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  1. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    We received a few e-mails over the past couple days from GM-Volt forum member Captbently about his efforts to acquire a portable level 2 charger, and with his permission, are turning his account into a story for others to learn by, as well as offer their knowledge and opinions. Captbently –...
  2. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Just for some perspective, we thought we would note a few things, including last month marked the first half year for a new era of mainstream EVs begun by Chevrolet's Volt and Nissan's LEAF – which as disruptive technology, are being watched closely by pundits of every stripe. Since the...
  3. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    June was a strong month for domestic and most import auto sales, but with the Japanese industry still hobbled by the March earthquake, the "Detroit Three" led with a 50.2 percent majority of light vehicle sales making this their first time to do so since August 2009. General Motors reported a...
  4. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    A couple days ago in Michigan, the Chevrolet Volt was praised by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, even as GM’s Micky Bly was at a nearby function releasing snippets about future generation plans, and more. LaHood’s comments came during a tour of the Flint Truck Assembly plant...
  5. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Increased motivation for automakers to produce more hybrid and electric vehicles is coalescing in the ongoing discussions over Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. This past weekend the Detroit News reported that the Obama administration presented auto executives at the White House...
  6. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    It may be unfortunate for some that recent plans were sidelined for a Voltec-based Cadillac, but according to one General Motors plant manager, the Chevrolet Volt practically is one. This was the view recently expressed by Bay City Powertrain Plant Manager Joe Mazzeo, who described the Volt as...
  7. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    To speed widespread acceptance of battery electric vehicles, it is believed a few objections will have to be overcome, including the relatively lengthy time required to recharge them. Other objections like “range anxiety” are met with the Chevrolet Volt, but as GM-Volt’s founder Lyle Dennis...
  8. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Yesterday General Motors began displaying and testing a Volt-related, all-electric version of its Chevrolet Beat minicar in New Delhi. The EV is not being proposed for sale anytime soon, but India was chosen as a demanding environment – as well as growing market – to demonstrate the car. The...
  9. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    This is not flattery, it is a fact: GM needs you. And for that matter, Nissan needs LEAF owners, and all other EV makers will need their early adopters as the most credible part of their marketing efforts. If you are an early adopter, then research shows you are probably already more forward...
  10. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    A few significant hints about GM’s not-too-distant plans were uttered this month at a Silicon Valley symposium by GM’s Dave Barthmuss, western region group manager for environment and energy communications. Intermingled with general answers about GM’s broad plans for advanced-tech powertrains...
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    Acknowledging the inherently politicized nature of his position and company, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has nonetheless shown himself willing to weigh in on controversial political subjects to reporters with whom he apparently feels comfortable. In an interview with the Detroit News, he...
  12. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Note – It's the beginning of a new month and that means last month's sales figures are coming out. Rather than give you a straight news story, we'll offer some interpretation on what we see. When it comes to rising fuel prices and their provocation of reactionary buying behavior in the U.S...
  13. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Most people know the Chevrolet Volt is a revolutionary kind of car, but at a recent Silicon Valley conference, an IBM executive said the car is very complex and the fact that it made it to market as soon as it did is more than a little remarkable. The computer-controlled EREV uses an estimated...
  14. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    When GM Spokesman Rob Peterson outlined key marketing strategies Chevrolet is employing with the Volt at the EDTA conference a few weeks ago, the fourth point he said was, “last, but definitely not least.” He titled it, “Managing expectations of both our products but also the EV movement...
  15. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    At the recent EDTA conference in Washington, D.C., Indiana-based Remy International, Inc. said it has an answer for a growing dilemma facing the electric and hybrid vehicle industry. While Americans are thinking about improving batteries to reduce dependency on foreign oil, at the same time...
  16. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    General Motors Spokesman Rob Peterson has been on the Chevrolet Volt team since before the concept car was shown in 2007. At last week’s EDTA conference he gave a talk at a breakout session titled, “To Market We Go: Building Successful Launch and Marketing Strategies.” Addressing industry...
  17. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Yesterday J.D. Powers and Associates released a summary from a nationwide study examining consumer attitudes toward clean energy transportation choices. Conducted in February, the 2011 U.S. Green Automotive Study queried a statistically significant 4,001 Americans in the market for a new...
  18. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    Chevrolet Volt enthusiasts know GM is a leader in sustainable transportation, but the company has been on such a creative streak lately, some may not be aware of the extent of it. Last month GM was ranked number one out of 700 entities that filed clean-energy patents in 2010. Of the 1,881 such...
  19. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    The German Opel engineer who held a pivotal role in developing the Chevrolet Volt and European market derivatives was recently hired away by BMW. Frank Weber will likely be a strong asset to Bavarian Motor Works, which is developing a range of advanced-tech projects from an all-electric i3 to...
  20. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Competitors
    General Motors is deliberately and systematically training its sales and service personnel to set the tone for the Chevrolet Volt’s nationwide deployment by year’s end, and all that is to follow. As a new kind of car being launched into a world where many have no clear understanding of how...
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