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114GM executive chief EV engineer says reducing cost of plug-in vehicles is 'huge priority'

Would deal with customer's No. 1 complaint about Chevy Volt

As we know, another major automaker investing heavily in electrified vehicles is General Motors, and it's doing things much differently than rivals BMW, Ford or Nissan. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV is a modest seller at its $35,000 sticker price but a huge hit with owners. The Chevy Spark BEV, still in limited availability, puts smiley faces on its owners and drivers. The just-introduced Cadillac ELR, a sharp-looking, fun-driving $76,000 luxocoupe take on the Volt's EREV mechanicals, has

55Lotus pondering 'fake shifting' for Evora 414E plug-in hybrid

Some would say Lotus has some credibility among the green-car set since it supplied the body for the Tesla Roadster and has always been obsessed with extracting maximum performance from light weight. Now, our friends at Green Car Reports are suggesting that the UK boutique sportscar operation could lose that reputation by simulating the acceleration of a conventional geared transmission for its Evora 414E extended-range plug-in.

36Bob Lutz: Volt plug-in powertrain should have gone into Escalade first

Now he tells us. Bob Lutz, who helped spearhead the development of the Chevrolet Volt at General Motors, told UK's Autocar that the Volt's extended-range plug-in powertrain would've been better developed for full-size SUV than a smaller-sized car because of the greater opportunity to cut fuel use compared to gas-guzzling models like the Cadillac Escalade.

2Plug-In Cadillac ELR Confirmed For 2013

GM's Volt-based Cadillac ELR Coupe is headed for production in late-2013

AddFisker On Fire: Safety Concerns Prompt Investigation [VIDEO]

Fisker launching investigation into Woodside, CA fire incident, says batteries not to blame

9Via Motors offers Raser E-REV truck tech for fleets in 2011, individuals in 2013

If you liked the E-REV powertrain that Raser Technologies brought to SAE 2009 (and later, to the Moab) wrapped up in a Hummer H3 and wondered when that tech might get commercialized, well, wonder no more. Via Motors has now emerged to do just that.

90Autocar says range-extenders are the future. Do you agree?

BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image

AddNext-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

44Next-gen Volt could use diesel, two-cylinder or rotary range extender

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddGM's R&D head says Voltec powertrain not suitable for vehicles bigger, smaller than Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddGM updates us on the Chevrolet Volt's battery and powertrain development

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

54GM updates us on the Chevrolet Volt's battery and powertrain development

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddGM talking to potential Ampera customers in UK, interest in vehicle builds

Vauxhall / Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddOpel's extended business plan includes multiple electric vehicles

Opel Chief Executive Officer Nick Reilly has unloaded a sweeping new business plan that includes plenty of interesting little tidbits for green car aficionados. Of course we already know about the 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but Reilly says that there will be another extended-range electric vehicle in addition to the Ampera.

38REPORT: Energy Department predicting summer gas price high of just $2.30/gallon [w/POLL]

Click on the image above to take our summer of 2009 gas price poll

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