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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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    Tesla's Musk gives a big 'meh' to Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt
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    What, you thought Elon Musk was going to sing the praises of other plug-in vehicles? Nope, the Tesla Motors CEO didn't disappoint in a recent interview with Bloomberg News, offering a "meh" when it came to his opinion of models such as the Nissan Leaf EV and Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in. The interview came on the heels of the Tesla Model S ...

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    Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf use one idea in two very different ads
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    In May 2011, Nissan and Renault took the idea of gas-powered everything and ran with it in a moderately funny commercial for the Leaf EV that poked fun at the idea of using gasoline to power our everyday electronic devices. Immediately afterward, General Motors had an unofficial reply (a snide Tweet) that made fun of Nissan for ignoring the benefits of ...

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    2014 Chevy Volt $5,000 price cut pushed along by Internet searches
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    Turns out, the recent $5,000 price drop on the 2014 Chevy Volt wasn't just a reaction to the rapidly dropping prices of plug-in vehicles all over the place. Instead, it was a carefully calculated response to the way we use the Internet. So, good job everyone. Turns out, people searching for cars online tend to search more for cars under $35,000. While ...

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    Chevy Volt gets $5,000 price drop in Canada, too
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    See, Americans are not so different from Canadians. In fact, when we take a look at the 2014 Chevy Volt, we're exactly the same ... in our price drops anyway. Just as the US 2014 Volt got a $5,000 price drop last week, Chevrolet Canada has announced that the Volt up north will see a similar reduction. Sorry, the same price reduction. In the US, the 2014 ...

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    Report: Opel 3-cyl headed for 2016 Chevy Volt?
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    The Chevrolet Volt could be in for a significant redo in the next 18 to 24 months, according to a report from Automotive News. When the new model comes on line in late 2015 or early 2016, besides the regular spate of interior and exterior styling tweaks, the next Volt could feature a three-cylinder engine under its aerodynamic hood. While AN thinks it's ...

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    Report: Akerson looking for 20 percent more range from next-gen Chevy Volt [w/video]
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    The Chevrolet Volt's 38-mile electric range leaves something to be desired, despite being able to run nonstop for hundreds more miles when the range-extending gasoline generator kicks in. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has recognized this and let slip that he wants to see the next-generation Volt get a significant electric-range increase, Bloomberg ...

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    Official: Chevy lops $5,000 off price of 2014 Volt
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    In a similar move as the Nissan Leaf earlier in the year, Chevrolet has announced that it will cut the starting price of the 2014 Volt by around $5,000. For its fourth year on the market, the Volt will now have a starting price of $34,995 (*including $810 for destination), but there is no word yet as to when the new model year goes on sale. This new ...

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    Troubled LG Chem battery plant finally making Chevy Volt batteries
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    It's been a long road, but the LG Chem battery plant in Holland, MI has finally started making lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt. As promised, the first production packs were made in July and are currently "settling" (a process that li-ion batteries need to go through) and will be delivered to General Motors in "late September or early October," ...

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    Report: Akerson calls for GM tech to stymie Tesla
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    Electric vehicle maker Tesla has had some good days lately as sales of the Model S have exceeded expectations as much as the company's profits, thanks in no small part to innovative thinking that has resulted in mass sales of ZEV credits to other manufacturers, free charging stations, 90-second battery swaps and manufacturer-owned dealerships. All of this ...

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    GM ready to double production of vehicles that get 40+ mpg
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    General Motors is planning to be twice as nice to the environment four years from now when it comes to producing high-MPG vehicles. The US automaker recently spelled out its green goals in its sustainability report and notably predicted that it would double the number of vehicles it makes that get at least 40 miles per gallon (highway) by 2017. That means ...

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    2014 Chevy Volt price to be announced in August, keeping 16.5-kWH battery
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    There are no changes in the Volt's 16.5-kWh battery capacity between the 2013 and 2014 model years For those waiting with bated breath on news of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, consider this a case of one step up, and possibly two steps back. Chevy parent General Motors confirmed that details about the '14 Volt will be revealed in August, both Hybrid Cars ...

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    June green-car sales jump 35% over 2012 numbers
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    June marked the second-fastest year-over-year growth rate for US green car sales for 2013 so far and helped put sales of green vehicles – pure electrics, hybrids and diesels – for the first half of the year about 19 percent ahead of 2012 levels. Americans bought 57,614 advanced-powertrain vehicles last month, up 35 percent from June 2012. Only ...

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    2014 Chevy Volt starts production July 15, offers dark new colors
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    Electric Francophiles looking to continue their July 14 Bastille Day festivities might be comforted to know that the party can run right into the following day when General Motors will celebrate the first 2014 Chevrolet Volt models rolling off the assembly line. Yes, July 15 will mark the day the first 2014 Volts will be finished up at General Motors' ...

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    Strong June sales push Chevy Volt ahead of Nissan Leaf for first time since February
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    The flash report for monthly sales for the two best-selling plug-in vehicles* is here, and it was a big turnaround month for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. Chevy's halo car sold no more than 1,626 units in any month this year, so June's sales of 2,698 Volts must be a pleasant surprise for the General. It was also the best June sales month ever for the ...

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    Bosch will install wireless charging stations for $3k a pop for Leaf, Volt owners
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    Germany-based Bosch will install wireless charging stations at the homes of Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt drivers for about $3,000 each, implying that a wireless system is worth about $2,500 in convenience compared to cord systems, Plug In Cars says. Bosch Automotive Service's installation of the 240-volt station, which will be made by Evatran, will ...

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    2013 Chevy Volt gets $4,000-off incentive, more if you're leasing a competitor's vehicle
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    There was a time not too long ago when General Motors would've been happy with 1,500 Chevrolet Volt sales per month. Apparently, that time has passed. GM is apparently looking to goose sales of its extended-range plug-in by offering rebates of as much as $4,000 per vehicle, Inside EVs says, after finding the discount on Chevy's Build Your 2013 Volt site. ...

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    Bob Lutz says electric cars will improve, 'at that point, who needs a gasoline engine?'
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    Despite his long history with traditional internal combustion engines and climate change skepticism, Bob Lutz remains a strong voice for the plug-in future of the automobile. If anything, his recent statement are getting stronger. To wit, in an recent interview with CNBC, the Chevy Volt's grandpappy (and the former vice chairman of General Motors) said ...

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    Chevy Volt ad 'Silent Anthem' brings back friendly deer, robot dogs
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    With a great soundtrack – Patty Griffin's Heavenly Day – Chevy is once again using robot dogs and real deer to tell us how eco-friendly the Volt is. The new Volt commercial, called "Silent Anthem," is basically an expanded version of the Volt's snippets from the Find New Roads commercial from February, but this time we see how wind power is ...

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    Next-gen Chevy Volt could be $10,000 cheaper
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    A sub-$30,000 Chevrolet Volt? General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says that could be in the making within a year, Car and Driver reports. Akerson, speaking recently at a green-technology conference in California, said the company may be able to shave as much as $10,000 off the sticker price of the next-generation version of the extended-range plug-in. He also ...

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    LG Chem's Michigan battery plant starting production in July, will deliver Chevy Volt batteries by end of summer
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    It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the first batteries rolling off the factory's three assembly ...

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