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Ground-breaking electric Chevrolet Volt runs out of juice

As their company was swirling around the financial drain in the early 2000s, General Motors executives came up with an idea to counter its gas-guzzling image and point the way to transportation of the future: an electric car with a gas-engine backup that could travel anywhere.

Plugged into future

Three charging stations for electric cars in Spokane will be upgraded in the coming weeks for faster service – in time for the first modern electric cars from major manufacturers to be delivered to Spokane customers. Last year, Avista installed 120-volt charging stations, the same power as the typical wall outlet, at Spokane City Hall, Avista headquarters on Mission Avenue and the downtown Steam Plant, which is owned by the power company. The stations will be upgraded to 240 volts by April 22, Earth Day, at $1,000 per station.

Auction for first Chevrolet Volt off the line is under way

DETROIT – The first production of the Chevrolet Volt has rolled off the assembly line at a General Motors Co. factory in Detroit, but anyone who wants to buy the electric-drive vehicle is going to have to bid for it. The Volt – bearing the vehicle identification number ending in BU100002 – will be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefitting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, the automaker said. Details on the auction can be found at Volt.CharityBuzz.com. Bidding ends Dec. 14.

Buzz Kill? Running electric vehicles not as simple as plug and go

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You’ve reserved your electric vehicle and can’t wait to zip around town in an all-electric Nissan Leaf, plug-in Chevrolet Volt or one of the other models soon to hit the road. But choosing the EV that’s right for you is just the first step. You will need a reliable place to charge up your electric car, and for most people that means getting a charging station installed in their garage – a process likely to require a permit and signoff from your local building inspector.