New Volt speeding our way, and other EV news

Dear Reader,

We won’t be getting our first complete look at the new model Chevrolet Volt until January, but General Motors has been teasing us with images showing some refining of the car’s exterior.2016 Volt teaser

The auto press, on the other hand, is already buzzing with reports that the 2016 model will be less expensive and with a much longer range on battery power.

When GM shows off the 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, they will be boasting about the car’s expected 200-mile range per charge, according to rumors reported in Automobile magazine this month.

The move represents the company’s stated ambition to be a global leader in electric vehicle sales by increasing vehicle range and keeping costs low enough to undercut competitors offering other electrics and plug-in hybrids.

As for me, I’m just happy to know that GM is continuing to invest in the Volt, the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S., and the one with the highest customer-satisfaction ratings for any vehicle GM has ever sold.

And I’m especially delighted because the Chevy Volts are assembled right here in Michigan, providing good jobs for Michigan workers, less expensive transportation options for Michigan consumers, and cleaner air for Michigan’s children.

That’s good news all around.

Thanks for all you do.

Charles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center

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