General Motors’ Great Electric Endeavors
Chevrolet Spark EV
When it comes to Electric Vehicles (EVs), consumers are concerned with two factors that generally fall short to standard gasoline powered automobiles, range and price. Manufacturers and consumers are looking for more fuel efficiency; as technology progresses more EVs and alternative powered vehicles hit the market in an effort to meet these concerns. Right now the Nissan Leaf is touted as the leader in electric vehicle value, but GM/Chevrolet’s unveiling of the Chevy Spark EV with its low price and adequate driving range might soon challenge the allure of the Leaf. For more information: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/05/24/chevy-spark-ev-undercuts-competitions-charge-times-prices/http://www.treehugger.com/cars/chevrolet-spark-ev-be-priced-27495-lease-starting-199month.html
Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR’s Lighter Engines
It is rumored that General Motors engineers plan on lowering the engines weight in future models of the Volt and the soon to be released Cadillac ELR by decreasing the amount of cylinders from four to three, improving fuel economy and lightening the engine load on the car. Nothing has been approved quite yet, but these improvements will be implemented in 2015 (Volt) and 2016 (ELR) and could have a major effect on the price and fuel efficiency of these models. In this case “downsizing” will be a very good thing. For more information: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/03/chevy-volt-cadillac-elr-may-get-3-cylinder-engine.html
200 Mile Range
General Motor’s CEO, Dan Akerson, revealed that the company is working on an electric car with up to a 200 mile range. Apparently GM is taking the “opportunity to seize the energy high ground”, Akerson explained, and “actually developing a car today which is really anathema to the way the auto industry works: We’re running a dual play on the technology to see which one will succeed. One will result in” a 100-mile range, “the other will be a 200-mile range.” For more information: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/brandons-blog-cars/2013/mar/27/GM/ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-06/akerson-says-gm-working-on-200-mile-range-electric-car.html
The endeavors of General Motors are a perfect example of sustainability planning, revealing the benefits to manufacturer, consumer and environment all in one effort. Better late than never, look for other U.S. auto companies to follow GM’s lead in the near future.