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The "blue" Tesla Model S sedan sits on display in the parking lot at Tesla Headquarters on Friday July 13, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle / SF

Commentary: On electric plug-in cars, men and women two different sides of same coin

In a study based on two sets of focus groups conducted in 2011 and 2012, it was revealed that women and men engaged their electric cars differently despite having similar driving experiences.
A Chevrolet Volt undergoes a quality inspection on the production line at a General Motors assembly plant in Michigan on Nov. 30, 2010. (AP file photo/Paul Sancya)

Government closes Volt probe, says car is safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it’s closing the probe and believes the Volt and other electric cars don’t pose a greater risk of fire than gas-powered vehicles.

Chevy Volt crash test fire prompts battery probe

U.S. auto-safety regulators are examining the safety of lithium-ion batteries that power all plug-in electric vehicles after a General Motors Co. (GM) Chevrolet Volt caught fire, people familiar with the probe said.
The Chevrolet Spark fuel efficient mini-car makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, March 3, 2009. The Chevrolet Spark will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2011. (Photo by Axel Wierdemann for General Motors)

GM plans electric version of Chevy Spark for 2013

The electric Spark will go on sale in 2013 in select markets, following the 2012 introduction of the gas-burning version, the automaker said today during a media event at its Detroit headquarters commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet brand. A123 Systems Inc., based in Waltham, Massachusetts, will supply batteries for the electric vehicle.

What electric/hybrid vehicles are most likely to succeed?

Several car companies are set to release new electric/hybrid models in the coming years, but which cars have the best chance of winning over the hearts of Americans?
(Photo: Chevrolet)

Chevy releases funny new TV ads for Volt

In response to Nissan’s gas powered everything ads, Chevrolet has released its own advertisements for the Volt, hoping to boost sales for its all-electric vehicle.
The Whole Foods Market Montrose has two electric car charging stations in Houston. (Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle)

Rapid growth for electric vehicle charging stations expected in U.S.

Electric vehicle charging stations will be more prevalent in the United States by 2017 as cost for the charging stations drop, according to new report by Pike Research released today.

Deja Volt: Test driving Chevy's new electric vehicle*

The Chevy Volt looks and drives a lot like other new cars and less like an alternative vehicle — which is the idea.