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Carmakers’ Commitment to Electric Cars: Brand-by-Brand Review

Carmakers’ Commitment to Electric Cars: Brand-by-Brand Review

G.M. bounced back from its role as the nemesis of EV advocates—after infamously killing and crushing the EV1 a decade ago. That resurrection mostly came in the form of the Chevrolet Volt , its highly publicized extended-range electric car. Top executives trumpeted the Volt as a “game changer.” The General sells 2,000 to 3,000 Volts a month, but the car has not become a powerhouse of the electric car market. (If there’s an EV halo, it goes to Tesla.) So, if the extended-range EV technology—which provides nearly 40 miles of electric driving before a gas engine is used—was truly transformative, we might have seen it by now in other models. Unfortunately, the second car to use the system—the $76,000 Cadillac ELR —while looking cool when viewed from across the street, is considered an overpriced luxury coupe adorned with gimmicky bells and whistles, rather than a true contender...

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