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Chevrolet Bolt: An Electric Vehicle for Anyone

Chevrolet_Bolt_WAS_2017_1538General Motors has touted the Chevy Bolt as an electric car for everyone. This car is not only for the tech savvy or early adopters. It is not only recommended for the residents of California, where there is a higher level of acceptance for electric cars. The aim of General Motors is to make people think that the Chevy Bolt is a mainstream vehicle that happens to be an electric car. Considering its range and price, this car is clearly for any person who can drive. This information was provided by Chevrolet’s marketing and advertising manager, Kathy Belsic. Ms. Belsic further added that this vehicle is not only a great electric vehicle, but it is simply a great vehicle.

GM went on the record as being the first carmaker to produce a reasonably priced battery-powered vehicle with a range exceeding 200 miles per charge. The Chevy Bolt electric car gives an electric range of 238 miles and sells for less than $30,000 inclusive of federal sales tax. This tax is around $7,500, with a possibility of state incentives like $2,500 dollars in California. In December, the first 579 cars were delivered to Oregon and California. The Chevy Bolt is manufactured at the General Motors’ Assembly plant located in Orion Township, in Michigan. However, the residents of Michigan many be in the last lot of getting the vehicle. The customers from Michigan can place their orders starting from July when General Motors plans to open national ordering for its small crossover. Kathy Belsic noted that the Chevy Bolt that will be ordered in July will be delivered to customers in late August or September.

Bolt deliveries have been added by this Detroit automaker in Massachusetts, Maryland, as well as Virginia. The crossover is anticipated to get to dealerships in New Jersey and New York in March. Dealers from other states may continue to get the car in September. Chevy Bolt will also be sold in Canada, Mexico and South Korea. The automaker said that its first deliveries were focused on the electric cars’ key markets, while at the same time taking dealer-readiness into consideration. The car will be offered by approximately 40% of 3,100 Chevrolet dealers nationally. Kathy Balsic noted that an average American would drive around forty miles per day. This means that the Bolt electric car would give numerous driving days before it needs to be recharged. It is clear that electric vehicles are now gaining popularity, with more people realizing their numerous benefits.


Leave a Comment February 16, 2017

General Motors’ Plan to Produce Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt

chevrolet-boltGeneral Motors has a plan of taking advantage of the new self-driving auto law implemented in Michigan. With the production of Chevy Bolt, GM will be the first car manufacturer to produce autonomous cars. According to Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, the automaker is set to immediately start conducting tests for the self-driving Chevy Bolts within the Detroit area. The testing in question is expected to begin as early as January 2017. Doug Parks, the vice president of General Motors said that the automaker has already started testing around 40 autonomous Bolts in Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Francisco. The test runs in Michigan will be on a larger scale compared to the ones currently going on.

The automaker is set to utilize Michigan’s self-driving vehicle policy, as well as current severe weather conditions that take place in Michigan. Mary Barra said that the main objective is to make sure that the autonomous cars produced can be driven safely in all roads and weather conditions. A few days ago, Rick Snyder, the Michigan governor, signed legislation that gave automakers, as well as technology partners, a go-ahead to implement, test, and market autonomous cars in the state. The policy covers more than what has been enacted in other states. It allows for the removal of brake pedals and steering wheels. It also gives companies the permission to provide ride-hailing options with their autonomous cars.

Assembling of the autonomous Bolts will be held at the General Motors plant situated in Orion Township. Non-autonomous fully-electric Chevy Bolts are produced within the same plant along with Chevrolet Sonic subcompact vehicle. The workers of GM will incorporate some of the Chevy Bolt’s sensors, Lidar (radar that uses light rather than sound), and cameras, as well as test out other autonomous technology. So far, testing has been been done only on private roads located a mile from the General Motors technical center. Barra stated that the automaker will open up testing to nearby roads followed by expansion throughout Detroit.

Chevrolet dealers started selling non-autonomous Bolts in Oregon and California this week. The market will be expanded to Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York in early next year. Around mid next year, the Bolt will have spread nationwide. General Motors has been conducting road testing for self-driving cars for many years, and now it has become a significant push by car manufacturers, technology companies, and auto suppliers to increase the popularity of autonomous cars on the United States roads. Tesla Model X and Model S equipped with full autonomy hardware are under production. The anticipated Model 3 will also have it.


Leave a Comment December 23, 2016

Electric Cars as Finalists in the Green Car Annual Awards

2016-03-01_geneva_motor_show_1067One of the key themes for the award finalists that were announced this week was electrification. Five finalists were confirmed by the Green Car Journal. Four of the models are available as plug-in hybrid versions, while one is a fully-electric car. The nominees for the 2017 model year are the Chevy Bolt, BMW’S 330e, Kia Optima, Toyota Prius Prime and Chrysler Pacifica. The award was officially founded in 2005 and since the,n an increasing list of models has been chosen by its judges’ panel. According to Green Car Journal, this reflects the car’s industry’s increasing efforts to produce new cars with improved environmental impact and higher efficiency.

This year’s finalists are a clear representation of the momentum being experienced by electrification in the vehicle industry. This is according to the journal’s Publisher and Editor, Ron Cogan. Electrification is an important technology for manufacturers regardless of whether they are dealing with plug-in hybrid, hybrid, all-electric or two or more powertrains in combination with traditional gasoline engines. It is essential technology, not only for the present, but also future high-efficiency car models. BMW has been acknowledged for launching the 330e to add to its current plug-in lineup. According to a report by Green Car Journal, the car’s electric motor in combination with a 4-cylinder engine gives a total of a 248 horsepower system output and a torque of 310 pounds-feet.

The Chevy Bolt follows another Chevrolet model that was nominated last year, the second-generation Chevy Volt, which emerged the winner. The Bolt is recognized as the first plug-in hybrid car to have a driving range exceeding 200 miles. It also has technological features to personalize and enhance the driving experience. Fiat Chrysler was nominated and acknowledged for being the first plug-in electric car to enter the market. The first-ever minivan class plug-in hybrid was Chrysler’s Pacifica. The judges acknowledged Chrysler’s efficiency of 80 MPGe and an electric driving range of 30 miles. It’s total driving range is 530 miles.

Kia is in the list owed to the addition of a plug-in hybrid and hybrid systems by adding the 2017 Outlook to its lineup. An electric motor, as well as a 2-liter gas engine is used to power both model variations. The plug-in hybrid’s battery pack is larger than that of the standard hybrid. Toyota is also a finalist, thanks to its efforts in unveiling the new Prius Prime to serve as a replacement for its Prius Plug-in. The range of the 2017 model is double that of the initial plug-in hybrid. The winning model will be known on 17th November.


Leave a Comment November 18, 2016

The Merits of Electric Vehicles over Gas Vehicles

15_nissan_leaf_galeries_danjou1Electric cars have been widespread in the United States’ market for seven years and this is partly because they have specific advantages. To date, over 500,000 electric cars have been sold with virtually all manufacturers planning to produce more. The value of these vehicles is being recognized considering the high range models such as Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt and the upcoming Nissan Leaf. One of the key merits of electric cars is their zero tailpipe emissions. This means that there is no exhaust, which is beneficial to the environment and health. On the other side, gas cars in the United States offer an average range of 26 mpg and release emissions. Policymakers still prefer electric cars since managing power plant emissions is easier in comparison to the management of individual fuel-emitting car engines.

Another advantage of electric cars is their minimal maintenance. These cars have powertrains with fewer moving parts. Maintenance of such vehicles doesn’t require services such as spark plug replacement and oil changes. Additionally, there is regenerative braking where energy is returned to the battery. The most costly electric car component is the battery. Although engines and batteries wear out with time, electric car batteries are designed in such a way that they will last as long as the car’s service life. Electric cars offer instant torque and quiet drive, which are also key upsides. By owning an electric car, you get a nice quiet drive. Moreover, the power in such vehicles is delivered in a satisfying manner. Their motors offer 100 percent torque, which refers to the work energy necessary to jump start from zero rpm.

Electric cars are sold at subsidized prices depending on the state that one resides in. In some regions federal and state subsidies may underwrite as much as 33 percent of a $30,000 electric car. Every electric car is currently allowed a one-time tax credit of $7,500 from the federal government. Assuming your current tax situation allows, several states give at least $2,500 in addition to the mentioned $7,500 in terms of federal subsidies. The bottom line is that numerous electric vehicles can be bought at prices that are comparable to that of a hybrid Toyota Prius. Policymakers are also in support of zero-emission electric cars because they do not have to import energy from outside interests. A standard electric car operates on energy that is 100 percent domestically sourced. It is evident that green cars contribute significantly towards energy security and fuel diversity.

Leave a Comment September 30, 2016

Electric Cars Shift to Fast Lane with Improved Speed and Range

13_Tesla_Model_SA false misconception regarding electric cars is that they are costly and slow in addition to going only for short distances. However, this traditional wisdom is set to be challenged by the introduction of new models such as Tesla’s Model S and Chevy Bolt. The launch of these models has a likelihood of giving battery-electric vehicles a significant position in the mainstream auto market. The new Tesla model is set to have one of the largest battery packs with a range of about 315 miles when fully charged.

Tesla also reported that the new model will take only 2.5 seconds to launch from zero to 60, and will thus be the third-quickest production vehicle ever made. While this car will be quite expensive, Tesla also has a plan of introducing Model 3, which will cost about $35,000. This price tag will be quite a bit higher than that of the Chevy Bolt battery-electric car. According to one of the top research analysts, Scott Shepard, this high-range battery electric car will signify a major achievement in the auto industry. The production of new superior models coupled with improved battery technology will translate to a marked increase in sales.

Tesla is simply an example of a car manufacturer that will prove critics of electric cars wrong. This automaker will bring in new models to effectively address the challenges associated with battery-electric technology. The good news is that even more long-range cars are planned for production. Volkswagen intends to make a compact model that could achieve a range of 400 miles on a full charge. The performance will also improve steadily with automakers such as Porsche and Tesla planning to have cars that will take less than four seconds to launch from zero to 60.

A majority of potential purchasers have been discouraged by pricing. For instance, Model 3 isn’t the safest bet for those on a tight budget with the initial cost of version P100D being $134,500. However, Model 3 and Chevy Bolt that will enter the market next year will have a starting price range of $30-35,000. This price includes state and federal credits in combination with other incentives.

Charging has been a great challenge for electric cars as well, with standard cars taking 12 hours to charge when plugged onto a 120-volt outlet. It has been hard to find charging stations but recently more have been set up in many spots across the country. A notable example is in California, which has now become one of the largest electric vehicle markets.


Leave a Comment September 2, 2016

The Key Merits of the Chevy Bolt over Tesla’s Model 3

Chevrolet_Bolt_NAIS_2016The recent era has been flooded with electric cars, with the second-generation versions selling for a fair price and having outstanding performance. First up, there is the 2017’s Chevrolet Bolt, which has been projected to have a range exceeding 200 miles with a sticker price of approximately $37,500 before incentives. A comparable car with the same price range and a sleeker design is Tesla’s Model 3 whose pre-orders have exceeded 325,000. Nissan also has the novel Leaf that is deemed to offer Chevy Bolt and Tesla a run for their money.

The Bolt has a number of advantages over Tesla’s Model 3 and one of the merits is regarding its design. The Bolt’s design is perfect and slightly similar to that of Chevy Sonic in addition to a few frills. This is contrary to Model 3 whose design is comparable to that of BMW’s 3-series. Owners of the Chevy Bolt will also be able to charge their cars at home. The car’s 200-plus miles in terms of range imply that the standard daily drives will resolve minimal range anxiety.

Another advantage of the Bolt is that it will be available sooner and this is evident after GM fast tracked the car’s development from the concept stage to production phase. The fast tracking was done using fifty five test mules coupled with a thousand engineers. The spec sheet adopted by Bolt is the very same one that Tesla has been hoping to attain for more than ten years. This may be inclusive of the vision and design brought to the table by Tesla. Hence, Bolt is clearly a step ahead in terms of production and market availability.

It is also worth noting that the Chevy Bolt is well sorted. All the processes that take place at the factory, as well as the huge engineer pool are a clear indication of an investment in product development. In the field of plug-in vehicles, GM is famed for producing up to 100,000 plug-in electric cars that have been marketed over the last five years. All these plug-in electric cars have clearly achieved an exemplary track record. GM said that the lessons that have been learned are being passed onto the Chevy Bolt.

Another advantage is the Bolt’s good utility. The car is has adequate room for five passengers, a flat floor, as well as a tall ceiling. Finally, the Chevy Bolt has front wheel drive that is not only better, but also more capable compared to that of the Model 3.


Leave a Comment April 15, 2016

The Growing Popularity of Hybrid Cars Boosts Sales

2012_Toyota_Prius_v_--_03-21-2012It seems the automotive companies are going greener now more than ever following the recent release of Tesla Model X and the plans to produce Model 3, and not forgetting Chevrolet’s announcement of Bolt hatchback production. Although there have been setbacks in the production and marketing of fully electric cars, the industry has a wide range of SUVs, crossovers and hybrid cars. The hybrid family further extends with Chrysler’s announcement of its plan to produce the Pacifica Hybrid. These half-electric, half-gas category of vehicles have been known to have high mileage. Additionally, the cost of operating and maintaining them is relatively low.

The primary demerit associated with fully electric cars is that they are relatively costly. For instance, the models present in the United States market cost between $23,800 to $80,000. For this reason, there has been a biased preference towards hybrid cars. One of the cheapest hybrids to operate is Toyota’s Prius Eco. The starting price for this Toyota model is about $24,700, a cost that is slightly more than Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the cheapest fully electric car. The range of Prius Eco in the city is 58 mpg while the range for the highway is 53 mpg. This implies that the average range is 56 mpg. The cost of running the Prius is about $500 on an annual basis, undercutting electric car cost by $100. Contrary to electric car owners, Prius owners and other hybrid car owners do not stress about looking for a place for charging their cars. This is because hybrid cars also have a gasoline engine in addition to electric motors.

The technology behind hybrid cars will continue advancing just like electric car technology. Electric cars are deemed to be fun and comfortable just like their gasoline-powered counterparts. It has been proven by Tesla’s P90D that has a torque of 713 lb-ft and a horsepower of 762. Electric cars will be available and affordable to the common man when the Chevrolet Bolt and Model 3 enter the market. The practicability of electric car ownership will increase with a close to $30,000 price tag and a range of 200 miles on a charge. Currently, Nissan Leaf is the market leader with a starting price of less than $30,000 and a range of 107 miles when fully charged. The range of a standard gasoline-fueled vehicle is approximately 300 miles. Hence, although electric cars are clearly the cars of the future, hybrids are currently leading the park in terms of sales.


Leave a Comment February 12, 2016

Pre-Production Version of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(rear)_NAIAS_2015The highly anticipated 2017’s Chevy Bolt was introduced at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. Mary Barra, the CEO gave a speech and officially presented the more than 200-mile range electric vehicle. Chevy Bolt is one of the cheaper higher range electric cars. Barra further acknowledged the fact that many companies have plans of manufacturing electric cars. The Chevy Bolt fulfils the promise of delivering a long range electric car at a quite affordable cost. According to GM, production is set to begin prior to the end of the year and the anticipated price will be around $37,500 before federal tax and additional incentives are applied. The Bolt is a 5-passenger, five-door hatchback with fold down rear seating.

Barra failed to give the exact specification of the extra miles that would be covered within the range of driving. These details will be revealed much later. The car has an in-floor battery that a driver will be able to charge up to 80 percent within an hour. The battery capacity was also not specified, and this is often estimated using electrical efficiency. Additional details are likely to be revealed at the International Auto Show that will be held in North America later in the month. There is a high probability that Bolt’s sales strategy will target regional driving or local commuting.

Chevy Bolt’s concept was formally announced at NAIAS last year. When speculations went around concerning its production approval, majority of the observers made the assumption that the model will be released in 2018. Others had doubts on whether the target price could be achieved. Some critics also expected that the set range of 200 miles would work under great conditions instead of the EPA sticker estimate that was more conservative. While cars are normally made from parts derived from a wide range of suppliers, GM chose to source most of the primary components of Bolt from South Korea’s LG conglomerate. It did this in exchange for a deal to lower the costs of the battery cell.

The 2017 Bolt has a rear camera capable of feeding live videos to a built-in display at the rear view mirror. This allows for a wider angle of viewing behind the vehicle in comparison to a standard mirror. A surround vision is provided by another camera to give a “bird’s eye view” especially during parking and driving at low speed. Alterations have also been made to the system used for navigation, which makes it possible for a driver to know driving routes capable of improving electric vehicle efficiency. Additionally, the screen can display the available charging stations. The Orion Assembly, one of GM’s plants will be the building location.




Leave a Comment January 14, 2016

Carmakers Focus More on Electric Vehicles

640px-Audi_e-tron_(Edit1)Although the hybrid and electric car sales have remained constant in the past year, automakers have gone ahead to manufacture novel battery-powered cars for the market. Many vehicle companies are shifting their focus towards electric car production for international markets. These automakers include General Motors that has already unveiled the pre-production version of the highly anticipated Chevrolet Bolt. Mary Barra, the chief executive of GM said that the Bolt represented a huge step towards car electrification, considering its costs and capability of covering about 200 miles when fully charged. The Chevy Bolt is clearly the first electric vehicle to crack the standard code due to its long range and affordability. This information was revealed through a speech given by Barra at a recent motor show.

The Bolt is likely to enter the market this year and its sticker price will be around $30,000 with government incentives totaling to about $7,500. Despite the affordable price and long range of Bolt, it is still unclear whether consumers will continue to take advantage of the low gas prices to purchase large cars. However, GM has high hopes that its new entry to the market will be a hit. Consumers are starting to realize the value of owning electric and hybrid cars over gasoline-powered cars. The Nissan Leaf is currently the leading all-electric car in terms of sales, while the Toyota Prius leads in the hybrid category. Generally, hybrid and electric cars account for approximately 2% of America’s car market. Luxury carmakers such as the BMW also introduced a novel electric car last year. Tesla’s lineup is also expanding to include Model X, a fully electric sport-utility vehicle.

There has been mixed success for GM with the Volt plug-in, whose battery power is enhanced by a small-sized gasoline engine to extend the driving range. Barra acknowledged GM’s commitment towards electrification. Other notable figures at GM said that the Chevy Bolt could alter the perception of consumers towards fully electric vehicles as solely for commuting purposes and other minor trips. Pam Fletcher, the chief engineer for GM’s electric cars said that a range exceeding 150 miles is likely to increase buyer consideration. We are eager to see how consumers and the market in general will embrace the Chevrolet Bolt, particularly in the current cheap gas era. Other carmakers that will showcase electric car models during the International CES include Volkswagen whose electric microbus concept version was unveiled earlier this week. Audi gave additional details concerning its electric sports utility vehicle, the e-Tron.



Leave a Comment January 14, 2016

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Expected in 2016

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(front)_NAIAS_2015The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt entered the plug-in vehicle market almost six years ago, and other cars have followed suit while others are yet to enter the market. According to the current alternative energy cars’ list published in HybridCars.com, the total number of battery electric cars is 12, while hybrid electric cars are 11. The numbers are slightly differed from those reported last year where there were 9 plug-in electric cars and 13 battery electric cars. The current market share for plug-in hybrid electric cars is approximately 0.24% in comparison to last year’s 0.34%. Battery electric cars current market share is 0.41% while for the previous year was 0.39%.

One of the vehicles to expect this coming year is Kia’s 2016 Optima plug-in, which has some clear similarities to Hyundai’s Sonata plug-in. It is basically, a plug-in form of the recently redesigned Kia Optima hybrid. Kia’s Optima plug-in car’s battery is the same as that of Hyundai’s and has a capacity of 9.8 kwh. This implies that its electric vehicle range of 27 miles is the second highest. This vehicle has been said to enter the market mid next year to aim towards Kia’s plan of becoming one of the leading manufacturers of hydrogen fuel, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars. Its powertrain of 2.0 liters is also similar to Hyundai’s.

2017’s Chevrolet Bolt is another vehicle to expect this coming year. This vehicle will have a range of about 200 miles and its price will be around 30,000 dollars. The price of this vehicle coupled with its specifications makes it a significant plug-in vehicle to look forward to. To address the issue of range, the Chevy Bolt gives a range that is two times that of other electric vehicles within the same price range. Its major competitor is Tesla Model S with 70 kwh. Bolt evidently presents a major leap forward, regardless of the fact that it may not be fully satisfactory to those demanding more. Automakers are using plug-in electrification as a way of improving the emission scores and mpg of their fleet. Some of the honorable mentions that are likely to enter this market include BMW’s 3 and 7 series, Audi’s A4 plug-in hybrid electric car, Volkswagen’s Passat and Mercedes’ E-Class. Although Ford is already through with the production of its Fusion Energi, it has announced its intention to release the plug-in hybrid car’s next generation. Tesla’s Model X is also worth mentioning, with bulk deliveries expect to begin in 2016.


Leave a Comment December 31, 2015

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