2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV: More Electric-Car Details Trickle Out

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV – First Drive, Portland, July 2013

A few more details on the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV electric car are starting to come into focus, including its production date and a second version to be sold in Europe.

Based on information from two separate sources in the auto industry, here’s what we now know about Chevy’s next all-electric car.

It will be an electric conversion of the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, as previously reported in August.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013

And it will replace the Chevrolet Spark EV compliance

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Bob Lutz: Volt’s Electric Tech Should’ve Gone Into Escalade First

2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Ex-GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz played an instrumental part in getting Chevrolet’s range-extended electric car, the Volt, to market.

So important was his role that he’s often considered the “father of the Volt”–but at the Detroit Auto Show, Lutz has said that he’d not have launched the car’s technology in that package.

Autocar reports (via Autoblog Green) that Lutz would have started with a vehicle that’s anything but green, the Cadillac Escalade.

“If I had my time again at GM then I would have started with the Cadillac Escalade for the range-extender technology, and brought the Volt in later,” he said.

“The more gas-guzzling the vehicle, the more economic sense of electrifying it.”

It perhaps isn’t surprising that Lutz’s comments come as his current project, Via Motors, launched a range of electric

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2015 Kia Soul EV: Animals, Electrons, Maroon 5 (Video)

2015 Kia Soul EV launch at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Well, it’s about time: An electric-car maker is using straight-out sex appeal to market a new electric car.

Even if it is, errrmmmm, rodent sex appeal.

A new video posted last Wednesday uses Kia’s now-familiar supersized hamsters to market the new 2015 Kia Soul EV.

DON’T MISS: 2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show

The Korean brand’s first-ever battery-electric car for the U.S. entered production in June and will reach selected dealers within a month or two.

2015 Kia Soul EV enters production

2015 Kia Soul EV enters production

“Suspenders? Check. Hi-tech lasers? Check. Holograms and dancing

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Plug-in electric car sales in July: Volt passes 100,000 with strong numbers (more updates)

2017 Chevrolet Volt

2017 Chevrolet Volt

Last month marked a major milestone for U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars: the 100,000th Chevrolet Volt was delivered.

It’s the first car with a plug in any segment to reach 100,000 units, and Chevy’s justified in celebrating the occasion with a press release and a bit of fanfare.

Both the Volt and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric hatchback went on sale in December 2010, and the Leaf led the Volt in total sales for a majority of the five and a half years since then.

DON’T MISS: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to ship to dealers before end of year

But the well received second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid—winner of the Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy award—has surged past the Leaf, outselling it for each of the last 10 months.

Volt sales in July were a whopping 2,406,

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Plug-in electric car sales in Dec: 2016 best year yet, Bolt EV launches, Model S record (update)

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyers, Fremont, California: Bobby Edmonds, Bill Mattos, Steve Henry

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyers, Fremont, California: Bobby Edmonds, Bill Mattos, Steve Henry

As sales results trickled in from automakers earlier this month, industry analysts waited to see whether enough buyers signed on the line to make 2016 a new record sales year.

They did: a record total of 17.55 million new passenger cars and light trucks were sold last year, narrowly beating the 17.47 million sold in 2015.

And the surge was led almost exclusively by crossover utility vehicles and light trucks; passenger cars were stable or down across every segment.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe: Free Home Charging Station Included

2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck

2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck

When the price of the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe was announced last October–it’s $75,995–the gasps and shrieking could be heard throughout the plug-in electric car world.

Yesterday, Cadillac sweetened the pot a bit: It said it would offer a “complimentary” 240-Volt Level 2 home charging station, and the installation to go with it, to “early buyers” of the 2014 ELR.

MORE: FINAL UPDATE: Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2013 Near Double Previous Year’s

We’ve reached out to Cadillac to get more clarity on exactly how it will define who qualifies as an early buyer–whether it’s limited to a specific time window or to a specific number of vehicles delivered.

[UPDATE: Brian Corbett of Cadillac clarified that the offer applies to the first 1,000 buyers of the 2014 Cadillac ELR.]

“Professional installation

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Plug-in Electric Car Sales in Canada, Sep 2014: Smart Deals Move Wheels

Smart Electric Drive, University of British Columbia campus, Vancouver [pohto: Matthew Klippenstein]

Smart Electric Drive, University of British Columbia campus, Vancouver [pohto: Matthew Klippenstein]

During September, another 145 Chevrolet Volts were sold in Canada–continuing the slow but steady arrival of plug-in electric cars onto the nation’s roads.

While this would ordinarily be enough to crown Chevy’s range-extended electric car with another first-place sales finish for the month, the coronation will have to wait, for two reasons.

First, the Smart Electric Drive has surged on the back of generous incentives in recent months.

August sales crested at 133. Now, a promotion that takes C$3,000 off the price means the car can be purchased for as little as C$15,490 when coupled with provincial incentives of C$8,500.

DON’T MISS: U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Sept: Leaf Up

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2016 Chevrolet Volt To Get Three-Cylinder Range Extender: Report

2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

2013 Chevrolet Volt – Driven, December 2012

Range-extended electric cars are a great idea, mixing clean electric running for the majority of drivers’ commutes, with an extra few hundred miles of gasoline running for those longer trips.

As we alluded to last week though, the engine isn’t always perfectly optimized for its task, often a standard car unit designed for standard car requirements.

That could change with the next Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR, which Edmunds reports may get a smaller, three-cylinder engine in place of the current car’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder.

It’s part of a plan to reduce both the fuel consumption and weight of GM vehicles by 2016, and the new engine would see service in a facelifted Volt, due in 2015.

Sources suggest the new

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2014 Cadillac ELR: Gorgeous, Too-Pricey Electric Luxury Coupe

2014 Cadillac ELR test car in New York's Hudson Valley, March 2014

2014 Cadillac ELR test car in New York’s Hudson Valley, March 2014

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: The 2014 Cadillac ELR is rather more than a “tarted-up Volt,” in the words of more than one commentator.

It’s a quiet, smooth, adequately powerful and very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior, and it runs on GM’s most advanced range-extended electric powertrain.

2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck

2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit-Hamtramck

On the other hand, it’s effectively a two-person compact car–and it appears to be priced about $30,000 too high.

As Consumer Reports concluded in December, the ELR coupe is simply “priced out of its league.”


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