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There's no question that Portland, Ore. is a place full of people who care about the environment. As we have previously reported, Portland is home to numerous examples of electric vehicle infrastructure, such as Electric Avenue near Portland State University and the West Coast Green Highway.
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Chevrolet Volt owner

The Chevrolet Volt is meeting and exceeding EPA electric-driving range estimates, as owners are reporting driving an average of 900 miles or more without refueling.
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Translogic NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

This year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit was marked by optimism. The industry is coming off a successful year, selling roughly 14.5 million units, and 2013 looks to be even better. And there's no place to better to show off the bright future of the automobile than under the bright lights in Detroit. Here are some of our favorites:
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Chevy MyLink with Apple Siri

General Motors announced Tuesday that forthcoming Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models will offer Siri integration. Chevy's MyLink infotainment system will work with Apple's virtual personal assistant via Bluetooth connection. Once a compatible iPhone is paired with the car, drivers simply press the voice activation button on the steering wheel to begin interacting with Siri.

To further combat distracted driving, MyLink will operate Siri in "Eyes Free" mode, meaning that the iPhone's screen will be disabled, even if a query would normally prompt Siri to display text or a webpage under normal operation. Siri will be able to place hands-free calls and texts, read messages aloud, access and add calendar appointments and, of course, play music and media from iTunes.

"It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands," said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars.

Apple first announced Siri "Eyes Free" vehicle integration at the company's WWDC keynote in June. GM will first offer the technology on the Chevrolet Spark 1LT and 2LT and Sonic LTZ and RS models, but we're certain others--both at GM and across the automotive landscape--will soon follow.
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Chevy Volt

No matter what the outcome of the investigation into a recent Chevrolet Volt fire following an NHTSA crash test, the discussion about the Volt and its battery is already proving useful.
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Chevy has announced an all-electric version of their forthcoming Spark mini-car, for sale in select domestic and worldwide markets beginning in 2013. California is the only region specifically confirmed in the press release from General Motors.
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

There are countless elements that determine the success of a sports car: handling, braking, styling, to name a few. But, in order to be considered a truly great high performance vehicle, there is one absolute neccesty: a truly great high performance powerplant. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 delivers with a supercharged LS9 6.2L "Small Block" engine. While some might debate the validity of applying the Small Block moniker to an LS engine, Chevy believes you can draw a direct line between these modern mammoths and the original Small Block introduced over half a century ago.
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1960 Chevy Corvette

1960 Chevrolet Corvette and the evolution of the small-block V8 engine
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Chevy Volt gets charged from the sun.

The best part about plug-in cars is when the energy coming from the socket is renewable. With more solar-powered charging stations on the way, EVs look to have an even greater impact on reducing our dependance on fossil fuels. GM has recently begun installing these solar-powered charging canopies at two U.S. dealerships with 22 more on the way. The coolest part is they're free for any electric vehicle driver.
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Chevrolet Malibu aerodynamic engineer

This week's episode of TRANSLOGIC features Suzy Cody, a GM Aerodynamic Development Engineer who also happens to have blue hair and participate in a Roller Derby league. When not lacing 'em up as "Shovey Camaro," Cody is working diligently on improving the fuel economy of vehicles in the wind tunnel at the GM Tech Center.
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2011 NYIAS

Every year about 1 million people attend the NY Auto Show and one of the reasons is that the show often features the latest in environmentally friendly cars and trucks.
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Powermat-equipped Chevrolet Volt

Earlier this week, General Motors announced plans to invest $5 million in Powermat, and here at CES we stopped by the wireless charging company's stand to check out a prototype system installed in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

If you're familiar with inductive charging or any of Powermat's products, the basic concept and hardware are completely unchanged: an inductive charging pad is fitted aft of the shifter and when you place a smartphone or other small electronic device equipped with the Powermat backing plate onto the mat it starts charging almost immediately. Powermat installed two pads in the Volt – one in front and another, larger mat in back – and when you place your device onto the pad, it magnetically snaps into place, a convenient bi-product of the inductive system.

Powermat claims that wireless charging is just as efficient as traditional wired charging, although they don't offer any definitive figures. Regardless, GM wants to offer the system on all its products next year, so start looking for the option box on all new 2012 models.

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The EPA has finally weighed in with its (long awaited) fuel economy numbers for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. While the results are impressive – 93 and 99 miles per gallon equivalent for each of the two vehicles, respectively – the more important story is that consumers are likely to remain confused about just how fuel-efficient this new automotive technology is.
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All the controversy surrounding the Chevy Volt's unique drivetrain raises a bigger issue: Why would GM mislead the media for months about how it really works? Why does the company refuse to call the Volt a plug-in hybrid, the most obvious and accurate description of the car?
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