Chevy Volt will be 2016 model and ride on new chassis
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    What do we know about the 2016 Chevy Volt? Well, for now, all we can do is try to put the puzzle together without the box. Thankfully, a new batch of pieces has arrived from a new report in Edmunds, which says that the 2016 model year will introduce the second generation of a car that hasn't been dramatically updated since it went on sale in 2010. The new ...

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    Nissan Leaf sales up again in February, Chevy Volt dips deeper
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    Nissan managed to buck the industry's overall trend of lower sales in February with double-digit growth throughout its lineup. That includes a 12th month of record sales for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, with the year-over-year numbers up more than a skosh. The February ledger for the Chevy Volt looked much worse, falling 25.6 percent from February ...

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    Bob Lutz named chairman at Via Motors
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    Bob Lutz is staying very busy. The ex-vice chairman of General Motors, and champion of the Chevrolet Volt, has been named chairman of the board at Via Motors. Lutz will need to squeeze that in between his role as senior advisor at vehicle interior designer Katzkin, being an owner at VL Automotive and perhaps as an advisor to Wanxiang and Fisker ...

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    Chevy up to old EVs-equal-range-anxiety tricks in new Volt Olympics ad
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    General Motors is at it again with a new Chevrolet Volt TV commercial. Viewers of the Winter Olymics (at least in some markets) recently saw a TV ad in between the skating and the skiing that made no mention of the environmental benefits or freedom from the power of Big Oil that electric vehicles provide. No, this one was based on pure survival ...

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    Nissan Leaf sales get January jump as Chevy Volt trends downward
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    The cold January sales dip hit both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt last month, but when compared 2014 to 2013's first-month-of-the-year sales totals, one of the two early plug-in vehicles obviously came out on top. The top Leaf market also shifted away from Atlanta for the first time in months. Last year, the Leaf sold just 650 units in January, ...

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    2015 Chevy Volt will be available with 4G LTE
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    General Motors teased consumers two years ago when it showed off a Chevrolet Volt decked out with 4G LTE connectivity. More details were finally unveiled this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2015 Chevy Volt will have a 4G LTE option and will offer consumers an as-yet-unpriced option with much faster wireless internet connection ...

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    Personal testimonies show real-world effect of plugging in with Chevy Volt
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    At this point, there are tens of thousands of individual stories about what it's like to live with a Chevrolet Volt. But it also remains informative to take a look at one of these in depth. For example, one Atlanta-area Volt owner says he's cut his cents-per-mile ownership costs by almost 40 percent compared to his previous car primarily because of his ...

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    Chevy Volt replacement battery cost varies wildly, up to $34,000
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    There's a growing hubbub in the plug-in vehicle community over what looks like some ridiculously cheap replacement batteries for the Chevrolet Volt going up for sale. GM Parts Online, for example, is selling a replacement Volt battery with an MSRP of $2,994.64 but, with an online discount, the price comes down to $2,305.88. For the 16-kWh pack in the 2012 ...

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    2013 Green Car Sales: Signs of a Maturing Market
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    Despite a late-year slowdown in US green-car sales growth, Americans in 2013 snatched up hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and diesels at a rate that would make most industries envious. Automakers sold 664,222 green cars in the US last year, up 21 percent from 2012. Those numbers include the all-electric Model S from Tesla Motors. ...

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    December 2013: Not quite time to panic yet
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    So, the good news in December for green-car advocates as that Nissan Leaf sales continued their gangbuster climb. And Honda picked up some proverbial steam. But that's about it. In all, Americans bought 48,553 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics and diesels last month. US green car sales for December 2013 were 12 percent lower than 2012 ...

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    Nissan Leaf ends 2013 with best sales month ever, but can't catch Chevy Volt
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    Nissan and Chevrolet both ended 2013 with solid sales figures for their plug-in vehicles, the first two that were released (all the way back at the end of 2010) from major automakers. As has been the story for most of 2013, December sales for the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt were roughly the same. When we left the year-to-date running tally at the end ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz says Chevy Volt should've been a truck
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    Bob Lutz knows a thing or two about the Chevy Volt. He was, after all, GM's vice chairman in charge of product development during the Volt's gestation process, widely credited with ushering it into production. But now he says it should have been a truck, not a sedan. Speaking with The Seattle Times, Lutz said General Motors was playing catch-up with the ...

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    Yes, it's totally possible to drive 100+ miles in a Nissan Leaf in freezing cold
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    Plug-in electric vehicle drivers can potentially drive their EVs long distances under extreme weather conditions. The catch is that they have to drastically change their driver behavior. Over the past year, FleetCarma has been collecting data from 7,375 Nissan Leaf trips and 4,043 Chevrolet Volt trips. The best that a Leaf driver was able to get was 106 ...

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    Chevy comes up with Volt mirror modification to stop wind thumping
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    If you're getting annoyed by a 'thumping' noise caused by driving your Chevy Volt with the windows down, there is a fix kit available. One Volt owner in San Diego, CA, was pleased to have the problem solved, allowing him to go back to being a "fresh air fanatic." Dan Wolfson, who writes under the pseudonym "San Diego Vectrix Guy" for EV World, loves his ...

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    Report: Next Chevy Volt to be $30k, 200-mile EV 'moon shot'
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    On page four of a five-page BusinessWeek article entitled "The Inside Story of GM's Comeback and Mary Barra's Rise," there's a single paragraph that mentions General Motors CEO Dan Akerson hinting at "a next generation of electric vehicle.... [A] compact car that can go 200 miles on a charge and carry a generator, too." The article says "it will be ...

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    Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf continue neck-and-neck sales race in November
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    November car sales numbers are trickling in today, and we have basically the same news to report about sales of the two longest-running plug-in vehicles this month as we did last month: people are buying the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt at roughly the same rate. For November, the Leaf managed to come out on top with 2,003 units sold. That compares to ...

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    Study: Survey says $25k barrier is a problem for EVs
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    The majority of consumers are more or less priced out of the market. Electric cars are gaining popularity with the general public, but are they still too expensive? According to a survey 1,084 consumers by Navigant Research, a consulting firm located in Boulder, CO, 71 percent want their next car to cost under $25,000, while 41 percent won't go a cent ...

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    The mystery of the Chevy Volts that go more electric miles than Nissan Leafs
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    When it comes to the country's two most popular plug-in vehicles, a premium-gas-powered security blanket can make the difference of about four all-electric miles a day. That's the crux of the US Department of Energy's EV Project Vehicle Summary Report for the second quarter of 2013 on how drivers use the Chevy Volt (PDF) and Nissan Leaf (PDF). In a ...

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    2013 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees talk CAFE, vehicle electrification
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    In 1939, New York City hosted both the future-gazing New York World's Fair (pictured below) and the founding of what would later become the history-focused Automotive Hall of Fame. The latter's mission, then as now, was to honor and perpetuate the memories of auto industry pioneers. It moved to Washington, DC in 1960, then 11 years later to the Northwood ...

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    October 2013: The Doldrums Continue Edition
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    Anyone hoping September's flatlining of US green-car sales was an aberration will be disappointed. October's numbers are in and they're not much better. With gas prices working their way down from their summertime highs, Americans continued to show tempered enthusiasm for hybrids, plug-ins and diesels, as October green-car sales rose just 4.3 percent from ...

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