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Chevrolet Volt Getting 10% More Range for 2013

Plug-in hybrid’s fuel efficiency also jumps to 98 MPGe.

by on Jun.07, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt will get an extra 3 miles on battery power, range jumping to 38 miles.

The Chevrolet Volt will be able to go an extra 3 miles – about 10% — further per charge when the 2013 models roll into dealer showrooms. Meanwhile, the EPA is increasing the plug-in hybrid’s rated fuel economy to 98 MPGe.

General Motors is clearly hoping that help boost demand for the Volt.  Sales have risen significantly over year-ago levels, but demand for the Volt is still lagging well behind what the Detroit maker forecast for 2012.

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The 2013 Chevy Volt will get an estimated 38 miles per charge before the plug-in’s gasoline motor fires up and takes over, an increase of 3 miles compared to the 2012 Volt.  Meanwhile, fuel economy jumps from 94 MPGe to 98.


Battery Fire Investigation Closed – But Volt’s Problems May Not Yet be Over

GM CEO to testify before Congress.

by on Jan.23, 2012

A NHTSA investigation into possible problems with the Chevy Volt battery pack has been closed.

The Chevrolet Volt got a clean bill of health, last Friday, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closing its investigation into potential problems with the plug-in hybrid’s battery pack – but that doesn’t mean General Motors’ problems with the Volt are over, as a Congressional hearing is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

The Volt controversy stems from a fire that occurred last spring, weeks after one of the battery cars went through a federal crash test.  A second Volt battery pack caught fire after being tested in November.  That triggered an investigation by the NHTSA – as well as hearings by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Republican and committee chairman Darryl Issa contending that the government agency initially tried to cover up the original fire.


Meanwhile, GM, noting that there have been no real-world reports of battery-related fires, nonetheless announced on January 5 that it will make a number of small but significant modifications to further reduce the likelihood of problems with the battery pack.


Potential Buyers Steering Clear of Volt as House Schedules Probe

GM reportedly may have fix for fire problem.

by on Dec.07, 2011

The Chevrolet Volt, shown here with its lithium-ion battery pack.

Potential buyers seem to be steering clear of the Chevrolet Volt in the wake of reports that the plug-in hybrid experienced several fires following federal crash tests – which could pose a serious problem for General Motors as it prepares for a sharp ramp-up in production for 2012.

Meanwhile, a House panel has scheduled a hearing next month to look into the safety of the Chevy Volt – and the way the Obama Administration has handled the investigation so far.  The nation’s top transportation official, despite three fires involving the Volt after testing, has declared the plug-in “safe to drive.”

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Separately, GM is reportedly studying changes to the Volt’s battery pack to prevent the possibility of fire after a crash.  Such a fix could be announced in a matter of weeks, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The crisis began last month when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first reported that a Volt it had subjected to a side-impact crash test in May caught fire three weeks later.  Another series of tests last month resulted in a second fire, with a third battery sputtering and smoking.