Power to the People
Four new EVs already this year – the first wave of an electric transport revolution. General Motors is setting itself an ambitious target: to bring electric vehicles to the masses. As evidence, the company points to its 2016 Volt, Malibu Hybrid, FNR Concept and production commitment to the Bolt EV.
Building on Chevy’s expertise gained from the Volt, the Bolt EV is described as “the game changing, next generation all electric vehicle”. It’s designed to offer better than 200 miles (320 km) at a target price in the USA of around $28.000.
The Chevrolet-FNR, which made its debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show where it received the Best Leading Technology Award, is a self driving EV concept designed to meet the transportation needs of the future. It can sense driver biometrics, switch between autonomous and manual driving and even suggest alternative driving routes.
The 2016 Volt builds on the original’s strengths with an electric-only range of 80 kilometers and a total range of around 650 km. It uses an all-new, second-generation Voltec extended range electric propulsion system. The other car launched this year, the Chev Malibu Hybrid, uses Volt derived tech to arrive at segment-topping estimated combined fuel economy rating of 5 litres/100 km – unsurpassed in its segment.
The Bolt’s features include driver selectable operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising.
It’s built of lightweight – materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh to help complement the design while cutting weight. There’s also a concept Bolt EV Connect app designed to allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob, allow ride-sharing management and incorporate automatic park and retrieval technology.
And, in other Chev news…
- The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is powered by General Motors’ new global family of Ecotec small-displacement engines, featuring a modular architecture that is easier to build and adaptable to global markets, while offering customers segment-challenging efficiency, refinement and durability. In North America, the Cruze is offered with a new 113 kW Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that features direct injection to help offer a GM-estimated 5.9 litres/100 km on the highway with a new six-speed automatic transmission and standard stop/start technology.
- Theft Alarm Notification is a new service, part of GM’s existing Stolen Vehicle Assistance service that allows OnStar subscribers to receive a real-time alert when the vehicle’s alarm sounds.