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The ride-sharing fleet of sharing Lyft Inc. will soon include thousands of specially fitted self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. If plans push through, Lyft’s clients would be riding in autonomous EVs as early as start of 2018, according to a report by Reuters, citing sources privy to GM’s plans.
This brings the partnership between GM and Lyft to a new level – a technologically advanced collaboration that involves not just innovative electric vehicles, but also ground-breaking autonomous ones. Deploying thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV to Lyft would allow the United States-based carmaker to accelerate tests of its autonomous technology on its zero-emission cars. One of Reuters’ sources divulged that Lyft is planning to deploy these autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs for testing in a number of states across the US.
GM’s plans are in line with pronouncements of its executives and with its investor presentations in 2016 that it intends to build a high volume of self-driving vehicles and then deploy them in ride sharing services like Lyft. Despite these pronouncements ad presentations, details are still vague as to how many autonomous vehicles will be built or when the US carmaker is specifically planning to deploy them. In fact, GM has only said in recent statement that its autonomous vehicle technology will be featured in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than people have expected. It should be noted that the GM acquired a minority stake in Lyft in 2016 for around $500 million.Read the entire article GM to deploy thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Lyft’s ride-sharing service
General Motors will unveil at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show an electric car concept that would preview an EV that would challenge Tesla Motor’s offerings with its 200-miles range, a source privy with the matter told Automotive News.
GM is planning to launch a production version of the Chevrolet Bolt concept by 2017. The carmaker will also unveil its redesigned Volt plug-in hybrid at the Detroit auto show. It registered for the Chevrolet Bolt trademark in August 2014.
According to the source, the Bolt bears a hatchback body style and is larger than the Bolt. It will have starting price of between $30,000 and $35,000, which means a buyer could purchase it under $30,000 once a federal tax credit is counted.Read the entire article GM to unveil Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept at 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Several years ago, on April 15, 2013, Ford and General Motors signed an agreement to jointly use automatic transmissions that both automakers had developed. This was developed mainly for models like the F-150 and the Mustang. For the former, their part of the deal was to share its own 10 speed gearbox to rear wheel drive cars with GM, and in return, they will be able to use the 9 speed gearbox which they can use in front wheel drive crossovers, for a smoother and more efficient drive.
The gearbox seen in this photo, the Hydra-Matic 9T50, which was originally introduced in Chevy models with the 2017 Malibu, 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox will not find its way inside a Ford model. Rather, the automaker opted to use an eight speed box for models like the Edge and the MKX that replaces the Lincoln Nautilus.
So what made them change their mind? Well, Ford believes that GM’s transmission is not good enough to handle the extra weight that comes from the new gear. That is not all, because it also argues that it does not justify the increased cost required for it to adapt to the Ford models. AutoPacific Inc. analyst, Dave Sullivan, even joked that if he was offered a transmission that did not require much work, outside of tuning it for a specific vehicle, he would take it and run.Read the entire article Ford won’t use GM’s 9 speed automatic transmission due to cost, efficiency snags
General Motors has long faced issues in the European market. After years of experiencing losses, as well as weakening sales, the brand earlier this year sold off not only its Vauxhall brand but even the Opel brand. Opel is the main brand name that GM uses in Europe with the exception of the U.K. In the United Kingdom, Vauxhall, a British subsidiary of Opel, uses its very own brand name.
GM had disclosed that its European operations experienced a $257 million loss, the 16th year it had done so. GM would then sell the Opel and Vauxhall brands to the PSA Group in a deal valued at $2.3 billion.
For those familiar with the matter, the European operations of Chevrolet, known way back as Daewoo, was also halted in 2013. This was after the Chevrolet brand experienced losses amounting to $18 billion over several years. The phaseout was completed by the later part of 2015. Saab, which is another GM brand, was initially sold in 2010 before succumbing to bankruptcy by 2012.Read the entire article GM hints at possible full-scale comeback to Europe
Just last year, Cruise Automation was acquired by General Motors, and today, it is the self-driving startup that is gobbling up companies on its own. General Motors is stepping their game up once more. To make things easier for them when it comes to the development of autonomous cars, they decided to acquire California-based Strobe, Inc. Not a lot of you may have heard of this company, but Strobe specializes in LiDAR technology, and that is a huge step forward for companies who are into autonomous systems for automobiles. After the acquisition, Strobe engineers will become part of the automaker’s Cruise Automation team.
Julie Schoenfeld, Founder and CEO of Strobe, Inc., said in a statement that the successful deployment of self-driving vehicles will have to depend on the availability of LiDAR sensors. Furthermore, GM and Cruise will benefit from Strobe’s deep engineering talent and technology backed by a number of patents. And hopefully, the automaker brings these autonomous vehicles sooner than we would think.
LiDAR is different from radar systems because the former uses laser pulses to “see” an area, whereas the latter relies on radar systems to do the same thing. And the LiDAR, as we know, is much more detailed as it creates a better picture of its surroundings, which translates to a more accurate processing of information. In other words, the LiDAR system can see a more realistic picture of what’s around it - from cars, pedestrians, and the road. Therefore, the LiDAR systems will play a pivotal role in the current and future development of autonomous cars. However, radars and LiDARs can complement each other to create a more robust and fault-tolerant sensing suite, operating in a wide range of environmental and lighting conditions.Read the entire article GM gets closer to producing fully autonomous vehicles with acquisition of Strobe Inc.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.
The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.
Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.Read the entire article 2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
General Motors is inching closer to its goal of building vehicles that aren’t just friendly with the environment, but are also fully autonomous. This comes as GM’s Chevrolet division recently completed the assembly of around 130 units of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle employing mass-production techniques.
These 130 Chevy Bolt EVs – which are still test units -- are equipped with the carmaker’s next generation of self-driving technology, as developed by Cruise Automation, a GM subsidiary. The first of these 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles rolled off the production at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, in January 2017. At that moment, GM achieved a new milestone by becoming the first carmaker to assemble self-driving test vehicles in a mass-production facility using mass production methods.
These 130 units of next-generation self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs are set to join over 50 units of current-generation autonomous Bolt EVs that are now deployed in testing fleets in several locations like in San Francisco, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit in Michigan. Engineers from both GM Cruise Automation engineers have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale since June 2016. These engineers have also been testing these Bolt EVs on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017.Read the entire article GM completes mass production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles
Around four months after Chevrolet commenced selling the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt in the United States, this accessible electric crossover has already reached a new milestone. As Chevrolet disclosed, as of April 2, 2017, 3,492 Bolt owners in the US have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles since its sales began in December 2016.
Considering the Bolt’s economy and the average EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 2017 vehicles in the US (26 mpg), the total electric miles driven on the Bolt means that over 175,000 gallons of fuel have been saved.
On a single charge, the Bolt EV could be driven as far as 238 EPA-estimated miles. Thus, it was amazing that one owner reported having continually driven a new Bolt for a record 310 miles without recharging. This new record is way beyond how far a Bolt could go in average (electric range), but thanks to efforts its owners, it is possible to make the EV exceed its EPA-estimated range. The fact that an average Bolt owner driving around 53 miles daily shows that the EV is suitable not just for day-to-day drives, but also when going on a road trip.Read the entire article 175,000 gallons of fuel saved through new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s what Harvey Payne did with his Chevrolet Bolt. Ever since he bought it, it had been experiencing a number of issues and had to be constantly brought to the shop. Hailing from California, Payne did what few people would probably do and that is ask the automaker for a buyback.
In order to drive his point home, he made a 20-minute video revealing what has been happening and posted it on video-sharing site YouTube.
According to him, he had just recently received the Bolt from delivery when it started showing the “service vehicle soon” light. He immediately took it to his local Chevrolet dealer and not surprisingly, said light went away. Since the dealership was unable to reproduce this particular issue, it returned the vehicle to Payne. After that the light returned and it was not alone.Read the entire article Chevrolet Bolt owner asks for buyback and GM says yes
It looks like Opel/Vauxhall will have a new owner soon. This comes as the PSA Group and General Motors are currently holding talks over the possibility of GM selling its Opel unit to the French carmaker.
The discussions were first reported by Reuters and Bloomberg News, citing sources. In a recent statement, GM confirmed that the two carmakers are exploring several strategic initiatives with the objective of improving profitability as well as operational efficiency. GM added that the discussions included a potential acquisition of Opel Vauxhall by the PSA Group. GM also noted that the carmakers have been in alliance since 2012, with the partnership covering three projects in Europe.
Selling Opel to the PSA Group wouldn’t be an easy thing to do for GM. There are quite a number of financial, industrial and political considerations that needed to be factored in. That said, both GM and PSA could also earn some benefits from such transaction.Read the entire article GM confirms holding talks to sell Opel to the PSA Group
Considered as two of the leaders of in fuel cell technology among carmakers, GM and Honda inked in 2013 a long-term agreement to co-develop the next-generation fuel cell system as well as hydrogen storage technologies. The two carmakers also aimed to advance refueling infrastructure to improve the viability of fuel cell vehicles. To achieve this, GM and Honda planned to share expertise and economies of scale as well as pursue common sourcing strategies – thereby making fuel cell systems less costly to produce for the carmaker and more affordable to end consumers.
The agreement resulted in the establishment of the Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), a manufacturing joint venture – as its name obviously indicates -- that will focus on the mass production of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be employed in the upcoming products from GM and Honda. The two carmakers will invest in equal amounts a total of $85 million in the joint venture – the first in the auto industry – with an aim to commence mass production operations by the end of the decade (2020). FCSM will be based within GM’s battery pack production site located in Brownstown, Michigan.Read the entire article GM and Honda create Michigan-based joint venture for mass production of fuel cell systems
It seems that the much publicized breakfast meeting between the new President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler was a success, given the optimistic attitudes of the carmakers’ top honchos after the discussions.
Also present in the meeting – which GM CEO Mary Barra called as “very constructive” – Matt Blunt, a former Republican governor of Missouri who now serves as head of a US automaker trade association, Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and other senior administration officials.
Basically, the meeting centered on bringing more jobs back to the US, which is one of the primary promises that Trump made during the presidential campaign. Discussions also included the possible policies that Trump intends to implement in the auto industry and how he plans to make it more enticing for carmakers to build more assembly plants in the US to create more jobs, thereby keeping jobs in the country.Read the entire article President Trump meets with Big Three CEOs over efforts to open jobs in the US
Looks like Chevy Bolt went into full speed--- almost immediately after its production version was officially launched. To keep the momentum going, it beat Volvo S90 and Hyundai Genesis G90 in bagging the 2017 North American Car of the Year award.
This week’s event in Detroit has also included the announcement of several winners in other categories. The 2017 Truck of the Year went to Honda Ridgeline, beating its closest competitors ---the Nissan Titan and Ford’s Super Duty F-Series pickup. Chrysler Pacifica meanwhile bested Mazda’s CX-9 and Jaguar’s F-Pace for the Utility of the Year award, which was divided into separate categories under minivans, crossovers just to name a few.
It’s undeniable that Chevrolet’s latest entry is the real gem out of the many contenders for this year. The small yet affordable electric hatchback with 238 miles of range was also named “Green Car of the Year” and “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend and Green Car Journal.Read the entire article Chevrolet Bolt EV is named 2017 Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show
Back in January of this year, Chevrolet revealed the details of the Bolt electric vehicle. At around this time, the brand also disclosed that the Bolt would come with a $30,000 base price, after considering the federal tax credit of $7,500. Thus, for an electric vehicle that delivers a range of at least 200 miles, this price can be seen as affordable. However, there remains to be interested customers that will either not have the $30,000 easily on hand, hesitant to spend such amount even if they have it, or will not spend it in payments.
That’s why Chevrolet has come up with a program that will allow customers the chance to drive such a vehicle. According to Electrek, GM Financial has started a leasing program specifically for the Bolt with no cash down and a minimum amount of $309 per month after incentives.
That said, it is obvious that should a customer opt to lease a Bolt instead of purchase one, that same customer will not be able to take advantage of the federal tax credit. What General Motors will do is to pass this to the customer resulting in a lower monthly payment. While an $80 fee per week may be difficult for some, this remains to be a good bargain considering that the Bolt was named by Motor Trend as Car of the Year.Read the entire article Chevrolet reveals Bolt leasing program at $309/month
General Motors has teamed up with OnStar and IBM to create another technological innovation in the automotive world. The OnStar Go, General Motor’s new cognitive mobility platform, aims to help its customers “connect and interact” and purchase items even when on the go.
OnStar Go will make use of the IBM Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence software and tech platform that reveals various requested data with the use of natural language processing and machine learning. It will then go through the data to identify patterns in the driver’s preferences including their decisions and habits; this information will then be sent to brand and marketing professionals who work with IBM and OnStar for them to provide individualized location-based interactions with their target audience and customers. In short, OnStar Go will provide in-car advertising in each GM model.
This new technology will be making its way in future GM models, and will be the equivalent of a Google Assistant or Siri. It will serve the same purpose as these smartphone assistants, suggesting nearby restaurant offers and even locate the nearest gas station.Read the entire article GM teams with IBM to create new OnStar Go cognitive mobility platform in 2017
The release of the Bolt EV signals Chevrolet's big step in making electric vehicles more appealing to the masses. Two factors that make it possible for the Bolt to achieve this is the range of 383 kilometers (238 miles) on a full charge and the fact that it comes at a reasonable price.
Starting with the issue of price, the Bolt will be the first in the new line of electric vehicles to enter the market at a rather affordable rate. While there are indeed a number of less expensive selections, most of them have a problem with regards to range. The Nissan Lead for example has difficulty reaching 160 kilometers (100 miles). The Bolt though boasts of a range that is two times longer. Although the initial price before government incentives is at $37,495, taking into account the tax rebates could likely lower the amount to $29,995.
Chevrolet is said to offer a Premier trim which adds in the mirror a display for the rear camera, a camera system that allows for rotation of 360 degrees, and the leather seats. There is however no word as to the price of this trim. Being the first model in a segment that is just starting to grow, the Bolt has the benefit of being the first mover. While the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be an electric car that is affordable with a starting price estimated at $35,000, official market launch is still a year away. In terms of range, the Tesla Model 3 is estimated to go 346 kilometers (215 miles), still lower than what the Bolt has to offer.Read the entire article GM starts production of its new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The EV1 was General Motors’ first mass-produced electric vehicle. It was released produced and leased from 1996 up to 1999. However, the dream to make an emission-free world was crushed in 2004; and we mean that literally. One of the reasons why GM crushed every EV enthusiast’s dream along with the EV1 is because at that time the market for EVs was very small and producing an EV was then deemed unprofitable.
It was a sad year for every EV enthusiast but it didn’t signal the last efforts GM made for EVs. Over the years, GM has been in the works developing EVs and has been able to build and sell two generations of the Chevrolet Volt. And just this year, GM launched its first pure electric vehicle ever since the EV1 – introducing the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. The Chevy Bolt EV is another addition to the contenders for the best 200-mile EVs below a $40,000 price range. It is said to be a tough competition of the Tesla Model 3 – which by the way is already a phenomenal hit.
Despite all the hustle and bustle that the Chevy Bolt is making, there are still some EV owners and fans that can’t help but become skeptical about GM’s plans. The Bolt EV will be replacing the low-volume compliance car, the 2016 Chevy Spark EV. It will also be the “first mass-priced 200-mile electric car” once it will be released in the market which is targeted to happen by the end of this year or early 2017. The first cars will be delivered in California and in other places where EV cars are abundant.Read the entire article Is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV just another compliance car?
In a bid to streamline its various processes in racing engine design enhancements and its eventual application to production car models, General Motors recently announced the opening of its all new GM Powertrain Performance and Racing Center. Located in the Pontiac, Michigan campus, the new facility will house the soon-to-be relocated Performance and Racing team currently housed in their Racing Center in Wixom, Michigan facility.
The new center is part of the $200 million investment of the Pontiac campus and is now directly connected to GM’s Global Powertrain Engineering Center. Comprised of nearly 100 engineers, engine builders and support staff, the Performance and Racing team is mainly responsible for developing new engine designs for NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, and IMSA, among others. On the other hand, the Global Powertrain Engineering group is in charge for the production of powertrains for production vehicles.
Dan Nicholson, VP for General Motors Global Powertrain applauds the move. Nicholson observes that with the two divisions within easy reach, the set up offers faster communication between racing engineers and powertrain engineers allowing faster integration of racing tested new technologies to mainstream vehicle production. Nicholson added that “we race to win and learn” which means that racing ultimately benefits the end customers with better performing and safer vehicles.Read the entire article GM opens performance and racing center
According to a General Motors (GM) Company executive, the automobile manufacturer will raise the production rate of its Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has suffered from low supply since it was launched for customer sales 18 months ago.
Production and assembly of the Chevrolet Colorado are being held at GM's plant in Wentzville, Missouri, where its sibling vehicle GMC Canyon is also produced. According to Chevrolet Director of Truck Marketing Sandor Piszar, there is a "hard tooling capacity on the line.”
To meet the demand for the trucks, Piszar said that the company will increase the production capacity at its Wentzville plant. Additionally, GM Wentzville plant spokesman Darin Copeland confirmed that the company is working on the line speed to produce more trucks.Read the entire article GM expands production of Chevrolet Colorado, Canyon at Wentzville Plant to meet global demand
Chevrolet’s designers dreamed of creating a magnificent electric vehicle that surpasses all boundaries and challenges the normal expectations from an electric automobile. That’s how the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – its first ground-up, long range electric vehicle – came to be.
Chevrolet wanted to give its EV a complete design makeover. Stuart Norris, MD of Design, said that the design team overcame the task by creating a progressive design for its global customers that emphasized exceptional graphics and that boasted a larger passenger space. The 2017 Bolt EV has been styled with unique proportions and is powered by a flat battery package that lies below the interior floor.
The car has a solid stance with a 102.4 inch wheelbase and a wide track, depicting a small crossover. It utilises advanced next generation technology that generates tremendous driving power from a short front overhang. The designers have successfully drawn a progressive profile on the exterior, evident in the large windows, steep windshield and plunging beltline. They also developed a spacious interior that has an airy and well-lit feel.Read the entire article 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV makes its debut
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