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Published: May 27, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery Back in 2006, when the Chevrolet Volt was first conceived , its extended-range electric (ER-EV) powertrain was originally dubbed E-Flex as its configuration was designed to be flexible. The only part of the system that was constant was the electric drive and the presence of a battery. The architecture was designed so any type of powerplant could be used as a range extender, and over the last three years concepts have been shown with flex-fuel three-cylinder turbos, inline-four diesels and hydrogen fuel cells
Published: March 27, 2010
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM , Opel General Motors realizes that it will need to get the cost of its Voltec drivetrain down in order to stay competitive and allow it to more easily be integrated into other, differently-sized vehicles.
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.