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Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

With their relatively high prices, electric cars and hybrids have struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Automakers are hoping that lowering prices will spur sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt extended range plug-in hybrid.   The Associated Press reports, "Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car." According to the AP, in August, Nissan offered discounts that were $2,400 more than the ... continue reading»

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GM to Replace Chevrolet Volt Charging Cord

GM is replacing all 120-volt charging cords in Chevrolet Volts that have been sold so far. The new cord and plug will be more heat-resistant. The cord replacement follows “complaints from Chevrolet Volt owners whose 120-volt charging cords overheated and in a few cases melted, raising questions about the cords' durability,” Yahoo! Autos reports. Cars.com says the 240-volt charging cord that also comes with the Chevrolet Volt does not need to be replaced. “GM spokesman Randal Fox says the ... continue reading»

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GM Temporarily Halts Volt Production for Five Weeks

General Motors is suspending production of its extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt for five weeks. The production suspension is needed to keep current Volt inventory levels from getting too high, The Detroit News reports. Sales of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt haven’t been at the levels GM had hoped for. “GM had a set a goal of selling 10,000 Volts by the end of 2011, but was only able to sell about 7,600 by then,” CNNMoney reports. February ... continue reading»

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Things to Consider if Gas Prices Continue to Increase

Earlier this month, we told you about the prospects of gasoline reaching $4 a gallon this summer, and perhaps even as high as $4.60 in major metropolitan areas. A couple weeks ago, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report listed the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at $3.48. The average price today is $3.64 a gallon. While no analyst is certain how high the price will climb, the $4 threshold is quickly approaching. In ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Volt May Get Greener with Renewable Energy

Earlier this week, we told you that the Chevrolet Volt didn’t pose a greater risk of fire than gas-powered cars. Now, General Motors is working to make the Volt more environmentally-friendly. Working with PJM Interconnection, a company that manages energy grids in 13 states and the District of Columbia, GM has developed software that manages the Volt’s charge time by matching the availability of renewable energy. Using the Volt’s OnStar data connection, the software would regulate charging ... continue reading»

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