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Vauxhall Ampera

Vauxhall Ampera hybrid e-car

First Look Only the most ardent electric-vehicle advocate would argue that the current state of battery technology and absence of recharging infrastructure isn’t an impediment to the widespread adoption of the e-car. On paper, the new Vauxhall Ampera – the European version of the Chevrolet Volt – has the perfect answer to this problem: …
Alun Taylor, 29 May 2012
Vauxhall Ampera E-Rev e-car

Vauxhall: US Volt halt will not affect UK launch

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week Vauxhall has denied that parent company General Motors' move to shut down Volt production for five weeks will adversely affect the e-car's UK release. The production suspension, which will begin on 16 March, will have "absolutely no effect" on the UK launch, a Vauxhall spokeswoman told Reg Hardware. …
Tony Smith, 5 Mar 2012
GM Ampera

GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week General Motors has temporarily halted the production of its Volt e-car. Late last week, the car giant admitted it was closing down assembly of new Volts on 16 March for a five-week period. Its reason: dealers have all the vehicles they need. In other words, too few folk are buying the $33,500 (£21,177 …
Tony Smith, 5 Mar 2012
GM Ampera

GM Volt e-car battery safe, say feds

General Motors' Chevy Volt e-car does not sport a defective design, the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has judged. This week the Administration closed its formal probe, launched in November 2011, into potential problems with the Volt's battery cooling kit. Past test prangs had exposed the possibility that …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2012
Vauxhall Ampera E-Rev e-car

Vauxhall prices up Ampera e-car for Blighty

Detroit Motor Show CES 2012 Week Vauxhall has priced up the Ampera, the e-car it'll be putting in showrooms later this year. The Ampera will set punters back £29,995, though that's after knocking off the government's £5000 e-car grant contribution. The car is the European version of the Chevrolet Volt already on sale in States. Vauxhall …
GM Ampera

GM offers Volt drivers battery upgrade

General Motors has offered owners of its Volt e-car a free optional battery pack resilience upgrade in a bid to calm fears heightened after one of its cars caught fire after a crash. GM said the upgrade is intended to reduce the risk of an impact-induced coolant leak - the cause of last year's fire. In May 2011, the US …
Tony Smith, 6 Jan 2012
GM Ampera

Car safety agency sparks e-car battery probe

Two further Chevy Volt lithium-ion batteries have caught fire during tests carried out by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after a separate crash-test Volt's battery burst into flames more than three weeks after the impact. The NHTSA said it was formally opening a safety defect investigation as a result. …
Tony Smith, 28 Nov 2011
GM Ampera

E-car crash leads to battery blaze

A GM Volt e-car has burst into flames following a crash. To be fair, the crash was intentional. It was a side-impact test performed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May, but has now prompted a probe into e-car battery safety, Reuters reports. And the fire broke out more than three weeks after the …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

GM declares Ampera e-car 'production ready'

General Motors will show off what it calls the "production ready" Vauxhall Ampera at the Geneva Motor Show this week - even though the e-car won't actually go on sale here for another ten months. GM will price the Ampera at a whopping £33,995, though Brits will get £5000 of that paid by the government. And buyers won't have to …
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2011

Volt switches to smartphone maintenance

Leccy Tech General Motors (GM) has released a free smartphone application to help Chevrolet Volt owners get the most from the e-car’s battery. chevvy_volt_app_02 The Volt's smartphone app offers remote battery management features The OnStar Mobile Experience app is available for the Blackberry Storm, iPhone and Motorola Droid. GM …
Alun Taylor, 7 Jan 2010

Plug-in Prius production plan posted

Leccy Tech Toyota has finally announced that a plug-in version of its Prius hybrid will go on general sale during late 2011. plug-in_prius_01 Toyota's plug-in Prius offers greater range and speed than the original The announcement was made during the plug-in Prius’ recent official launch in Japan, where Toyota plans to ship 230 test …
Alun Taylor, 15 Dec 2009

BMW unveils futuristic Vision

Leccy Tech BMW has released details of its Vision Efficient Dynamics plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Designed to provide the performance of an M3 and the economy of a diesel Mini, Vision is powered by a hybrid power-train consisting of a 1.5l, three-cylinder …
Alun Taylor, 2 Sep 2009
US Environmental Protection Agency

Men in Green step back from GM's 230mpg Volt claim

Leccy Tech The US Environmental Protection Agency has cast a shadow over General Motors' bullish claim that the Chevy Volt - aka the Vauxhall Ampera - can do 230 miles on a single US gallon of fuel. In a statement released last night, the organisation said: "The EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore can't confirm the fuel economy …
Alun Taylor, 12 Aug 2009

GM Volt to deliver three-figure fuel economy

Leccy Tech A rather curious advert featuring the number 23 and a smiling power socket has appeared in North America over the past few weeks. Until today, nobody knew what it meant. GM_230_advert GM's Volt: first three-digit fuel economy rating? During a webcast today, General Motors’ President, Fritz Henderson, explained that 230 is …
Alun Taylor, 11 Aug 2009

GM hybrid SUV planned for 2011

Leccy Tech General Motors (GM) has claimed that, come 2011, it will become the first car manufacturer to launch a plug-in hybrid SUV in North America. Saturn_Vue_Hybrid GM's Saturn Vue hybrid (above) could influce the 2011 hybrid Buick's design and drive Since crawling its way out of bankruptcy, GM has begun outlining its e-car …
Alun Taylor, 7 Aug 2009
Opel Trixx

Vauxhall city e-car won't be 'mini Volt'

Leccy Tech Insiders have poured scorn on media reports that Vauxhall is working on a city e-car that will use a version of the Ampera - aka the Chevy Volt - electric drive train minus the range extending 1.4l petrol engine. A source close to the company told Reg Hardware that Vauxhall is indeed considering the development of a city car …
Alun Taylor, 6 May 2009
The Register breaking news

Microsoft downsizes Seadragon and Photosynth brains

Hip project names and cool logos have their price it seems, and Microsoft's Live Labs - incubator to Seadragon, Photosynth, Deepfish, and Volta - is too expensive for this economy. The company is reported to have moved people from Live Labs and distributed them among product groups within the company, reducing the facility's …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Apr 2009
Hyundai's Blue-Will

Hyundai readies Volt-style hybrid

'Leccy Tech Due to be unveiled at next month's Seoul Motor Show, the Hyundai Blue-Will is the Korean take on the plug-in parallel hybrid. Hyundai's Blue-Will Hyundai's Blue-Will... must resist the temptation to add a 'y' Odd name – what's the likelihood someone will scrawl a 'y' at the end of it? – and challenging styling aside, the …
Alun Taylor, 26 Mar 2009

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