GM slashes Volt price tag

General Motors has cut the price of next year’s model of its plug-in hybrid electric car, the Chevy Volt, by around $1,000 to $39,995 — bringing the car’s price closer to its now rival, the pure plug-in electric Nissan Leaf.

Oregon dots interstate with electric car charging stations

Oregon is the next state that will distribute electric car charging stations to alleviate some of the crippling range concerns that pure electric cars face when trying to attract mainstream car buyers.

U.S. government scores a discount on home-grown Chevy Volt

The U.S. government is purchasing 116 plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles for its vehicle fleet — and it is picking up a nice discount on General Motors’ Chevy Volt, the same company it made a significant investment in to prevent the car manufacturer from failing.

Toyota bets big on hybrids, no pure electric car in sight

Toyota has unveiled a new line-up of hybrid electric Prius cars designed to attract more mainstream buyers to the fuel-efficient cars. The new models include a hatchback Prius v and a cheaper compact hybrid-electric car called the Prius c.

San Francisco will juice your electric car for free

The city of San Francisco, Calif., will install electric vehicle charging stations in publicly-owned garages and at San Francisco International Airport by the end of the year that drivers can use for free until 2013.

Nissan Leaf slides past Chevy Volt in April sales

Nissan’s plug-in electric car, the Leaf, outsold General Motors’ Volt electric car for the first time in April — the first results of Nissan aggressively expanding its production of the Leaf to meet an almost insatiable demand for the electric car.

GM pulls back Volt supply to deploy more demo models

General Motors will deploy more Volt electric vehicles as demonstration models in a move to drum up publicity for the car — though it will further limit an already strained supply amid voracious demand for electric cars.

JD Power: Battery, hybrid-electric cars are overhyped

Plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles are over-hyped and won’t meet many car companies’ 2020 sales targets, according to global marketing information firm JD Power & Associates.

Google Maps adds electric car charging station locations

Google will display the locations of electric vehicle charging stations on its Google Maps web and mobile applications in an attempt to push potential electric car buyers to take the plunge.

My Hummer isn’t electric? IRS details false tax credit claims

During the first half of 2010, nearly 13,000 U.S. taxpayers wrongly claimed a staggering $33 million under the electric tax credit incentive scheme, a Treasury Department inspector general report has revealed.

Which is selling better: Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf?

The first business day of every month is when automakers release sales data for the previous month. Today, we got January’s sales figures, which are an improvement over last January’s.

Cars connected to the cloud: The all-electric Nissan Leaf

In a move that shows off the latest push among automakers to bring cars to the digital age, Airbiquity and Hitachi Automotive Systems showcased a connected services technology system for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today.

GM leads Nissan in December electric car sales as supply trickles in

Chevy’s electric hybrid vehicle, the Volt, beat out the cheaper Nissan Leaf in electric car sales in the last month of 2010 as each manufacturer struggled to keep up with demand for their newest rides, the Associated Press reported today.

VentureBeat’s best and worst of cleantech in 2010

It’s been quite a year for energy-related investments and other ventures looking to make some green from green. Here’s a look back on the biggest successes and flops of 2010.

Will charging infrastructure be the electric car’s speed bump?

This year — and next — will be a busy one for arrival of electric cars. The Ford Focus Electric and Coda’s sedan are slated for launch by 2011. The Nissan Leaf is slowly making its way to buyers in the U.S. and Europe, the Wheego Whip and LiFe are on sale in New York, and the partially electric Chevrolet Volt is on dealer lots now.

Last-minute green gifts for cleantech fans

This year has seen the launch of a number of cool green gadgets and gizmos — it’s also been a big year for electric car launches. If you want to put something really green under the tree, here are some ideas that may inspire you — and that also show how green has become a big business, targeting consumers’ desire for sustainability at a range of price points.

Ding-ding-ding! Electric cars likely to be required to make noise

In one particularly hilarious scene in the TV show Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker’s soccer mom/drug dealer character inspires a scary drug lord to buy several Toyota Priuses after he successfully carries out a drive-by shooting while riding in hers. The selling point? The quietness of the hybrid.