More than two years ago, Korean tech company LG Chem opened a battery plant in Holland, Michigan, with a deal to produce batteries for the Chevy Volt. But slow sales have meant not enough work for the plant, which finally went online this month. The first Volts sporting American-made LG chem batteries will hit streets sometime this fall.
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You can bet that GM already has a good idea of what consumers what in the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. That means rumors and hearsay are starting to trickle out, though sometimes a single sentence from one suit can send the automotive media into a feeding frenzy. So comes word that the Chevy Volt may offer less range in the future…or on the flipside, even more range.
As any mechanic will tell you, tools aren’t cheap. If you’re the gotta-have-the-best-of-everything kinda person, you could spend $20,000 or more on a toolbox, and JUST the toolbox. So this story regarding some Chevrolet dealerships ceasing Volt sales over just $5,100 in specialized tools is a bit of a head-scratcher.
Folks and authorities in New Jersey are still cleaning up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the serious power outages have led to a renewed interest in microgrid, battery backup technology. Just a few weeks after Sandy, General Motors and ABB showcased a microgrid backup system using five old Chevy Volt batteries.
For all the negativity surrounding the Chevy Volt, people who have bought GM’s plug-in hybrid are among the happiest car owners in America. How can that be? A recent case study in Scientific American looked at the Volt’s energy consumption and emissions and compared it to the most popular hybrid on the market, the Toyota Prius, and in every category the Volt comes out way ahead.
If you listen to certain “news outlets,” you’d think the Chevy Volt was a flaming, steaming pile of sales crap that costs GM tens of thousands of dollars per vehicle sold. You’d be wrong though, as a recent roundup of all the vehicles the Chevy Volt is currently outselling shows that there is, in fact, a market for this high-tech American hybrid.
Without a doubt the biggest knock against the Volt isn’t its limited electric range or its so-so fuel efficiency, but the $41,000 price tag. Yet GM has the ability to make a much cheaper Volt. So what’re they waiting for? GM doesn’t make a dime off of every Volt they sell, having invested a large […]