Last month, GM decided that it would be kinda fun to send some journalists from Vermont to Maine in a squad of Chevy Volts. For some reason, they decided that I would be one of those journalists. They couldn't have known that I've been following the Volt for years, from the introduction of the original, awesome concept to the toned-down production model through all the powertrain and battery controversy to the ultimate commercial release. So now that you can actually go out and buy a Chevy Volt, should you? It's a unique type of car: not quite gas, and not quite electric. Or maybe it's both. Either way, we'll be taking you through all 500 miles of our impressions, so let's get started.
GM's new front center airbag explodes out of the side of your seat like a chestburster out of Alien. But it's a friendly chestburster that's designed to keep you from cracking your noggin open like a hard boiled egg the next time someone t-bones your ride.
General Motors has a lot invested in the Chevy Volt, both financially and as a model for the company's vision going forward. Now that they've got this whole fancy hybrid electric drivetrain figured out, they're starting to find other things to stuff it into, and first up is a fancy new Cadillac concept made real.
Until electric cars evolve beyond the need for gigantic battery packs, we're going to end up lots of batteries that have reached the end of their lifespan. This doesn't mean that all those batteries are destined for the scrap heap, though, and GM has some creative ideas on how to reuse them.
The Hummer, once a proud symbol of extreme suburban excess, was well known for two things: being obnoxiously large, and having gas mileage inversely proportional to its size. The latest officially licensed Hummers are small electric "resort vehicles," stripping away everything anyone could want from a Hummer, except obnoxiousness.
Now that GM has sold a thousand of their Volt plug-in hybrids, they're starting to get feedback from owners about how the cars are performing in day-to-day use, and here's the number you care about: people get an average of 1,000 miles between fill-ups.
As if we don't already have enough distractions in our cars. GM is planning to roll out a new version of their OnStar system that lets you send and receive live Facebook updates.
When we first saw GM's EN-V (Electronic Networked Vehicles), they looked like yet another far-fetched design concept, but now the company's rolled out a video that shows the prototypes in action. These 25mph two-wheeling electrics balance with the same technology...
Like GM's Puma and a slew of other personal mobility concepts before it, Honda's three-wheeled 3R-C is all about getting one person around in style. As a "pod car," it's nice and small and would run entirely off lithium batteries....
It turns out that the Chevy Volt is not the only electric car GM is working on. Using the Volt's same Voltec electric drivetrain, GM also plans to roll out the Cadillac Converj, which will reportedly look much like the...