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43Cadillac ELR getting massive discounts, some up to $14,000

Well, that didn't go as planned. General Motors had marketed the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in as a premium version of the Chevrolet Volt with some Caddy refinements. Now, it looks like that premium, at least from a price standpoint, is shrinking.

AddGM's Mark Reuss explains why a performance Cadillac ELR-V won't happen

Hey, I've got enough things to worry about. That's one interpretation of General Motors executive vice president Mark Reuss' response to a question posed by Driving the Nation about the recently-introduced Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid.

AddVia PHEV van shuttles movie fans around Sundance

It's not exactly "Leo buys a Fisker Karma" territory, but at least we're talking about a company that's still in business. In this case, it's Via Motors, converter of GM vans and pickup trucks into extended-range plug-in vehicles. The company is getting its own bit of movie magic, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

AddVia Motors wins $20-million SCAQMD contract for PHEV trucks

That demonstration Via Motors made with its extended-range plug-in trucks in San Francisco a few months back must've made some impression. At the Plug In Conference in San Diego, CA last week, the company announced it has won a $20-million contract to supply the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with its trucks.

AddA brief, but detailed, history of the Chevy Volt

Anyone looking for a little extra reading this week could do worse than check out a 29-page history of the Chevrolet Volt. The story of the extended-range plug-in vehicle comes from a professor at San Francisco's Presidio Graduate School, Dariush Rafinejad. A disclaimer, however, is in order, as the study received "generous support" from Chevy parent General Motors.

AddVia Motors VTRUX plug-in hybrid truck stands ready to power your block

Via Motors says its extended-range plug-in trucks can provide power generation for something a little more essential than a tailgate party or a camping trip. The company, which notably has former General Motors executive Bob Lutz as a pitchman, showed off one of its VTRUX pickups at San Francisco's Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative event sponsored by PG&E late last month and said the truck could double as an emergency power generator, Plug In Cars reports.

AddGM employs advanced welding technology to keep Cadillac ELR's battery together

General Motors' Cadillac division has always prided itself on its super-quiet cars, so the General's promotion of its "ultrasonic" welding technique for the upcoming ELR extended-range plug-in may or may not make sense, depending on how you define the term. In this case, GM says the ultrasonic welding allows machines to put together metal electrode tabs on the car's 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack through rapid motion that creates heat through friction. Most importantly, it eliminates the need

Add2014 Chevy Volt price to be announced in August, keeping 16.5-kWH battery

There are no changes in the Volt's 16.5-kWh battery capacity between the 2013 and 2014 model years

AddProposed interior colors for 2014 Fisker Karma included 'Coronado,' 'Palisades'

Among the things we're going to miss out on if/when Fisker Automotive goes bust is the legitimate description of "Coronado" as a color. That apparently orange-ish hue is one of four interior colors Fisker was planning on for its 2014 model-year Karma extended-range vehicle, according to Fisker Buzz.

AddFisker owes $700,000 to landlord, web designer

The Fisker Karma may be able to go 125 miles per hour, but the company making the extended-range plug-in doesn't appear to be outrunning its creditors.

AddAudi A1 e-tron EREV will get further testing in Germany

The Audi A1 e-tron extended-range plug-in, which has already been extensively tested by the automaker, will be further put under the microscope, as it were, by Germany's National Platform of Electrification (NPE).

AddFisker may one day build all-wheel plug-in hybrids and ... boats?

Guys like Henrik Fisker don't get to where they are by being modest.

AddFisker denies reports that Surf plug-in hybrid has been delayed

Fisker Automotive denied reports that its plans to make the Fisker Surf, a wagon version of its Karma extended-range plug-in hybrid, have been delayed, and that the California-based automaker hasn't changed launch plans for the model.

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