Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Chevrolet Volt Is Edison Award Gold Medalist

by Chevrolet in the News on May 16, 2011
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The groundbreaking 2011 Chevrolet Volt won a major new honor recently when the world’s first extended-range electric vehicle was recognized with a Gold Medal from the 2011 Edison Awards. Inspired by the persistence and excellence of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison—who earned more than 1,000 U.S. patents—the awards are given annually to recognize the top achievements in innovation from around the country.
The Volt more than lives up to that ideal, thanks to industry advances in key areas like aerodynamics and powertrain development. Hours of painstaking work in GM wind tunnels make the Volt the most aerodynamic vehicle ever sold by Chevrolet, while the car’s incredible propulsion system is allowing drivers to go more than 1,000 miles between fill ups. That’s because the Volt can deliver up to 50 miles of all-electric, no-emissions driving on a routine overnight charge.
And there’s no need to worry about “range anxiety” with the Volt, either. If its battery pack runs low, the car’s high-efficiency I4 engine can take over to deliver hundreds of more miles of driving capability at an EPA-rated 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway/37 mpg combined.
Backed by this kind of practical technology, the Volt’s long list of honors also includes:
“Being selected as an Edison Award winner validates our drive to develop an all-new transportation solution,” said Tony Posawatz, vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt. “Innovation has been at the heart of the Volt from its onset; from the development of the Li-ion battery to the drive unit and the driver connectivity.”
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2012 Chevy Corvette Changes Zeigler Chevrolet Scahumburg

2012 Corvette: America’s Best Gets Better

by Chevrolet in the News on May 24, 2011
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After pushing Corvette performance to new levels with the incredible ZR1, and then commemorating Chevy’s 100th anniversary with the debut of the Chevrolet Centennial Edition, the brand has re-set the bar once more by unleashing significant upgrades for the 2012 model year.
“We constantly strive to make the Corvette a better car on the road and the track,” says Tadge Juechter, Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer. “For 2012, the Corvette lineup achieves its highest performance level ever, while at the same time being easier to drive and enjoy thanks to several changes and new features inside the car.”
It all starts in the Corvette’s cabin, where the entire 2012 lineup gets a thorough interior refresh that includes a new seat design with larger, more supportive bolsters and available Microfiber suede inserts; a revised steering wheel that showcases streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes, along with different badging for each different Corvette model; a padded center console and armrests; and a new uplevel audio system from Bose. The fresh setup boasts nine speakers (two more than the previous system), and includes new tweeters and improved bass performance. In addition, customers can now choose from four brake-caliper colors—red, yellow, silver or gray—to further fine-tune their ‘Vette’s appearance.
But the big news comes at the top of the Corvette lineup, where the big boys play. The two best-performing Corvettes—the lightweight Z06, boasting a 505-hp V8, and the ZR1, living up to its title as the ultimate Corvette with a supercharged 638 horses under the hood—get some fine-tuning of their own. Among their available performance-oriented enhancements: New Michelin Cup ZP competition-style tires, developed by the same Michelin engineers who are behind the rubber for Corvette Racing’s American Le Mans Series efforts. The 285/30-19 (front) and 335/25-20 (rear) tires are then wrapped around all-new aluminum wheels, available with either satin-black or machined finishes. And not only are they five pounds lighter than the outgoing wheels, but they’re stronger, too.
The 2012 model year also will see the introduction of Corvette’s exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology to the Z06. PTM helps manage torque delivery for optimum performance and, when combined with the new wheel/tire combination, helped cut three seconds from the Corvette’s lap times during testing at the Virginia International Raceway.
Other new optional goodies include a full-width racing-style spoiler for both the Z06 and ZR1, as well as the addition of Magnetic Selective Ride Control—the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology—for the Z06.
Production of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette lineup is expected to begin in July.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Chevy Volt Uses Recycled Material From Gulf Oil Spill. Video Zeigler Chevrolet

Chevy Volt Uses Recycled Material From Gulf Oil Spill

by Chevrolet in the News on December 22, 2010
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General Motors has devised a way to “creatively recycle” oil-soaked plastic boom material from the BP oil spill. The material, salvaged from the Gulf of Mexico, has been re-purposed for auto parts used in the Chevrolet Volt.
“Creative recycling is one extension of GM’s overall strategy to reduce its environmental impact,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety policy. “We reuse and recycle material by-products at our 76 landfill-free facilities every day. This is a good example of using this expertise and applying it to a greater magnitude.”
If GM didn’t devise a method to convert the 100 miles of material, it would have likely wound up in landfills. Luckily, the material is much better suited going into the all-new Volt. The parts used with this material deflect air around the Volt’s radiator and are comprised of 25 percent boom material and 25 percent recycled tires, and the remaining is a mixture of post-consumer recycled plastics and other polymers.
“This was purely a matter of helping out,” said John Bradburn, manager of GM’s waste-reduction efforts. “If sent to a landfill, these materials would have taken hundreds of years to begin to break down, and we didn’t want to see the spill further impact the environment. We knew we could identify a beneficial reuse of this material given our experience.”
The Chevy Volt was recently awarded Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, so it seems appropriate that the extended-range EV is built with recycled and/or renewable materials. For more information on this incredible process, see the video below.


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Advanced Tires Help The Chevy Cruze Maximize MPG

by Chevrolet in the News on May 5, 2011
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As gas prices exceed $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, the Chevrolet Cruze Eco is a compact car that’s ready to help drivers save money at the pump. Although it’s equipped with a fuel-efficient powertrain, the Cruze Eco also boasts one innovative feature that helps conserve fuel — its tires.
General Motors worked closely with tire manufactures to produce an industry benchmark tire that boosts fuel efficiency by three miles per gallon on the Chevy Cruze Eco, the most fuel-efficient model in the Cruze lineup. That may not sound like much, but that translates into about 38 extra miles on a tank of fuel and a savings of about $112 per year for the average driver.
“This tire is way beyond anything in its category,” said GM engineer Chuck Lantz. The Cruze Eco tires make use of special polymers built into the tread compound to reduce rolling resistance, which means less energy is required to keep the tire moving.
So the question is, what makes this tire so unique? According to Lantz, the Cruze Eco’s tires are made of an advanced high-tech polymer that reduces rolling resistance without sacrificing traction.
“Thanks to the high-tech polymers we used, we were able to create a high-MPG set of tires without making tradeoffs in other important areas like tire-braking traction and all-weather handling,” said Lantz. “As far as the ride goes, these tires are as smooth as any tire on the road today.”
The fuel-sipping Chevy Cruze Eco achieves 42 miles per gallon on the highway. With a starting suggested price of $19,175, Cruze Eco offers hybrid-like fuel economy without the premium price tag.

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Chevy Volt Helps Feathered Friends Feel Right At Home
by Chevrolet in the News on May 2, 2011
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The advanced lithium-ion batteries in the Chevrolet Volt are a key enabler of the car’s environmentally friendly mission, and not just because they can help the drivers achieve an emissions-free, all-electric driving range of up to 50 miles. Showcasing GM’s long-time dedication to recycling, 10 environmental and facilities engineers from General Motors, along with a group of local kids from Detroit’s Lasky Recreation Center, recently teamed up to hatch a new way to get the most from the Volt’s batteries: Converting scrap battery covers—which would have otherwise ended up getting tossed out with the trash—into nesting boxes for the wood ducks, screech owls and other bird life living at GM facilities across the country.
“This is a great example of finding an alternative use for something we receive in our assembly plant every day,” said John Bradburn, manager of waste-reduction efforts for GM. “Our employees think about waste differently than most … they view it as a challenge to keep items in their use phase.”
And this isn’t the first time the Volt has extended its ecologically sound approach to the auto industry beyond the road. Earlier this year, GM announced it had developed a way to take the plastic boom material being used to soak up oil from the Gulf of Mexico and then recycle it into parts found under the Volt’s hood. This effort is expected to keep more than 100,000 pounds of plastic waste out of landfills this year alone.
“This was purely a matter of helping out,” added John Bradburn. “If sent to a landfill, these materials would have taken hundreds of years to begin to break down, and we didn’t want to see the spill further impact the environment. We knew we could identify a beneficial reuse of this material given our experience.”

Monday, May 2, 2011


Chevy Volt: Real-World Efficiency From Real-world Drivers

2011 Chevrolet Volt image
Chevrolet has been bragging about the amazing fuel efficiency of the all-newChevy Volt ever since it was approved for production, but now that the car is actually on sale, the company is letting Volt owners do the job. In fact, Chevy recently showcased the stories from a trio of early Volt buyers, all of whom have plenty to boast about.
Take Matt Stehouwer of Lansing, Mich. Stehouwer was so eager to buy one of Chevy’s innovative extended-range electric vehicles that he went to New York to take delivery of his Volt. Since then, he has covered approximately 1,500 miles in the Volt, including both his drive back to Michigan and a daily 32-mile round-trip commute to work, and is averaging 62 mnpg.
Retiree Mike McCarver upped that ante by reporting a 93 mpg average in 800 miles of Volt driving so far. The resident of Los Altos, Calif., relies on his Volt for around-the-town driving and an occasional trip to his vacation home, located 80 miles away. Said McCarver: “I really believe that over the long-term we have to have technology that is going to get us off fossil fuels and the Volt does that—I have the option of never buying gas again.”
Then there’s Mike DiPisa, of Lyndhurst, N.J. With a daily round-trip commute of 26 miles, DiPisa says, “I haven’t filled up my Volt since I took delivery.” The bottom line here: Of the first 1,485 miles that DiPisa drove in his extended-range electric vehicle, grid electricity provided the power to cover 1,391 of them. That works out to an average of 231 mpg—a performance Chevrolet says “is on the high end of real-life experiences of early Volt owners, but it isn’t that unusual.”
All told, according to the company, “By recharging their Volt regularly, owners are easily surpassing the 93 miles per gallon equivalence, or MPGe, on full electric operation and an overall 60 MPGe composite fuel economy during extended-range operation.
“The EPA ratings make the Volt the most energy-efficient compact car on the market today.”