Shanghai General Motors introduces Sail SPRINGO EV at Auto Guangzhou 2012; green technology strategy to 2020

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At the opening of Auto Guangzhou 2012, Shanghai General Motors launched its first localized new energy vehicle, the Sail SPRINGO EV. As a comparison, the new Chevrolet Spark EV uses a 100 kW motor with 542 N·m of torque. The Sail SPRINGO EV. Click to enlarge.

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Verizon and VIA Motors unveil extended-range electric cargo vans

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Verizon has collaborated with electric-vehicle developer and manufacturer VIA Motors to produce an extended-range electric cargo van. Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors and a VIA board member, unveiled Verizon’s new vehicle on Monday at the North American International Auto Show. The vehicles have up to 40 miles of all-electric range, using Li-ion batteries, with the added capability to drive additional miles by using VIA’s range extender.

Cadillac introduces the 2014 ELR extended range electric vehicle

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Cadillac unveiled the anticipated 2014 ELR extended range electric (EREV) vehicle (based on the Converj concept, earlier post ) at the North American International Auto Show. The ELR EREV powertrain combines a drive motor (117-135 kW); a generator motor (55 kW) and a 1.4L gasoline-powered range-extender generator. The full driving range exceeds 300 miles (480 km). (By 2014 Cadillac ELR Click to enlarge.

Cadillac extended range electric vehicle ELR to be built at Detroit-Hamtramck

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GM will build the Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology, at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said Tuesday. Detroit-Hamtramck is home to the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt extended-range electric vehicles. Extended-range electric vehicles are exported to 21 countries from the plant.

GM To Fall Short Of 500,000 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Goal For 2017

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In November 2012, General Motors announced a goal of putting 500,000 electrified vehicles on the road by 2017. That encompasses any type of vehicle that uses electricity as motive power, from mild hybrids to plug-in hybrids, and from extended-range electric cars to all-electric vehicles. Green General Motors Plug-In Hybrids eAssist mild hybrid plug-in cars

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Vauxhall Ampera scoops another Green Car of the Year award

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The General Motors extended range vehicle came out [.]. GM Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Vauxhall General Motors green car of the year green cars Vauxhall AmperaIt has already been named Green Car of the Year by both What Car? and Top Gear; and is the reigning European Car of the Year: but now the Vauxhall Ampera (pictured), the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, can add another accolade to its extensive list.

Cadillac to introduce electric vehicle

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General Motors has already got into the electric vehicle race with its Chevrolet brand – and now Cadillac is the next in line. The company has announced that the Cadillac Converj extended range electric vehicle concept will indeed be made into a production car – that will be called the Cadillac ELR. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Cadillac Cadillac Converj Cadillac ELR electric Cadillac general motors

2011-2014 Chevrolet Volt Hatchbacks Struts To Be Replaced For 'Customer Satisfaction'

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General Motors is recalling certain 2011 through 2014 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars, but only as a matter of "customer satisfaction." DON''T MISS: 2016 Chevrolet Volt: 50-Mile Range, 41 MPG, Five In the affected cars, the struts that hold the rear hatch open can weaken and detach, causing the hatch to close by itself unexpectedly.

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GM reveals electric vehicle plans

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Earlier this week, we told you how General Motors CEO Dan Akerson was excited about the success of the Chevrolet Volt and the dawning of an electric vehicle age (see article) and now we can reveal the company’s plans for more electric vehicles. GM is preparing to launch two more extended range electric vehicles and [.].

GM Will Make Autonomous Versions Of The 2017 Chevrolet Volt

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Beginning in late fall 2016, if you’re lucky enough to visit the Warren Technical Center campus of General Motors [NYSE:GM], in Michigan, you might your shuttle quite intriguing: a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, driving itself. The automaker plans to deploy a fleet of Volt extended range electric cars to drive people autonomously within the campus.

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GM outlines the challenges for battery development

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At the recent Automotive Advanced Battery Conference Roland Matthe, GM technical manager for the Voltec battery system, outlined the company’s views on the requirements and challenges for batteries in extended range vehicles such as the Volt. Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries general motors batteries for range extended vehicles battery development Chevrolet Volt GM

News in brief: GM debuts new electric vehicle

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The GM Sail electric vehicle was one of 23 production and concept vehicles at the show and took pride of place alongside the extended range Chevrolet Volt. Chevrolet Electric cars Green cars Latest news general motors Chevrolet Sail Chevrolet Sail Electric Vehicle GM GM Sail GM Sail Electric Vehicle Shanghai GMAn electric concept vehicle from Shanghai GM made its world debut at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show.

Vauxhall Ampera hybrid being tweaked for UK market

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Engineers are working on the Vauxhall Ampera extended range hybrid in a bid to make it more suitable for European driving conditions. The Ampera uses a battery-powered electric motor, and when it runs down a small, [.]. Hybrid cars Latest news general motors Vauxhall Vauxhall Ampera Vauxhall Ampera hybridThe Ampera, based on the Chevrolet Volt and recently launched in the US, will reach the UK in 2012.

Fisker To Open California Plant, No Date Yet For Electric Car Production To Resume

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While all 2012 Fisker Karma extended-range electric luxury sedans were built in Finland, the company always intended to assemble cars in the U.S. Before its collapse and bankruptcy, Fisker had bought a former General Motors plant in Delaware. A pledge to use this facility was one factor in the successful bid for Fisker by Wanxiang, China's largest. Green California Manufacturing Wanxiang plug-in cars

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BMW i3 REx lawsuit, GM SUV compensation, Gas demand rising: Today's Car News

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Today, the BMW i3 REx extended-range electric car is the subject of a lawsuit, General Motors is expected to compensate owners who bough large crossover SUVs with inaccurate window-sticker fuel-economy ratings, and Gasoline demand is on the rise in the U.S.,

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Chevrolet Volt owners to pick up free home charging stations

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The first buyers of the Chevrolet Volt extended range vehicle will be able to pick up one of 4,400 free home charging stations, according to General Motors. Tags: Chevrolet Electric cars Green cars Latest news American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Chevrolet Volt Coulomb Technologies ECOtality electric car charging stations electric vehicles general motors home charging stations

2014 Cadillac ELR Luxury Electric Coupe: Now En Route To Dealers

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Yesterday, General Motors'' Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant began shipping the first of these extended-range electric cars to dealers, ahead of the car''s official January on-sale date. The wait is almost over for the 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury electric coupe. That means a few cars may arrive at dealers before the year closes out, perhaps allowing

Can motors cope with demands of electrification?

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Extended range electric vehicles and full battery electric vehicles place much steeper technical demands on motors than mild and full hybrids. That’s the verdict of Pete Savagian, GM Engineering Director of Hybrid and Electric Architecture and Electric Motors, who was speaking at the SAE 2010 Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Symposium.

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Chevy Volt No Good Because You Have To Rearrange Your Garage?

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After a rough period last year, the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has settled down and is now the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S. General Motors is continuing a program, launched a year ago, that makes Volts available for loan both to interested buyers and members of the media--even those who don't usually cover the car industry

Cadillac to follow Chevy Volt’s lead

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The Cadillac brand may be one of the most inspirational in motoring history, but its latest model promises to follow in the footsteps of a much more modern icon. According to reports in the Detroit News , General Motors has decided to produce the Cadillac Converj, which will be an extended range electric vehicle derived from the Voltec platform.

Volt Owners Speak Up, Say It's Safe, Rave About Their Electric Cars

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It's been a tough few weeks of publicity for the Chevrolet Volt, the extended-range electric car that's the green halo vehicle at General Motors. Now, despite sales below GM's announced target and an NHTSA inquiry into fires in the lithium-ion battery pack several weeks after they were involved in destructive crash tests, Volt owners are fighting

2014 BMW i3 REx MPG, New Orleans Electric-Car Charging, GM-Google Ride-Share: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: The 2014 BMW i3 REx extended-range electric car gets an EPA-rated 39 mpg on gasoline, Nissan unveils New Orleans'' first public electric-car charging station, and Google and General Motors collaborate on a ride-sharing test.

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New GM expected within 90 days

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After months of speculation about its future, General Motors Corporation has reached agreements with the US Treasury and the governments of Canada and Ontario for the creation of a new smaller and self-sustaining GM. The New GM is expected to launch in 60-90 days as a separate and independent company from the existing General Motors. GM also wants to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet and will launch the Chevrolet Volt extended range vehicle in 2010.

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Volt development continues to progress

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The Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle and its battery pack are both converging on the beginning of the product and process validation stage of General Motors’ development process, which is scheduled to start in February, 2010. Tags: Chevrolet Electric cars Green cars Latest news general motors Chevrolet Volt Chevy Volt electric vehicles range extended electric vehicles Volt testing

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If You Want To Attack The Volt, Try To Get Your Math Right

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Few things seem to set off a certain part of the political spectrum like the Chevrolet Volt, the extended-range electric car from General Motors. It's been on sale exactly one year, so we think it's rather too early to deem the Volt a success or a failure, though that hasn't stopped its critics. When criticizing anything, however--the Volt

Vauxhall/Opel sale gets go ahead

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It has been a longer than expected process of negotiations, but now the board of General Motors has announced its support for a bid from Magna International and Sberbank to buy a majority stake in the European Opel/Vauxhall operations. Tags: Cars Green cars Latest news Vauxhall general motors

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2011 Chevrolet Volt Electric Car To Reach Dealers In October

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The three-year drumbeat of anticipation for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has just gotten slightly louder. General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre announced yesterday that the car will arrive at selected Chevy dealers in October, a month earlier than expected. The first pre-production Volt was built on March 31. He gave the new date

GM outlines electrification path in China; 10 NEVs from 2016-2020, double by 2023

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On World Environment Day, General Motors mapped out its electrification path in China. The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Buick VELITE 5 extended-range electric vehicle and Baojun E100 electric vehicle are among the models that have already been launched in the domestic market.

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GM to debut two-mode plug-in hybrid

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It will use the same technology that will debut in the Chevrolet Volt extended range vehicle in late 2010. This is how it differs from the Voltec technology, because the Volt can travel for up to 40 miles with electric-only propulsion and has an overall range of more than 300 miles thanks to its flex-fuel generator. Tags: Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news general motors Buick Buick Enclave GM plug-in hybrid cars two-mode plug-in hybrid

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One out of four consumers interested in electric vehicles

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General Motors is bringing the Volt extended-range electric (meaning it has a gas engine to back up the electric power) and Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. CR found, based on its survey of 1,752 adults, that most consumers would like a range of 89 miles for daily driving. About 45% said they would be satisfied with a range of less than 75 miles. All this range stuff could be a problem since the range of early electrics expected to be fairly limited.

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2011 Chevy Volt To Offer 'Mountain Mode' For Hill Climbing

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car will offer a capability that General Motors hasn't previously discussed: a "Mountain Mode" that the driver can select if he knows that he will be climbing a long hill. GM's executive director of powertrain engineering Larry Nitz revealed the new feature on a conference call today with the 2011

Ahead Of Paris Motor Show, GM In Worldwide EV Testing Frenzy

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General Motors recently hit the headlines with its attempt to trademark the term “Range Anxiety” to use in advertising campaigns for its extended range electric vehicle, the 2011 Chevy Volt. At a glance, you’d think the automaker was trying to seriously slur the image of all electric vehicles, with implications that battery

Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Crossover: Killed Before Birth?

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According to Reuters, General Motors has canceled work on the planned plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac SRX crossover sport utility. The canceled SRX plug-in would have been the second GM car, after the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range It may be the most star-crossed program in recent automotive history, and now it's apparently dead.

VIA launches electric vehicle assembly plant in Mexico

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VIA Motors inaugurated its first high volume electric vehicle assembly line this week at its new facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. New vehicles are transported from the General Motors production facility in Silao, to VIA’s assembly plant in nearby San Luis Potosi, where they are transformed into electric vehicles by integrating VIA’s proprietary extended range electric power train. —Pablo Acedo, president of VIA Motors Latin America (VMLM).

GM To Produce Cadillac Converj

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According to a report in the Detroit News today, General Motors will forge ahead with plans to produce the Cadillac Converj extended range electric vehicle (EREV). Though Cadillac would not confirm the story, a source close to the company's production plans says that the Converj was part of a presentation to the board of directors a week

GM's Second Electric Car After Chevy Volt To Be Cadillac Converj

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General Motors will follow its 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car with a production version of the Cadillac Converj concept car revealed at this year's Detroit Auto Show. It's been an open question for a while now: What will be the next vehicle to use GM's Voltec series hybrid electric-car platform? The Opel/Vauxhall

Virginia Tech team wins EcoCAR Competition

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The team from Virginia Tech University received top honors as overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.

Chevy's Got the Volt; Will Cadillac Be GM's Hybrid Leader?

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Among car buyers, none of the four surviving General Motors brands are really associated with hybrid vehicles. Now that customer deliveries have started for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, GM's other brands will need some green cred too. What's the future of GM's Two-Mode Hybrid system for medium and large vehicles? Who gets

WiTricity working with GM to test wireless EV charging system at up to 11 kW rate

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WiTricity announced it is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. and 11 kW charge rates, capable of charging both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and extended range electric vehicles (EREVs), and is intended to comply with standards proposed by SAE International’s J2954 Committee.

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2011 Chevy Volt Investment: How Does This Differ From the EV1?

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Another day, another announcement in the series of carefully timed press releases on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. General Motors says that sum brings its total invested in Michigan on In this case, it's the news that GM's investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Volt will be built totals $336 million.

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