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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

General Motors has started testing its new Chevy electric prototype at its Milford Proving Ground – where its data centre is powered by the firm's own vehicles' recycled batteries. It seems GM is well ahead of Tesla in rolling out its distance-driving electric car. The upcoming Chevy Bolt is due to go on sale during 2017, and …
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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
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Electric 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

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

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
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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
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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
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UK to get Vauxhall Ampera a year after the rest of Europe

'Leccy Tech General Motors Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster this week finally took the wraps off the final design of the Opel Ampera - aka the Chevrolet Volt - range-extended electric vehicle. GM Ampera GM's Ampera: Opel favoured over Vauxhall? Everything looks much as we expected from the various teaser shots that have been circulating …
Alun Taylor, 5 Mar 2009
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Euro-style GM Volt design revealed

'Leccy Tech Thanks to the folks at the EU Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market we can now see the how the Opal Ampera will differ from the Chevrolet Volt. As suggested by the first glimpse of the Ampera, what we Europeans are going to get is essentially the Volt but with the sleek nose and funky headlight clusters of the 2007 …
Alun Taylor, 20 Feb 2009
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GM's Lutz shows luxury 'leccy Cadillac

'Leccy Tech In what must be one of the most unlikely announcements ever made at a motor show, a sleek extended range EV coupé concept has been unveiled by... Cadillac. Called the Converj and designed by British designer Simon Cox, the frankly rather impressive Cadi concept uses the same running gear as the Chevrolet Volt – now being …
Alun Taylor, 12 Jan 2009

Merseyside plant to punch out Chevy Volt

'Leccy Tech The Chevy Volt looks set to be made in the UK at the Vauxhall production line at Ellesmere Port, it has been claimed. If the plan goes ahead, Volts could be flowing off the Merseyside production line early in 2011, Autocar magazine reports. GM Chevy Volt GM's Chevy Volt: set to ship under Vauxhall flag? Moles from General …
Alun Taylor, 3 Dec 2008

Swiss Mindset reveals E-Motion sports EV

'Leccy Tech New pictures have emerged of Swiss car company Mindset's electric fast-back coupé type thing-a-me-jig, the E-Motion. Mindset E-Motion Mindset's E-Motion: not good for baldies... An extended-range leccy vehicle like the Chevy Volt, the E-Motion will be driven by a 70kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that will …
Alun Taylor, 1 Dec 2008

Volt is 'go' for Oz as charging-point deal unveiled

'Leccy Tech Following on from its antipodean appearance at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the Chevy Holden Volt is coming to Oz. And Australian power company AGL is going to put in charging infrastructure. We're a little saddened that the Outback may soon cease to reverberate to the bellow of V8-engined Holden …
Alun Taylor, 27 Oct 2008
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UK Govt to spend £100m on three-city electric car trial

'Leccy Tech On a slightly smaller scale than the planned 'leccy infrastructure roll out Down Under, the British Government will this week announce it is planning to fork out £100m in order to test electric cars and vans in three cities. Details are vague at the moment, but the idea seems to be to invite tenders from car makers to supply …
Alun Taylor, 27 Oct 2008

Chrysler plans electric car production model

'Leccy Tech Chrysler look set to follow General Motors and put its own electric car into production in 2010 based on the four-door ecoVoyager concept it showed off earlier this year. At the time, Chrysler claimed the entirely electric ecoVoyager will have a range of 300 miles. Put that in your Volt and smoke it, GM. To be fair to GM, its …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2008

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