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CNNMoney: Volt sales surge in California thanks to car-pool accessupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 12:16:00

Sales of General Motors' Chevrolet Volt plug-in car, which had been dwindling in recent months, are enjoying a big resurgence in California, a state with some of the highest gas prices in the nation.

CNNMoney: High price soured Chevy Volt salesupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 15:39:00

Despite winning a trophy case worth of awards -- including Motor Trend Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year -- the Chevrolet Volt plug-in car has failed to meet GM's sales expectations.

CNNMoney: Chevy Volt buyback offer gets about 24 takersupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 13:02:00

About two dozen people have asked General Motors about turning in their Chevrolet Volt electric cars in the wake of an investigation into possible battery fires following severe crashes, a spokesman for the automaker said Tuesday.

Feds open 'formal safety defect' probe into Chevy Voltupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 20:17:00

Federal safety regulators announced Friday that they have opened "a formal safety defect investigation" into the Chevrolet Volt over concerns the electric car's battery may pose a significant fire risk.

CNNMoney: Volt fire 3 weeks after crash prompts safety probeupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 17:34:00

Federal safety regulators are investigating the safety of lithium-ion batteries after a fire started in the battery pack of a Chevrolet Volt three weeks after the vehicle went through a crash test.

CNNMoney: Ford announces Focus Electric price: $40,000updated: Wed Nov 02 2011 18:23:00

Ford has begun to take orders for its first plug-in passenger car, the Focus Electric, in New York, New Jersey and California.

CNNMoney: GM announces Chevy Spark fully electric carupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 13:39:00

General Motors, maker of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, will sell a small totally electric car beginning in 2013, the automaker announced Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Consumer Reports recommends Chevy Voltupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 08:14:00

The Chevrolet Volt, General Motors' plug-in car, has earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports magazine.

CNNMoney: Chevy Volt newest New York City police carupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 13:03:00

The New York City Police Department has a new cruiser that will be silently plying the city streets very soon.

CNNMoney: Ford announces Chevy Volt competitor, C-Max Energiupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 13:12:00

Ford will soon produce a competitor to General Motors' Chevrolet Volt.

CNNMoney: Volt and Leaf ace crash testsupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 11:42:00

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf plug-in cars both earned top scores in crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Nissan Leaf: 2011 World Car of The Yearupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 13:17:00

The all-electric Nissan Leaf was named the 2011 World Car of The Year at the New York Auto Show on Thursday.

CNNMoney: Electric car subsidies: We'll need 'em for yearsupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 18:07:00

It'll be years before automakers can take the training wheels off their electric car making divisions, but how many years is an open question.

CNNMoney: Electric cars get a boost in Obama budget planupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 17:26:00

In its effort to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, the Obama administration's proposed budget supports a plan to give $7,500 directly to electric car buyers rather than make them wait for a tax credit.

CNNMoney: A $7,500 electric car discount scares dealersupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 16:18:00

In an effort to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, the Obama administration has proposed a plan that would put up to $7,500 directly in the hands of car buyers without having them jump through any tax hoops.

Study: Obama's electric car goal hits roadblockupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 09:02:00

President Barack Obama's goal of putting 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015 could run into a huge roadblock -- the American consumer.

Will you drive to the plug or the pump?updated: Thu Feb 03 2011 09:02:00

CNN's Martin Savidge speaks to "the car coach" about the growing market for electric cars.

Silent electric bike helps police keep the peaceupdated: Sun Jan 16 2011 21:38:00

They might not be the first police force to add an electric vehicle to their fleet, but Scotts Valley Police Department in California surely has one of the most stylish.

CNNMoney: Ford unveils its electric car - the Focusupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 14:42:00

Ford unveiled the Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday promising an electric car that's fun to drive.

CNNMoney: Ultimate electric car challenge: Dead batteriesupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 17:29:00

We've all had to get rid of spent lithium-ion batteries from laptops and cell phones so it's natural to worry about the ones in electric cars.

CNNMoney: Clearing the air on electric carsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 09:03:00

Ever since electric cars began commanding headlines a few years back, some have questioned whether the vehicles are really better for the environment.

CNNMoney: Electric cars flooding the market in 2012updated: Wed Dec 08 2010 11:15:00

If you want to buy an electric car today, good luck, it's slim pickins. But fast forward three years and you could be facing more plug-in choices than you'll know what to do with.

CNNMoney: What it really costs to fill up a plug-in carupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 05:36:00

Even if they aren't always terribly accurate, EPA fuel economy estimates have at least made it easy to compare the gas mileage of one car to another. But now that plug-in cars are entering the market, things are about to get much more complicated.

CNNMoney: GE to buy 25,000 electric carsupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 10:40:00

GE said on Thursday that it will buy 25,000 electric vehicles for its fleet through 2015 in the "largest-ever" purchase of electric cars.

Electric cars go mainstreamupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 07:12:00

CNNMoney.com writer Peter Valdes-Dapena test drove the new Nissan and Chevy electric cars. He shares his reviews.

CNNMoney: Juicy tax breaks for electric carsupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 12:20:00

The Nissan Leaf will carry a price tag of $32,500, but some California residents could drive one for just about $17,000 -- roughly the cost of a typical gas-powered compact sedan.

CNNMoney: GE to buy 'tens of thousands' of electric carsupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 17:28:00

General Electric will order "tens of thousands" of electric cars in about a week, the conglomerate's chief executive said Friday.

Lithium, fuel of the futureupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 11:36:00

The Bolivian Andes could contain almost of third of the world's lithium - the power source of choice for electric cars.

CNNMoney: All that hype won't sell electric carsupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 09:09:00

If you thought electric cars were about to take over the world's highways, a new report by auto analysts at J.D. Power Associates says, "Not so fast."

Do electric cars have enough drive to go mainstream?updated: Tue Oct 26 2010 10:22:00

Major car manufacturers are poised to launch their electric vehicles and expectations are so high Nissan says it has closed its U.S. waiting list with 20,000 pre-orders.

Car gets 100 miles per gallonupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 09:24:00

CNN's Ali Velshi talks to the CEO of a company who won an award for creating a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon.

The new fear: Electric car 'range anxiety'updated: Wed Oct 20 2010 09:24:00

Chase Ballew had miscalculated a little bit. He was bringing home some furniture from Ikea in his electric-powered truck, and there wasn't enough charge to get him all the way to the house.

Making electric cars safe and soundupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 05:00:00

They may be cleaner than their gas-guzzling cousins, but manufacturers are increasingly concerned that electric cars' near-silent motors could pose a problem for pedestrians navigating city streets.

Fortune: Who killed the electric motorcycle?updated: Tue Sep 28 2010 06:46:00

When I talk to my motorcycling friends, many of them are hankering for an electric motorcycle. But only, they stress, if it's a motorcycle, not a motor scooter. One friend explained that to motorcycling types, a high-end electric motorcycle would be like going from a Ferrari to a Tesla: "If I was used to driving a Ferrari and you put me in a Tesla I would love it." In other words, high-end Harley riders are not a group interested in the two-wheeled version of, say, a Fiat or Tata.

CNNMoney: GM looks at electric-only Voltupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 14:54:00

General Motors is building an experimental fleet of electrically powered Chevrolet Cruze compact cars that will have a driving range of up to 100 miles without using any gasoline.

CNNMoney: Toyota announces 6 new hybrids, electric carsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 15:49:00

Toyota Motor Co. will put out six all-new hybrid vehicles worldwide by 2012, a Toyota spokesman confirmed.

Fortune: Who's got their electric car act together?updated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:15:00

Automakers are operating in terra incognita as they prepare for the biggest change in the way cars are powered in a century. As they begin to add battery-powered cars to their lineups, they will have to solve some fundamental problems about how the cars are built and sold.

CNNMoney: Tesla to build electric Toyota Rav4updated: Wed Jul 21 2010 10:39:00

Tesla Motors will produce electric Rav4 crossover SUVs for Toyota Motor Co. beginning in 2012, the two companies announced Friday.

Fortune: Don't believe a word about electric cars and the coming lithium shortageupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 17:08:00

Shai Agassi wants to put the world into electric cars whose batteries can be swapped out at one of his futuristic "gas" stations. But just as the cells in flashlights and laptops need lithium to run, so do -- swappable batteries or not -- electric cars. And some are now saying that will make lithium, in our increasingly battery-dependent society, increasingly hard to come by.

CNNMoney: Toyota working on Tesla-based electric carupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 15:05:00

Moving ahead with a partnership announced in May, Toyota is working on a potential new electric car with California's Tesla Motors, a source at the Japanese automaker said.

Network of electric vehicle charging stations on tapupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 12:05:00

Coulomb Technologies on Wednesday said it will build 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations in nine regions of the U.S., funded by $37 million in grants.

Fortune: Toyota's Tesla stake heats up the electric car raceupdated: Fri May 21 2010 16:42:00

Toyota's announcement that it is making a $50 million investment in upstart electric car maker Tesla got the auto industry's attention this week.

Shai Agassi: One man's mission to turn all cars electricupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 14:03:00

Shai Agassi is a man on a mission -- an ambitious one to wean the world off its oil addiction and turn everyone into electric car drivers.

CNNMoney: Nissan Leaf electric car will cost $25,000updated: Tue Mar 30 2010 14:18:00

Nissan announced Tuesday that its Leaf electric car will come with a sticker price of $32,780. But after a federal tax credit of $7,500, the car will only set you back about $25,280.

Fortune: Here comes the electric Nissan Leafupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 14:30:00

Carlos Ghosn -- in shirtsleeves -- walks briskly into a conference room on the 21st floor of Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Awaiting his arrival are 15 executives in two ranks of chairs. Subject of the meeting: how to spread the news about Ghosn's pet electric-car project.

CNNMoney: A few glitches for electric carsupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 16:10:00

If you're looking forward to parking a brand-new electric car in your garage soon, be prepared to spend some money getting that garage in shape.

CNNMoney: Electric roadster maker making moneyupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 16:04:00

Tesla Motors turned profitable for the first time in July, when the electric car manufacturer shipped a record 109 vehicles, the company said Friday.

CNNMoney: Electric car grants worth $2.4 billion unveiledupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 05:56:00

The federal government on Wednesday named which companies will get $2.4 billion in stimulus grants to develop batteries, parts and programs for electric cars.

CNNMoney: Betting big - and small - on electric carsupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 10:42:00

The cars of the future will run on electricity, most major automakers agree on that. What they don't agree on is how soon drivers will be ready to fully embrace electric power and how aggressively to push electric cars.

CNNMoney: Exxon unveils electric car in Baltimoreupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 09:21:00

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it will unveil an electric car Tuesday through a test-drive and car-sharing program in Baltimore.

CNNMoney: Daimler, Tesla charge ahead on electric carupdated: Tue May 19 2009 15:35:00

Daimler AG and Tesla Motors announced Tuesday that they will partner to manufacture electric cars.

Electric scooter hoping to spark eco two-wheelersupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 13:02:00

Much has been made of the electric car driving to the rescue of ailing automobile manufacturers and saving the planet at the same time. But what if that eco-savior came on two wheels instead of four?

Race of the Eco-carsupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 13:02:00

Japan's top two automakers in a worldwide battle for the eco-minded consumer. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Fortune: 'Fuel was cheap and pollution was free'updated: Wed Apr 22 2009 12:59:00

FORTUNE's Brainstorm: Green conference is not even 24 hours old as I write this and already we've had a lot of memorable moments. Here are some of the things we've heard so far:

Fortune: Recharging Detroitupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 16:21:00

After years of churning out giant gas-guzzlers, lobbying against fuel-economy standards, and refusing to repent even while begging Congress for a bailout, the humbled and chastened Big Three gathered recently at the Detroit auto show to finally embrace the electrification of the automobile.

CNNMoney: Chrysler developing electric sports car for 2010updated: Wed Apr 15 2009 14:59:00

A battery-powered 268-horsepower two-seat sports car is in line to become Chrysler LLC's first electric car, provided the carmaker lives to see another day.

Fortune: The great electric car raceupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 10:10:00

Did a battery bring down General Motors?

CNNMoney: Ford's ready-made electric carupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 05:48:00

Ford is preparing to sell an electric car developed almost entirely by an outside supplier. While that may cut down on bragging rights - General Motors created the Chevy Volt in-house - Ford says it also cut down on costs and risk.

CNNMoney: Ford: Electric van in 2010updated: Mon Feb 09 2009 14:26:00

Ford Motor Co. will introduce its first all-electric vehicle in 2010, but it will be intended for business owners - not families. The electric Transit Connect, a small van, will be offered in "select" U.S. Ford dealerships.

Plotting the long road to one million electric carsupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 13:58:00

Meeting the Obama Administration's goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015 will only happen with a coordinated set of policies and technology advances, according to an electric vehicle association.

Solar cars still a way offupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 15:02:00

Toyota's third-generation Prius, due at dealerships this spring, will have an optional solar panel on its roof. The panel will power a ventilation system that can cool the car without help from the engine, Toyota says.

Electric cars move closer to your garageupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 01:01:00

At the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and MINI showed the world what electric vehicles of the future will look like. And the future of driving looks fun.

CNNMoney: Getting real: The high cost of electric carsupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 11:01:00

Electric cars have a big role to play in reducing the world's greenhouse gas emissions, but it's going to cost a lot, according to a new report. It could even push automakers into further trouble.

CNNMoney: Ford: No Volt for usupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 15:11:00

Ford wants to roll out a fleet of hybrid and plug-in cars over the next several years, but it does not want to go down the road General Motors is taking with the Chevrolet Volt.

The cars of the future are here nowupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 08:17:00

For a century the gasoline engine has remained largely unchallenged, seeing off all pretenders to its crown. But with concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and a host of new contenders looming large in the rear view mirror, is the gasoline-fueled automobile due to be overtaken by a fleet of cleaner, leaner rivals?

CNNMoney: Chrysler's plan to beat the Chevy Voltupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 16:46:00

Chrysler is pinning a huge part of its future on a plan to produce a full line of electric vehicles, at a reasonable cost to both the carmaker and the consumer.

CNNMoney: Electric cars and the future of Detroitupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 09:54:00

Hybrid and electric cars play a big part in the business plans Detroit automakers presented to Congress on Tuesday. The only problem is that vehicles like General Motors' Chevrolet Volt won't be profitable for a decade or more.

CNNMoney: Why electric vehicles have stalledupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 12:33:00

The Wrightspeed X1, a sports car whose three-second acceleration from 0 to 60 makes it one of the fastest autos in the world, is also super clean: It's powered by an electric motor and gets about 170 mpg. Ian Wright, the Burlingame, Calif., entrepreneur who created the X1 several years ago, had planned on ramping up production on a line of similar electric cars in 2009. But over the summer, he changed his mind.

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Plug-in electric cars set to debut in 2010updated: Wed Sep 24 2008 13:45:00

Robert Lutz, vice-chairman of General Motors, caused a stir in the auto industry -- and in the automotive press -- when he announced in January of 2007 that the Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car would be ready for mass production and on the road, by the end of 2010.

Time.com: Nissan Shows Test Models of Electric Carupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 11:00:00

Nissan showed on Wednesday a spiffy electric car packed with a battery developed by the Japanese automaker to deliver more power than the type common in today's hybrids

True or false: Electric carsupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 00:00:00

True or False: In the 1890's electric cars out sold gasoline powered versions ten to one.

Granny loves her G-Wizupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 23:49:00

Transplanted from the U.S to London, Phyllis Earl knows how to get somebody's attention.

Time.com: When Electric Cars Hit the Fast Laneupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 19:00:00

With the price of gas soaring, major automakers like GM and Toyota are finally following the lead of successful firms like GEM and getting serious about plug and drive vehicles

True or False: Electric carsupdated: Mon May 26 2008 02:07:00

True or False: The electric car was invented in the early 1800's.

CNNMoney: Gas engines: Here to stayupdated: Sun May 04 2008 16:19:00

Despite all the hype for electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells, experts say we'd better get used to pumping gas, but we can look forward to much better fuel economy down the road.

Fortune: The great battery raceupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 14:51:00

At a breakfast in New York last week, Jim Press, vice chairman and president of Chrysler LLC made the startling announcement that every single new Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep is being engineered so that it can be adapted for a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. That's a huge change for technologically challenged Chrysler, which currently markets only two gas-electric hybrid vehicles - both of them equipped with technology developed by General Motors.

Time.com: Israel Looks to Electric Carsupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 22:00:00

In a first-of-its-kind program, the government hopes to put charging stations all over the country and get gas guzzlers off the roads starting in 2011

FSB: Our fearless forecastupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 17:20:00

Easy money: Richard Branson helps fund U.S. entrepeneurs

FSB: Putting the zoom into electric carsupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 15:03:00

Steve Fambro didn't get into the car business to save the world. He did it to go faster on freeways.

CNNMoney: An electric car for the common manupdated: Mon Aug 13 2007 04:43:00

If all goes according to plan, by 2009 you could be sticking it to Big Oil by driving an all electric, Chinese-made sedan for little more than the cost of a Camry.

Business 2.0: Have you driven a Fjord lately?updated: Mon Jul 30 2007 22:29:00

Three pinstriped London investors stand outside an electric car factory in the green fields of the Norwegian countryside, waiting their turns to test-drive a stylish two-seater called the Think City.

GM: The new green carmaker?updated: Fri Dec 01 2006 12:24:00

The belief that General Motors has all the environmental sensitivity of a panda fur wholesaler has been widespread for a long time.

GM: Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid comingupdated: Wed Nov 29 2006 10:10:00

General Motors is working on a plug-in hybrid version of its redesigned Saturn Vue SUV, the company's CEO announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Report: Mitsubishi to sell electric car in U.S.updated: Tue Oct 10 2006 09:53:00

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. plans to sell an electric car in the United States, according to a report in an industry newspaper.

Business 2.0: A car that could save the planet--fastupdated: Fri May 05 2006 19:24:00

Ian Wright has a car that blows away a Ferrari 360 Spider and a Porsche Carrera GT in drag races, and whose 0-to-60 acceleration time ranks it among the fastest production autos in the world. In fact, it's second only to the French-made Bugatti Veyron, a 1,000-horsepower, 16-cylinder beast that hits 60 mph half a second faster and goes for $1.25 million.

Business 2.0: Silicon Valley's New New Thingupdated: Mon May 01 2006 00:01:00

It's late morning at Buck's, the diner in Silicon Valley's bucolic foothills where venture deals have been known to go down faster than the flapjacks and burgers. Today, though, the action is in th...

Fortune: Reinventing the Wheel The cars of tomorrow--hybrids, natural gas-powered sports cars, and fuel cells--are here today.updated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

Maybe you think driving a car that runs on anything other than gas is as preposterous as the idea of an underpowered Ferrari or a nonsmoking supermodel. But if you don't believe we are at a scienti...

Fortune: The Automakers Big-Time Bet On Fuel Cells They're putting more than $1 billion into a promising power system. Daimler-Benz wantsupdated: Mon Mar 30 1998 00:01:00

Bright-eyed, his silver hair a little wild at the fringes, Dr. Ferdinand Panik, 56, clearly relishes piloting a very special Mercedes vehicle briskly past the apple orchards on the outskirts of Nab...

Fortune: WHY ELECTRIC CARS MAKE NO SENSE With California in the lead, a dozen states want the Big Three to sell nonpolluting battery-poweupdated: Mon Jul 26 1993 00:01:00

NOW THAT General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are getting close to an agreement to cooperate on an electric vehicle, does that mean battery-powered cars are an idea whose time has finally come? Not b...

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