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Published: June 30, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , Green Daily 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery Let’s get one thing perfectly clear: the 2011 Chevrolet Volt does NOT have a direct mechanical connection between the engine and wheels. Ever since a report last week in the Telegraph indicating that the Volt/Opel Ampera could drive the wheels directly at highway speeds, this controversy has started to bubble up
Published: June 29, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM , Opel Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery General Motors recently started letting European journalists behind the wheel of prototype versions of the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera which is the re-nosed version of the Chevrolet Volt . While those of us on this side of the pond that have driven the Volt have been restricted to driving around cone courses in parking lots, Europeans are driving on public roads and at high speeds. The cars being driven Europe have the same “65 percent” calibration level that we drove
Published: May 4, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM , Green Daily Chevrolet Orlando concept – Click above for high-res image gallery If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the chance to buy a seven-passenger, Voltec-powered minivan crossover, you’ll have to wait a lot.
Published: April 23, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Chevrolet , GM , Green Daily 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery Believers in the extended-range electric vehicle (ER-EV, aka plug-in hybrid) technology utilized in the upcoming Chevy Volt like to think that the Voltec powerplant could be adapted for use in all kinds of vehicles. We’ve heard remarks about how perfect it would be to have a Voltec-powered truck and even ideas of a micro-car with ER-EV setup squeezed inside. Honestly, we like many of the ideas and believe that plug-in hybird (PEHV) technology is a great bridge between the internal combustion engine and battery-powered vehicles, but how many vehicles are suited for and could accommodate General Motors ‘s Voltec powertrain?
Published: April 19, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Chevrolet Chevrolet Voltec CUV design patent – Click above for high-res image gallery The media previews for the 2010 Beijing Motor Show are happening at the end of this week and, assuming a certain Icelandic volcano doesn’t upset the atmosphere further, we expect to be on hand. One of the possible debuts is a new Chevrolet -badged MPV concept
Published: November 18, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM Chevy Volt going through a shake test as part of its durability evaluation – Click above for high-res image gallery General Motors offered an update this afternoon on the current status of the testing and development of the lithium ion batteries for the Chevy Volt. Chief Engineer Andrew Farah and battery engineering group manager Bill Wallace provided a run down on the work done so far. Since work started in earnest on the production program in early 2007, GM has gone from two initial battery development partners (LG Chem/CPI and A123 Systems/Continental) to selecting LG Chem to supply cells.
Published: March 22, 2009
The next-generation Buick Excelle has been spotted testing in the usual camouflage. The existing Excelle is only sold in China, but now that General Motors has decided that Buick will be one of its four core brands in the U.S. market, it seems likely that it could come over as part of an expanded lineup.