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General Motors on 32 Plug-in Hybrid and Electric

By John Addison (5/27/11)

A Motors executive recently a small group that GM is on 32 electric car derivatives all based on the Chevrolet Volt ’s electric system. Voltec is GM’s and roadmap for a number of exciting future vehicles with drive systems. This Propulsion System was formerly the E-Flex architecture.

Voltec can an electric drive system uses a small engine with an electric generator, as today’s Chevrolet Volt in and the similar Opel Ampera for and Japan.  If it made economic the engine could be a diesel in or natural gas in Latin America. and generator could be replaced a fuel cell. GM could produce a pure battery-electric the Nissan Leaf .

Clean Fleet Report is on a Buick plug-in hybrid and a battery electric car to be announced in the months. The Buick will likely be parallel hybrid We are also betting that derivatives in research and development never be commercialized.

Some depend on battery breakthroughs deliver more energy less space and vehicle The Voltec Propulsion System drive something bigger an Equinox, or fit in something smaller a Cruze.

You won’t see the same s electric motor and battery-pack in a Tahoe or Silverado; the vehicles are too But we already see 40-foot electric and series hybrids. GM Vice Research and Development in an interview AutoCar last year “With battery technology as it stands, extended-range vehicles are larger than the Volt — saloons, trucks and SUVs — really possible; they simply be too heavy to be efficient.

For types of cars, fuel and biofuels are the future. Ironically the E-REV powertrain won’t package in a much smaller car the Volt, either. So expect all to be between four and five long.”

Future Batteries Could 30 to 50 Percent More

New battery however, is promising more with less weight and size. To advance its lithium GM Ventures invested $7 million in Calif.-based Envia Systems to GM’s battery engineering with access to advanced cathode technology that higher cell energy and lower cost. In a separate GM has secured the right to use Envia’s cathode material for future GM driven vehicles.  If successful, could produce 30% to 50% better per weight.

GM Envia Report.

I interviewed GM executives last they planned to sell to 10,000 Volts in 2011. Volt test drives and gas prices have caused a of demand from your down the street, rental car and giant global fleets as General Electric.

For a platform appropriate for larger and SUVs, GM has invested in Bright For a future of personal vehicles for mobility, GM is experimenting with the built on a Segway platform. For look for the action in C and B platform

The Volt is an electric vehicle offers a total driving of 379 miles, based on EPA estimates.  For the 35 miles, the Volt can drive and tailpipe-free using a full of electricity stored in its 16-kWh battery.  When the Volt’s runs low, a gas-powered seamlessly operates to extend the range another 344 miles on a change.

60,000 Chevrolet for 2012

General Motors’ Assembly plant, home of the Volt, will close for weeks beginning in June for upgrades to prepare for a significant in the rate of Volt production, with assembly of the 2013 Malibu midsize sedan.

Already in tight supply, the of Volts available for delivery to customers will be further over the next three before production resumes and the and the Opel Ampera begin exported to Europe and China.

Volt will be available to nationwide by the end of 2011,” said Landy, director of Chevrolet Marketing.  The 2011 was launched in California, New York, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Texas, Virginia and Washington, But Volt orders have in from 48 states.

The Volt be available nationwide and in Europe, and Canada by the end of this year.

As a of the plant upgrades, planned and Ampera production capacity year will increase to units, including exports and a of several hundred demonstration sent to U.S. dealers.  In global production capacity is to be 60,000 vehicles with an 45,000 to be delivered in the United

“Drivers do not have to compromise,” Byron Shaw, General Managing Director, Advanced He has already driven his Volt the U.S. twice. He sited 80 miles round trip San Francisco to Stanford University as an In his Volt, he drives down the without range anxiety.

the battery deplete, the gasoline engages. For the same trip in my Leaf. I only used the for half the trip, driving 65 in the lane to save electrons.

I the other half on city where range is much Not only did I avoid running the AC, for the part, I kept the fan off. hybrid convenience versus gasoline free.

For extending I look for a charging station. In the I will also look for DC Charging stations where I can get up to 80 miles in 20 minutes. The Volt not have a fast charge and does not need one. 300 miles of range is available at the gas station. To reach a broad GM will ultimately offer a of plug-in hybrids and electric to meet various customer

GM’s future is increasingly

By John Addison. Founder of the Fleet Report, author of Gas, Save the Planet. writes about electric renewable energy, and sustainability. (c) John Addison.

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