Saturn SL2 Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have been considering converting my 1999 Saturn SL2 to electric. This has an automatic transmission. I only drive 12Km to work every day and believe

Saturn Vue Hybrid 2-Mode Cancelled

Hybrid SUV Blog

In March of 2008 we announced that the upcoming 2009 Saturn Vue hybrid, the one that would be built with GM’s 2-mode hybrid system, might possibly end up being the most popular hybrid SUV yet. General Motors made it official last week that there will be no 2-Mode, FWD Saturn Vue hybrid.

Update: ‘09 Saturn Vue Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

The last time we reported on the Two Mode Saturn Vue Green Line was in March, 2008. Tags: Saturn Since then, there hasn’t been much news…until recently.

Penske Seeking to Buy Saturn

Green Car Congress

and Penske Automotive Group confirmed details of a proposed transaction under which Penske would acquire the Saturn brand. If completed, the deal would save more than 350 dealerships and 13,000 jobs at Saturn and its retailers in the United States, and would preserve the Saturn brand. Under the terms in the memorandum of understanding, Penske would obtain the rights to the brand as well as certain other Saturn assets. General Motors Corp.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Saturn Vue Returns As Chevy Captiva

Green Car Reports

The shuttered Saturn brand is quickly fading from memory, but now GM plans to bring back one former Saturn model to live on in a new incarnation. But even if you're a Saturn fan, you won't be able to buy one--unless you're a business. Vue redux The compact crossover that sold for only two years as the 2008 and 2009 Saturn Vue will return to the

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Toward a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue

Plugs and Cars

GM today announced two contracts to "design and test lithium-ion batteries" for use in the Saturn Vue Plug-in Hybrid announced last month at the LA Auto Show. According to the press release, two variants of Lithium batteries will be "evaluated in prototype Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrids beginning later this year." Johnson Controls/SAFT, the huge battery company at which President Bush first publicly announced his support for plug-in hybrids, received one contract.

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GM's CEO Waggoner Announces Saturn Plug-in Hybrid; Bio-fuel Hummer

Plugs and Cars

Wagoner said GM is using the Saturn Vue hybrid sport utility vehicle to develop a plug-in hybrid, which can be re-charged from a standard electrical outlet, and will offer biofuel-capable Hummer SUVs. Tags: GM plug-in hybrid Saturn LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Corp. (GM) GM) Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday that the U.S. needs to reduce dependence on foreign energy and insisted the No.

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GM to consider offers for Saturn

Green Cars News

Having already taken the decision to close its Pontiac brand, General Motors has now announced that it will proceed with the sale of Saturn. Tags: Cars Latest news general motors Chrysler Fiat GM to sell Saturn Saturn According to reports, several potential buyers have already expressed interest in the brand and retailer network.

AMP to convert 3 Saturn VUEs to battery electric powertrains for DTE Energy

Green Car Congress

will convert three of DTE Energy’s fleet Saturn VUE SUVs to battery electric powertrains. The all-electric DTE Energy fleet Saturn Vues will be powered by Amp’s exclusive modular electric powertrain system. AMP Holding Inc. AMP, a company engaged in the conversion of new vehicles to full battery-electric drive, unveiled its all-electric conversion of the GM Chevrolet Equinox earlier this year. Earlier post.)

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GM's Plug-In Hybrid: Not a Saturn, Not a Buick, Will Try Again

Green Car Reports

Just two weeks ago, we reported that GM's first plug-in hybrid vehicle--originally meant to be a Saturn Vue before GM decided to sell Saturn to Pennske--would become a Buick crossover. My, how quickly things change in the new Internet world. As GM said Wednesday on its Fastlane blog, "not all the feedback was positive

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GM Evaluating Offers for Saturn; Fiat Eyeing GM Europe in Addition to Chrysler

Green Car Congress

General Motors issued a short statement announcing that it is proceeding to the next step with respect to the sale of Saturn. A number of potential buyers have surfaced and expressed interest in the Saturn brand and retailer network. GM said it will be reviewing expressions of interest from the potential buyers and will look to secure an agreement with a specific buyer later this year.

Conference confirms plug-in fever

Plugs and Cars

Representatives of GM stoked the clamor for the Volt, and a Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid sat on the show floor. Tags: plug-in 2008 smart car BMW mercedes electric mini electric car plug-in Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid chevy volt andy grove al gore plug-in car Once again, a conference on plug-in cars. Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C.,

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Grist Writer Gets the URGE2 Electrify

Plugs and Cars

If the Sierra Club, NRDC, and the Union of Concerned Scientists awaken from their CAFE-induced slumber and espouse such a message as Roberts' suggests, projects awaiting commercialization from a Toyota plug-in Prius to the Saturn plug-in Vue and the Volt just might get the jolt need. Tags: union of concerned scientists electric cars urge2 plug-in hybrid chevy volt Saturn grist NRDC vue Sierra Club David Roberts is a staff writer at Grist , an online enviro magazine.

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Cheap Electric Car Conversion Possible?

Electric Cars are for Girls

What would it take to convert a Saturn SC2 to electric? The information on web sites is all over the place. Some want $5,000.00 for a kit while another

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Started De-Icing

DIY Electric Car

Hi, today I managed to get some time on the Saturn EV. I removed the bonnet,radiator, the air box and the battery. Got stock on the battery box but at least I can see where I am going now. Won't be long untill I yank out that ugly big engine lump.:mad:

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Electric Car with a Generator on a Trailer?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I'm considering getting a 98 Saturn SL1 (I can get the basic car for about $1000.) My idea is to put a small electric generator on a

More gets done every day

DIY Electric Car

God bless Rich Pin he has put on You tube video on everything you need to do to remove to get the engine out of a Saturn SL1. I would be lost without him. I have a Haynes manual but it like gobbledegook! So I just do what old Rich Pin say to do this.

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Plug-ins to play part in GM future

Green Cars News

The company will be divided into Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick following the decision to close Pontiac and sell Saturn. Currently Saturn sells two hybrid vehicles - the VUE and Aura with GM hybrid system - and was also scheduled to offer a two-mode hybrid Vue with a Vue plug-in two-mode hybrid version scheduled for 2011 to be used in a test fleet with the US Department of Energy.

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First steps

DIY Electric Car

It's a 2002 Saturn SL1 with 220,000 miles and a rough engine, however it still runs. I have bought my donor car. The price was $900 which was OK I think? I have been looking for ages on Craigslist for the right car and toyed with all sort of cars.

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Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Green Car Reports

Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. If that Saturn were a hybrid, I'm guessing the battery pack would have died about four years ago, give or take. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong with it, that's the end of that. But replacing a battery pack

What are you waiting for?

DIY Electric Car

Hope to finish the Volvo this weekend and then start de-ICE ing the Saturn. OK I posted a excited start but so far have not even touched the car? No real excuse except I have two other cars to fix at the moment. Had to replace the lower control arm on my Volvo V70xc. What a pain that is? Also have to replace outer tie rod end on my Volvo XC90. However I have been busy buying parts and I building myslef a lab power supply for a old computer ATX power supply which I had lying around.

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Is it time up for green car brands?

Green Cars News

In addition, General Motors’ nearest thing to a green brand - Saturn, the brand under which it put out its first hybrids - is falling victim to the company’s restructuring following the global economic crisis. Tags: Green cars Latest news Toyota general motors green car brands Saturn Toyota Prius Times are changing in the automotive industry as customers search for better fuel consumption and more environmentally friendly vehicles with lower emissions.

Dissipating Doubt

Plugs and Cars

From the pricey ads in national magazines devoting serious space to the Volt to today's announcement about the plug-in hybrid Saturn Vue, GM is compelling me to take their expressed interest in plug-in cars seriously. As announced in Frankfort and reported in Detroit , GM hopes for a 2009 release of the first Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid SUV.

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Fisker Automotive Near Deal to Aquire GM's Wilmington, DE Assembly Plant

All Cars Electric

Now reported widely around the web, Fisker Automotive seems to be near a deal to acquire General Motor's Boxwood Road assembly plant in Wilmington, DE, where GM produced the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice. GM is discontinuing both the Saturn and Pontiac brands. Fisker Automotive intends to build their next hybrid electric

Hybrid Sale Of The Century?

Hybrid SUV Blog

A $7,000 discount on a new hybrid vehicle is unheard of, but that’s essentially what you can get if you buy a 2009 Saturn Vue hybrid SUV before January 4, 2010. That all changed when GM restructured to focus on only four major brands, Saturn no longer being one of them.

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An Easy EV Conversion Kit For People

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In short, I came up with four options for a practical, economical EV conversion: Ford Escort 5th Gen Honda Civic ('92-'95) Geo Metro Saturn SL2 After talking with several people, I got the impression that the Honda Civic beat the other three vehicles hands-down in the selection. The Saturn came up a distant second, but everyone agreed that the Civic was the best.

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Green Car Reports

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze may best live up to the promise that its former Saturn division never did: that an American car company could design and build small cars to rival Japanese competitors for both quality and value. Calling the Cruze a top pick in the compact sedan class is no exaggeration, especially in light of safety and infotainment

Transmission Removed!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

First up was removing the rear portion of the exhaust system, shown here next to my trusty 34mpg 1994 Saturn. Someone else converted a '94 Saturn Wagon to an EV, but I'll keep mine!) This was a big evening of figuring out how to remove the transmission with one person.

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PHEV Energy Bill

Plug In Partners

W e've had the people in our shop go over the new energy bill with an eye for Plug Ins and electric transportation in general.

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Buick Hybrid Borrows From Volt

Hybrid SUV Blog

At first, reports noted that a Buick hybrid crossover would likely be derived from a Saturn model being developed with an electric drivetrain. That Saturn hybrid was to be called the Vue Plug-in. A Buick hybrid crossover has been envisioned for several years.

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NC Transportation Center

Plug In Partners

General Motors is also on the plug-in bandwagon with its Saturn Vue Green Line.

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Rebuilt Transmission Coming Tuesday

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

About a month ago, I sold my old '94 gasoline Saturn wagon and purchased an '03 Subaru Outback. I just received an e-mail from Greg Robbins that he shipped a rebuilt transmission to me via UPS and it should arrive next Tuesday! The UPS tracking number concurs with this. This will be a good time to get back into the swing of things since my girlfriend Krista is starting classes next week and the holidays are winding down.

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Volt for Real?

Plug In Partners

The Volt will even make people forget that it was Lutz who gave us the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

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GM Suspending 2010 Malibu Hybrid Production; Next-Generation Li-Ion Mild Hybrid Expected for 2011

Green Car Congress

The Malibu hybrid shares components with two other GM mild hybrids: the Saturn Aura and Vue hybrids. General Motors has announced that there will be no retail production of the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid for model year (MY) 2010 due to “elevated inventory levels of the 2009 model.”

GM Confirms Return Of Mild Hybrid Models In 2011

Green Car Reports

With the demise of Saturn, GM was left with only one model featuring its mild hybrid system, the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan, but sadly even that green vehicle was dropped from the automaker's lineup this year. GM is planning to bring back its mild hybrid models, however, and according to the automaker's executive director of hybrid and

Trainspotting

Revenge of the Electric Car

I haven’t heard about them since (though the former Saturn plant in the area is slated for Fisker ) but the image stuck with me. ©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post. One morning just over a year ago, I was surprised to see the above photo taken from President Obama’s Washington, DC-bound train appear in a Washington Post collection from the inauguration.

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Smart Move

Revenge of the Electric Car

Smart brought in Lajdziak, the former chief of the Saturn brand for General Motors Co., Smart will be launching a test fleet of 250 electric cars in selected areas, including: Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, Orlando, and the Washington, D.C. – Boston Corridor. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. By Mike Ramsey for the Wall Street Journal.

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2010 Coda Sedan: Exclusive Video Gives Electric-Car Details

Green Car Reports

Launching a brand-new car make is a tough task; just ask General Motors (RIP Saturn). But if you're electric-car startup Coda Automotive, you have at least one plus (it's a pure electric car, which is sexy) to offset several potential minuses (who's Coda? it's made in China? I can't buy one outside California?). Video exclusive! To reach out to

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GM Previews First Two-Mode, Front-Wheel-Drive Hybrid Transaxle

Green Car Congress

Design parameters of the current design include a 50% improvement in EPA composite fuel economy as compared to a conventional Saturn VUE, as well as a 7.5 Saturn’s Fate. The current viability plan does not include production and sales to dealers of Saturn products beyond 2009.

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GM Plug-In Hybrid Program Underway, Vehicle Still Unconfirmed

Green Car Reports

While the system is being tested in a discontinued Saturn Vue crossover, it now seems likely to appear in a version of either the GMC Terrain or Chevrolet Equinox compact Recent spy shots posted by our sister site Motor Authority show that despite delays, General Motors is continuing to develop the plug-in version of its Two-Mode Hybrid system.

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GM recalling 656 Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicles over calibration of Electronic Brake Control Module

Green Car Congress

Meanwhile, GM has decided to replace the ignition switch in all model years of its Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Pontiac G5, Solstice and Saturn Ion and Sky in the US, since faulty switches may have been used to repair the vehicles. GM is recalling 656 model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured 26 September 2013 through 14 February 2014, and equipped without Adaptive Cruise Control.

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GM Will Apply Plug-in Hybrid Technology To One of Its Remaining Four Core Brands, Delivery Still in 2011

Green Car Congress

Prototype Saturn Vue PHEV plugging in to a Coulomb Chargepoint ( earlier post ) in San Jose, CA. Based on the current restructuring plan, GM is accelerating the wind-down or sale of Saturn to the end of this year.

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Buick Going Green With Plug-In SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

The announcement from General Motors that the technology once planned for the Saturn Vue will now instead end up in a Buick came as a huge shock to me. With the Saturn brand being sold off (along with Hummer, Pontiac, and the Saab story), there may not have been many other options.

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