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GM Kills Off A Top-Selling Segment Leader - The Chevy Volt

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Most of the plants around here have been converted to natural gas and more are slated to go that way.  But it's coal in many other parts of the country though. 

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Those news from GM are slightly confusing. f you ask me, it sounds like the volt was just a test vehicle for greater things to come. Electric vehicles are going to explode. 

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