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Production Chevrolet Bolt (Image Source: Autoblog) The production version of the Chevrolet Bolt was supposed to make its official debut early next month at the Detroit Auto Show. But as is always the case with high-profile launches, there are bound to be some lapses in security which allows spy photographers the opportunity to give the automotive world an early glimpse at the latest set of wheels. As a result, we now have an unblemished look at the production Bolt in all its glory; at least when it comes to its exterior. While the vehicle’s overall shape is carried over from the concept, many of the details are vastly different, especially when you take a look at the rear quarter windows and... Read more...
General Motors is no stranger to electric vehicles, having given America one of the first somewhat “modern” entries into the sector with the GM EV1 (later called the Saturn EV1). We won’t get into the politics that resulted in the untimely death of that vehicle, but GM has had greater success with its first generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and looks to advance the case with the second generation model. But what about the folks that want a true electric vehicle that has no reliance on gasoline engines? GM gave us the unloved Spark EV, but there’s definitely a market out there for an EV that can travel more than 82 miles per charge. That’s where the Chevrolet Bolt comes... Read more...
Nobody likes it when their smartphone gets hot. High thermals can lead to processor throttling and reduced battery life, and while most phones have built-in mechanisms to prevent the latter, they can cause the phone to pause charging or even turn off completely. To prevent such things from occurring while in transit, Chevrolet is unveiling an in-vehicle phone caddy to keep your phone cool. The system is called Active Phone Cooling and it will be available in several Chevy vehicles, including 2016 Impala and Malibu models. Not only does it keep your phone cool, it also wirelessly charges your handset, assuming you have a phone that supports wireless charging. This is something that's totally unique... Read more...
The electric vehicle wars are about to heat up, and it looks as though the next big fight will be between General Motors and Tesla Motors. Both companies are no stranger to electrified vehicles, but Tesla has by far been the poster child for the EV movement since the introduction of its highly acclaimed Model S. However, GM is looking to swing the momentum back in its favor with the release of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is already hitting the streets in prototype form. This is actually a pretty quick turnaround for GM, as the concept vehicle was first shown this January at the Detroit Auto Show, which means that development on the EV was well underway at that point. GM was kind enough to provide... Read more...
Just over a month ago, General Motors reignited the pony car wars when it launched the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Needless to say, GM used “all of its powers, and all of its skills” in an attempt to deliver a KO to Ford’s Mustang with a 200-pound weight reduction and a 455hp 6.2-liter V8 in SS trim. Today, GM pulled the wraps off some fresh Hot Hardware with a convertible version of the Camaro which we all knew would be coming. The company is particularly proud of the tech that went in to making the “segment’s most advanced top.” The electro-hydraulic convertible top is fully automatic and can be raised or lowered with the vehicle traveling at up to 30 mph. The top can be raised or lowered... Read more...
The pony car wars are about to heat up again. Last year, Ford’s Mustang got a much-hyped complete redesign, bringing with it a new turbo-charged four-cylinder engine option, a revised 5.0-liter V8, all-new styling, and a fully independent rear suspension. This time around, it’s General Motors’ turn, with the unveiling of an all-new, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. For starters, GM has put the vehicle on a massive diet, trimming 200 pounds from its curb weight. GM says that the weight savings allows for a “more nimble, responsive driving experience” and allows the new Camaro SS to turn in lower lap times (it must be some mythical track because the company didn’t take the time to state which... Read more...
Chevrolet announced pricing on the 2016 Volt that shaves nearly $1,200 off of its predecessor’s price tag. The new Volt electric vehicle (EV) rolls in at $33,995, but that’s before you subtract the federal tax credit. The credit can save you as much as $7,500, which would bring your total to around $26,495. If you live in California, state credits could dip the price to just below $25,000. The Volt handles up to 50 miles on a single charge. Chevrolet has been quick to point out that, for many drivers, the 50-mile range means they’ll do most of their driving in the all-electric mode. As we discussed earlier this year, the 50-mile range is an important milestone for Chevrolet. If you still get... Read more...
General Motors raised more than a few eyebrows when it unveiled the quirky-looking Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle concept last month at the Detroit Auto show. In a world where most “affordable” EVs have a driving range of around 80 to 90 miles before they must be recharged; an EV for the “everyman” that can travel 200 miles on a charge was music to the ears of many people. Well, GM today committed to the production of the Bolt, although an exact production start date and on-sale date wasn’t provided. The vehicle will be produced at GM’s Orion Assembly facility, which is located just outside of Detroit, Michigan. “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal:... Read more...
It’s on now! Companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan have been shoving electric vehicles down our throats for the past few years. However, the Focus Electric, Spark EV, and Nissan Leaf can only travel 80 to 90 miles on a charge before they run out of juice. While that may be enough for those that simply commute to work or putter around town, many people with “range anxiety” want a bit more reserve power for longer trips, and vehicles like the Tesla Model S are simply way out of the price range of average Americans. That’s where the Chevrolet Bolt comes in, which is the next logical step past the Chevrolet Volt (even the second generation model) and Spark EV. Shown today in concept form, the... Read more...
General Motors is stepping up it game in the electric car arena with its second generation Chevrolet Volt, and it’s also adding some enhancements to make what’s already a pretty solid commuter vehicle even better this time around. The original Volt combines the best of both worlds by giving drivers the ability to travel 38 miles on battery power alone before the gasoline engine kicks in — the 2016 Chevy Volt extends that all-electric range to an even more impressive 50 miles. To hit the 50-mile mark, the lithium-ion battery pack was increased in capacity from 17.1 kWh (2015 model) to 18.4 kWh. In addition, the battery pack’s weight has been reduced by more than 20 pounds, dropping from 288 total... Read more...
It was revealed in early October that General Motors was planning to release an electric vehicle with a 200-mile range. According to the Automotive News’ sources at the time, the vehicle will be based on the current generation Chevrolet Sonic, which was first introduced in the U.S. market back in 2011 as a 2012 model. The Wall Street Journal is now giving us a few more details on the upcoming EV, which will bill called the Chevrolet Bolt when it debuts in 2017. An additional detail gleamed from the report is that the vehicle will be styled to look more like a crossover and that a concept version of the vehicle will debut on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.The Chevrolet Spark EV is about to receive... Read more...
“Just a moment. Just a moment. I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.” General Motors’ latest technology, which will find its way into future Chevrolet vehicles, has us thinking back to 2001: A Space Odyssey. While we doubt that the computers in future GM vehicles will go off on a murderous rampage, they will be able to detect faults in a limited number of components and alert the driver when they are near failure. GM is using what it calls “predictive technology” to constantly monitor the status of three important components: the battery, the fuel pump, and the starter motor. Additional critical components will be added to the program in... Read more...
It's not uncommon to pull up next to a car that's been driving erratically only to find that the driver is distracted with a smartphone. Hey, it's a sign of the times we live in, and while banning the use of handheld electronics while driving is one solution, hands-free operation is emerging as a compromise. Unfortunately, studies are finding that talking to your car may not be a safer alternative. In fact, there are at least two recent studies that suggest the problem of distracted driving is even worse when using voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems, the Associated Press reports. While such systems allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road while making calls and... Read more...
Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes could be breaking the law if they use the vehicle’s Valet Mode feature. General Motors has been sending out letters to Corvette owners and its Chevrolet dealerships with the warning that the use of this feature could be illegal in some states. Valet Mode is simply a Performance Data Recorder that allows owners to record conversations taking place in their car as well as performance data. It’s a way to know what is happening to your car if a valet is parking it for you or, in a state of temporary insanity, you loan it to a friend or significant other. However, such secret audio recordings are considered illegal in many states. Image Credit: Chevrolet... Read more...
It took automakers quite a long time to finally realize that consumers really adore having technology in their cars. Not just basic stuff like power windows and locks, but more advanced stuff like iPod support, Bluetooth calling and touchscreen navigation units. Chevrolet and Ford have both been pushing technology a lot over the past year or so, and Chevy in particular has been angling to hit that social networking sweet spot that attracts so much attention these days. The 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox are gearing up to be two of the more sophisticated rides of the new year, with Chevy's MyLink system at the forefront of that revolution. Coupled with OnStar (which can now read back Facebook updates),... Read more...
Fast and sexy. Those two adjectives describe how we like our PCs, which might explain why this hobby is often compared to cars. After all, a finely tuned rig that runs laps around the competition could just as easily describe our overclocked six-core machine with multiple GPUs as it could our hotrod sitting out in the garage. Chevy seems to understand this and is offering up a mildly customizable PC in Camaro trim. "Built inside a detailed replica of the new Camaro, this PC brings a new dimension to computing with a dramatic shell design, combining entertainment, work, and play into a lifestyle-enhancing, car enthusiast's dream," Chevy explains. Sounds like a winning combination to us, though... Read more...
We've already learned that Wi-Fi is a vital part of being stuck in an airport, and without it, one just might keel over for good. Well, maybe that's not entirely accurate, but surveys that we seen certainly point out just how important having Internet everywhere is to modern consumers. Even in cars, apparently.Chevrolet is doing its best to stay one step ahead of everyone else by announcing today that owners of several Chevrolet models can transform their vehicle into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot with Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. Essentially, the dealer-installed system allows for full Internet access the car, and up to 150 feet around the car. All you need is a laptop, cellphone or other portable... Read more...
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