Posts Tagged: GM EVs

GM reveals expanded EV plans for China

In Shanghai for a workshop at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, Executive Director for Electrification Larry Nitz outlined the company’s short-term electrification roadmap for China. The company will soon launch the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid and Buick LaCrosse Hybrid in China, to be followed by the Cadillac CT6 PHEV later this year. The CT6… Read more »

GM’s South Korean design studio breaks new ground with the Bolt

GM execs are hoping the upcoming Bolt EV will sell in serious volume, and they wanted a design that’s expressive and distinct without looking too sci-fi. For this, they turned to the company’s South Korean design studio. The center began designing the Bolt in 2012, and found it to be a tall order. Designers were… Read more »

GM/Lyft Express Drive rental program expands to California, adds EVs

GM and Lyft plan to expand their Express Drive short-term vehicle access program to California and Colorado. California members will have access to the Volt, and the upcoming Bolt when it becomes available later this year. GM invested $500 million in Lyft in January. Express Drive, which began earlier this year in select cities including… Read more »

Tesla direct sales ban in Connecticut stands, thanks partly to GM lobbying

Tesla’s ongoing crusade to be allowed to sell its vehicles directly to consumers recently suffered a setback in Connecticut, where a pro-Tesla bill failed for the second consecutive year. Tesla has a service facility in Milford, but consumers must purchase the cars in a neighboring state such as New York or Massachusetts. “I think the… Read more »

BMW’s X5 xDrive40e spearheads its plan to offer PHEVs in every market segment

BMW has taken a bold approach to electrification. It began test-marketing EVs in 2012 with the Active E and Mini E, and escalated to full-scale production in 2013 with the i3 EV and i8 plug-in super-sports car, which together passed the milestone of 50,000 worldwide sales in January. BMW deserves a lot of credit for… Read more »

GM releases technical overview of Cadillac CT6 PHEV propulsion system

GM execs have released a preview of three detailed papers on the new plug-in hybrid propulsion system for the Cadillac CT6 (due to go on sale in China in 2016) that will be presented at the SAE World Congress in April (via Green Car Congress). The CT6 powertrain features a number of innovations, and a high… Read more »

GM may license Volt powertrain to other automakers

GM has floated the idea of selling the plug-in hybrid powertrain used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (and in the Cadillac CT6 PHEV and Chevy Malibu Hybrid) to other automakers. “We want to be the partner of choice in propulsion system development in this complex and turbulent era we are approaching,” GM’s global powertrain chief… Read more »

The Bolt EV is on the way, but GM has no plans to invest in fast charging infrastructure

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the hero of the hour – reviewers who checked out the production version at the recent Consumer Electronics Show were impressed, and pundits have been hailing it as the EV that could finally break into the mainstream. But one part of the picture seems to be missing. Many believe… Read more »

Honda and GM to collaborate on PHEVs

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that Honda and General Motors, which are jointly developing fuel cell vehicles, aim to expand their cooperation to include plug-in hybrids. The two automakers may consider jointly manufacturing PHEVs and FCVs, and also plan to work together to develop autonomous driving technology. According to the YS, Honda aims to benefit from… Read more »