July 3, 2013 |
General Motors came out ahead of Nissan in the rechargable car race this month, an ongoing showdown driven by falling lease prices and piqued consumer interest in the alternative fuel market. While June auto sales looked promising across the board for the auto industry, figures in the electric car sector were especially encouraging for plug-in proponents. Nissan said it sold 2,225 of its Leaf electric cars, making June the second-highest month ever, up over 315% compared to the same month last year.
June 19, 2013 |
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
June 11, 2013 |
Chevrolet has again jumped into the fight to make alternative fueled vehicles more competitive, offering cash-back incentives for buyers of its Volt plug-in of $5,000 for 2012 models and $4,000 for 2013 models. It's the latest chapter in a bid by several automakers to make their electric vehicles and plug-ins more attractive On June 1st, Chevy dropped the lease price for a Volt from $299 a month to $269 a month, according to Michelle Malcho, a Chevrolet communications manager.
April 26, 2013 |
Tesla Motors reached an important milestone in the first quarter as its high-end electric Model S sedan outsold the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the electric Nissan Leaf. Tesla is expect to announce in its upcoming quarterly earnings report in May that it sold 4,750 of its Model S sedans, which start around $70,000. That would beat the Chevy Volt's first-quarter sales of 4,244, which was an 8% increase for the Volt compared with the same quarter in 2012, according to Autodata figures.
December 7, 2012 |
If you have family coming for the holidays or just want a different ride, Simply Hybrid has a December deal that takes 30% off rentals of its hybrids and energy-efficient cars. The company will even deliver the cars to airports, hotels or other locations for free. The deal: Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and even a plug-in Prius are some of the selections in the compact category. The website provides the models available but doesn't list prices or take reservations; you have to call to get a quote and make a booking.
September 11, 2012 |
Is General Motors Co. losing $49,000 on every Chevrolet Volt electric car it sells? If so, it could be bad news for taxpayers who helped bail out GM and now own a third of an automaker that has seen its shares plunge 30% since it went public in 2010. It could also highlight how much of a political lightning rod GM and the Volt have become since the automaker's federal bailout in 2009 and as the presidential election approaches, analysts said. "The Volt as a brand has become politicized," said Jeremy Anwyl, vice chairman of auto information company Edmunds.com.