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June 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a man who was forced to wear a stun belt during his trial, rejecting arguments that the prospect of being electrically shocked adversely affected his demeanor before jurors. In a 6-1 decision, the majority noted that the prosecution had conceded the court erred in requiring the stun belt, but the justices concluded that it did not affect the outcome of the trial. The ruling came in an appeal by Jonathan Keith Jackson, who was convicted of murdering Monique Cleveland during an attempted drug-related robbery in Riverside County in 1996 and attempting to murder her husband, Robert.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1985 | GARY JARLSON \f7
A Harbor City construction worker was being called "real lucky" Friday after he suffered only minor injuries when a piece of pipe he was handling struck a 12,000-volt power line in downtown Laguna Beach. Apparently, the pipe Joseph Legler was hoisting to the top of Laguna Federal Savings and Loan grounded itself on the building, and Legler suffered only minor burns on his hands, Fire Chief Ron Adams said. "If he was holding onto that pipe, he is real lucky to be alive," Adams said.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
What is the one item you always have on you? For me, it's my cellphone. So when I heard about the Yellow Jacket iPhone case, equipped with a built-in, battery-powered stun gun that can charge your phone at the same time, I had to try it out for myself and see what all the buzz was about. At a glance, the Yellow Jacket , named after the predatory wasp, looks like any other hard-plastic protective phone case, just a lot bulkier. But what is, eh, shocking about this case is what's concealed inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three city workers killed July 12 in an underground explosion in Pasadena had no idea that a live, 4,000-volt electrical line in the vault had malfunctioned hours earlier, city officials said Thursday. Because no one knew about the problems on the line, current was allowed to flow while the three worked on an adjacent 17,000-volt line. While the three were in the underground vault, the 4,000-volt line exploded, killing them instantly.
NEWS
July 22, 1985 | Associated Press
Two country club lifeguards using an aluminum pole to untangle a rope on a flagpole were electrocuted when the pole touched a 7,200-volt power line, investigators said Sunday.
NEWS
March 7, 1985 | United Press International
John Paul Witt died in Florida's electric chair Wednesday for murdering and sexually mutilating an 11-year-old boy. Witt, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m. from a single 90-second surge of 2,000-volt current in the electric chair at Florida State Prison.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2010
2010 Club Car Villager 2+2 Base price: $8,510 Price as tested: $8,783 Powertrain: 48-volt DC motor, 350-amp DC controller, 48-volt lead-acid battery pack, direct drive Horsepower: 5 Range per charge: 20 to 30 miles Maximum speed: 25 mph Dry weight: 1,129 lbs. $7,659 after 10% federal tax credit through Dec. 31, 2011 Final thoughts: Low-cost commute for light traffic
AUTOS
August 30, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. was reeling from its bankruptcy and federal bailout when it launched the Chevrolet Cruze small car - one of the few projects it could pull off amid the financial and political turmoil. That day in September 2010 marked the rebirth of the automaker, says Mark Reuss, president of GM's North American operations. The Cruze quickly became one of the world's bestselling passenger cars. It proved that truck-centric GM could reap big profits on a small car, with no need for profit-robbing incentives and discounting.
TRAVEL
March 6, 2011
The "Travel Checklist" in your ultimate travel guide ["Trip Tips? In the Bag," Feb. 27] was great, but you may want to suggest including electrical adapters (plugs) for countries where travelers want to use or recharge their electronics. There are various websites with this invaluable info. You might also suggest that they bring electronics that can accept 120-volt and 240-volt inputs or take a transformer. Good job! Lew Bird Huntington Beach This is not a great, sexy or even fun travel tip, but it could save your life, if not a whole lot of trouble, in an emergency.
AUTOS
August 30, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. was reeling from its bankruptcy and federal bailout when it launched the Chevrolet Cruze small car - one of the few projects it could pull off amid the financial and political turmoil. That day in September 2010 marked the rebirth of the automaker, says Mark Reuss, president of GM's North American operations. The Cruze quickly became one of the world's bestselling passenger cars. It proved that truck-centric GM could reap big profits on a small car, with no need for profit-robbing incentives and discounting.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
In an effort to juice up tepid sales of its 2014 Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Co. will slash the sticker price by $5,000, to $34,995, including shipping. The price cut makes the plug-in hybrid Volt more competitive with other rechargeable cars, including rival plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Most of the big car companies have reduced the prices of their rechargeable vehicles this year because consumers have been slow to adopt the technology.
AUTOS
July 3, 2013 | By Catherine Green, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
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.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green
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.)
AUTOS
June 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
AUTOS
April 26, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
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.
NEWS
April 18, 1985 | DON G. CAMPBELL, Times Staff Writer
Question: Last summer and fall, Southern California Edison knowingly supplied many consumers in our area with extremely low voltage--voltage at times below the legal limit. From June through September, we had problems with three of our major appliances: --In June, the washing machine would not operate, and a capacitor was installed. --In September, our four-ton air conditioner would not operate. --In September, our 25-inch TV lost color and the sides of the picture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993
Is there an electric car in your future? That likelihood increases as 1998 approaches and auto makers strive to develop battery-powered cars to meet California's historic mandate for zero-emission vehicles. By 1998, 2%--or 40,000--of all new cars sold in the state must be pollution-free. By the year 2003 the figure rises to 10%.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
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.
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