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Federal Tax Credit Changing for Chevy Bolt EV & Volt

Purchase before March 31 to be eligible for the full tax credit of $7,500
Looking to purchase a new Chevrolet Bolt EV or Volt? Now is the time – before the federal tax credit changes! In order to be eligible for the full federal tax credit of $7,500*, the vehicle must be purchased and delivered by March 31. After that, the federal tax credit amount will go down to $3,750* *Each person’s tax situation is unique. Consult your tax professional prior to claiming any tax-related credits.   Click here for more information • Shop Runde Auto Group new Chevy Volts The Volt is a high-tech plugin hybird that offers efficiency, state-of-the-art technology and safety features. 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery Voltec® electric drive system [...]
Curious as to what ever happened to those Chevy Volt batteries that are supposed to be replaced every 10 years? Let me ask you another question… Ever get upset when the lights go out due to a power outage? How’s this for two birds with one stone – the extracted Volt batteries can be used to power the lights in your house when there is a power outage! Sounds pretty crazy – a battery powering the lights in an entire house!? But according to Chevrolet, who teamed up with Duke Energy, packaging five Volt lithium-ion batteries into a single unit could give approximately two hours of electricity to 3-5 average U.S. homes.  The power from the unit outputs 25 kilowatt-hours of power and 50 kilowatt-hours of energy. “This is an industry first to be able to do secondary automotive batteries in a grid-based application,” said Pablo Valencia, [...]
What do you think of when you hear the word sustainable?  Nowadays we toss around the word “green” so frequently because the word itself has become hip, chic or très moderne, yet it’s actually somewhat difficult to define what being “green” totally encompasses in its true and purest essence.  Sustainability is one of the core components of being “green” – direct definition (from www.merriam-webster.com):” a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.”  It’s using, and re-using, our resources to make environmentally sound methods for production of practically anything that will help us improve quality of life and earth. The best of the best in terms of sustainability in vehicles was realized by GM with the recent release of the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt, [...]
I was reading an article from CNNMoney that was saying the new Chevy Volt didn’t rank as one of the top ten “greenest” cars in America.  Now based on all that I have learned about the Volt so far, I found this very hard to believe.  The Volt is primarily an electric car that can travel for about 40 miles on just the power produced from the lithium ion battery pack following a 10 hour overnight charge from a regular 110V outlet (or 4 hours from an installed Voltec 240V charger). I just don’t understand why the CNNMoney article and other articles are disrespecting the Volt.  I live about 6-7 miles from work and if I had a Volt, I could drop off my kids at school and daycare and then head to work each day.  My [...]
2011 officially marks the 100th year for Chevrolet. 100 years is quite a bit of time for any business to stay up and running. But boy, is it running smooth. Through the years Chevrolet has become a leader in the automotive industry and only shows signs of growing stronger. Lets take a look back to see how it all started. GM was started by automotive marketer William C. Durant in 1908. Through the years Durant took notice of the famous racer, Louis Chevrolet, as he set the land-speed record in 1905 for reaching 111 MPH in a special open race car. Durant hired Chevrolet to do big races and promotional drives for his company. Being cast out from the company he founded, Durant left GM in 1910 and got together with Mr. Chevrolet and some of [...]
Some people don’t like football. To some, maybe that comes as a shock … to others, maybe you feel some comfort knowing you’re not alone. Fan of football or not, the Super Bowl always finds a way to conjure interest from both parties through the magic of commercials. During the Super Bowl, commercials (which were once thought to be a major annoyance to tv viewers) become one of the major highlights. We love the commercials, they are like mini-movies, and we know that they are going to be good considering how much these companies are spending to have that air time (roughly $3,000,000 per 30 seconds of air-time, that’s $100,000 per second!). This year’s commercial amusement was no disappointment either. To celebrate another great year of costly advertising, we grabbed some of our favorite vehicle related commercials and put them here for your entertainment. For [...]
Here’s a walkaround video of the Volt that demonstrates how the car operates. It also shows some good up-close views of the car. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5mOs41lm9Y&fs=1&hl=en_US] But how does the Volt stack up agains the all-electric Nissan Leaf or a traditional hybrid like the Toyota Prius? I think the following vid does a good job of explaining that the Volt is a unique car right now and there is nothing out there that is exactly like it. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_FSkIsSh10&fs=1&hl=en_US] Of course, each and every car buyer will choose the vehicle that best meets their needs (or wants). The Volt may not be the ideal car for everyone, but it is a very nice option — an option that buyers never had before now. As to which car is better or the best, I think it all depends on each buyer’s specific situation. Apples vs. oranges vs. bananas.
If you haven’t been in the know, then you’d be excited to know that Motor Trend has placed its highest honor to none other than the Chevrolet Volt. Winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year (COTY) is no easy task. With 21 vehicles to compete with and a week of intensive testing on various roads and conditions the Volt proved, time and again, that it was the leader of the group. The following video shows the testing they put these vehicles through and what they look for in their pick for Car of the Year . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEKaSaIEZNg&feature=channel] With most COTY winners Motor Trend generally has something nice to say about their pick as [...]
Here’s a little follow-up on how the “Extended Range” mode works in the Volt. Also enjoy the video of a fire team testing out how the Volt will bend, break, and tear apart if it happens to get into an accident. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CnzLBlwlk8] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn_Qtll4ruU]
The Volt is just about here and Earth is anxiously waiting for its eco-friendly arrival. Why not help out the environment while experiencing one of the most high-tech rides of all-time.  And at the same time, you can save some green in gas $$$ for driving green? It all seems like a win-win to me. You know what else, though? The fact that if you buy the Volt you could be going home to a professionally installed 240-volt charge station. The Volt runs in one of three ways. 1. All electric – up to 40 miles on a single charge. 2. Extended range capability (gas/electric mixed) – designed to drive up to 350 miles without stopping to recharge or refuel. 3. Gasoline – will last another 300 miles. Needless to say, the Volt won’t be seen filling up too frequently [...]
When it comes to vehicle safety, there really is no room for shortcuts and compromise. If you are in the process of purchasing a vehicle, then you’re trusting that it will unquestionably keep you, your significant other, family, friends, Fido and whoever might be riding along with you … safe. It is probably something most people don’t think about too much (as long as it has one of those nifty “five-star crash rating” tags on it),  but wouldn’t you want to know how the manufacturer goes about their safety tests to help ensure that they are protecting you from situations that you can’t even fathom?  To get a little inside look, here are a few behind-the-scenes videos of what Chevy is doing with the new electric Volt at their crash test sites. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcxPMnhz988&feature=player_embedded#at=149] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3FUlqToriE&feature=player_embedded]
The McCormick building – Where the magic happens. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and go on record saying the Chicago Auto Show is the auto lovers’ candy store.  The autos are eye candy for kids of all ages. “Bake me up a fresh batch of those Chevy’s, Candyman!!!”  Walking in the entrance to the show floor, it becomes overwhelming to think which direction to go first. Shortly after glancing over the offerings, it becomes apparent that your hours are turning into minutes and that the closing time of 10pm is far from fair. For those of you who couldn’t make the show, have no fear! Runde’s has you covered! Over the next week or so look forward to a review of the Auto Show, starting today with a few vehicles that were on display from Chevy. Check [...]
From playing games, to converting practically any measurement you need at the click of a button. The new spawn of smart phones and gadgets are, needless to say, impressive. ‘But what’s next?’ you may be asking yourself as you scroll through the thousands and thousands of apps available from the Apple and Verizon store. Well, I have the answer for you, and is it oh-soooo-sweet. Imagine waking up mid-winter to start your day. It’s so cold outside, the last thing you look forward to is feeling your freezing hair rub against your skin on the drive to work. Fear no more, as the latest and greatest thing for your phone since being able to put 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” as a customizable ringtone, is (nearly) here with GM and OnStar’s Volt  Mobile Apps . With this new app, you are able to control several things on your Volt straight from your phone, including: remote control start, lock and [...]
If you are familiar with the show: Top Gear, you know that the boys, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are in charge of completing a mission in every episode. In a recent episode they were challenged to create their own answer to the Chevy Volt. And boy, did they. With an elegant plywood and sheet-metal exterior and an interior packed with lawn-chairs, semi-detached radio and rotatable windshield the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust gives the Volt has some fierce competition. The thing almost runs 30mph, has absurdly oversensitive steering and whoever drives it seems to appreciate the value of safety and life to a whole new level after getting out. We’ll have to wait and see how the Volt does when it comes out. But if it’s even half as good as the i-Thrust, we can all be looking forward to something great. Here is a review of the i-Thrust as well as a race [...]
Who didn’t like to color as a kid? Getting those books of pre-made art for you to fill in with color between the lines (or, at least in my case, outside of the lines) was awesome. Meet your new coloring book – the Chevy Volt, once released, will come in this nice grayish-blue with a hint of greenish color… “Wait, what’s the  color called” you might be asking yourself? Well, my friend, that is entirely up to you… or someone else that thought of a cooler name than you. While the coloring may have already been done, it’s up to you to label the color with a name.  GM is offering you a trip to drive the one of the first Volts just for giving a name to the color of the Volt above. But that is just a building block, just think of how impressed Crayola will be with your resume after finding out you named a major manufacturer’s car color? You’d [...]
The Volt sure does look better and better every time new footage of it gets released. Check out that interior! Lookin’ sharp, Chevy. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYn8D4kvhkg&feature=player_embedded]
The Chevy Volt is something different and new, naturally you probably have some questions about the vehicle and how it all works. Well, to your luck, the Chief Engineer behind the Chevy Volt – Andrew Farah, answered several great questions about the Volt in the following Q&A. 4:02 [Comment From Scott ] How was the drive and how does it compare to other hybrids such as the insight and prius? 4:04 Andrew Farah:  Clearly I enjoyed the significantly longer EV distance that is available with the Volt.   I had to drive quite some distance before the engine came on, even though I didn’t start with a full charge.   By comparison, our chassis is much more sporty than either of the other vehicles. 4:05 [Comment From Augie Churchill ] Mr. Farah, Do you [...]
You know you’ve seen them all over the place, the self-accliamed rock stars and vocalists of the roads. People listening to music so good that it makes them want to impress their audience of steering wheel, cup holder and bobble head characters with beautiful mumbled lyrics and cracking voice. Well now you can be inspired to rock even harder, and not feel as bad of energy waste, with the energy efficient Bose system being implemented in the New 2011 Chevy Volt. Prospective buyers of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will have an option to have a new, ultra-efficient Bose stereo. The stereo uses 50% less energy than equivalent bose systems in cars of similar size according to Chevy. By using parts that are 30% smaller and 40% lighter wired through unique circuitry the system will sound top notch. Opting for the Bose system instead of the stock Volt stereo will net a efficiency equivilent of 50 pounds’ mass reduction according to vehicle line executive Frank Weber. So not only will you have one of the [...]
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