May 1, 2011
General Motors is looking to the future by sponsoring the 2011 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo (ACT).
This 2011 ACT brings together stakeholders of alternative fuel and clean vehicles. Besides being the Gold Sponsor, GM also brought their plans that will make GM as THE car manufacturers for alternative fuels.
Several plans, like the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, point to the fact that GM will not focus its green efforts on only one technology. The car maker is working of several planes of this new industry, launching the Volt plug-in hybrid vehicles, announcing plans to make fuel cell cars a reality as well and focusing on alternative fuels like LPG.
Plans are good, but the real thing is even better. We’ll see if GM goes through with these plans.
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Apr 1, 2011
During the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, GM’s Chevrolet unveiled a concept, futuristic car that fits its name: The Chevrolet Mi-ray.
The futuristic features are not that hard to believe. Despite being touted as a car that was inspired by jets, it runs on cutting-edge hybrid propulsion technology. The body is made of carbon fiber, and Le Mans racer-style scissor doors open up to show everybody that this car is special.
Focusing on the hybrid engine, the designers say it’s the only one in the world:
The Mi-ray is propelled by two front-mounted 15-kW electric motors for quick acceleration and zero emissions in urban driving. The motors are powered by a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that is charged through regenerative braking energy.
The world is waiting when this little jet hybrid car will go out of the production lines.
[Article and Images via: GM Press Release]
Dec 27, 2010
General Motors is one of the participants in the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show via Shanghai GM. The event brings forward 23 production vehicles as well as concept vehicles in line with its theme “Drive to Green and Leading Innovation”.
Included in the Guangzhou Auto Show is the Sail electric concept vehicle by Shanghai GM and Shanghai’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). The Sail electric concept vehicle, which is based on the previously released Chevrolet Sail, is an environment-friendly small car perfect for ordinary Chinese families.
Powering the Sail electric concept vehicle is a lithium-ion battery (maximum output: 65 kW, maximum torque: 220 Nm, maximum speed: 130 km/h, single electric charge: up to 150 km). Its energy conversion ratio is powered up by its Intelligent Charging Assisting System. Additional energy is triggered by its regenerative braking.
[via Electric Vehicle News]
Dec 24, 2010
In the next five years, General Motors aims to make the most out of unveiling thousands of fuel cell vehicles in various countries.
Based upon how the HydroGen4 model works today, the next generation of fuel cell is being worked on in the hope of producing in a significantly cheaper way. General Motors also wants to slash the amount of platinum by 30 grams.
Still ongoing is the Project Driveway that lets drivers to “borrow” from 100 fuel cell vehicles in order to provide engineers with real life data.
Everyone is looking forward to the hydrogen car boost which path will be paved by General Motors. A longer lifetime for the fuel cell vehicle, lower cost of production, and lower cost of the fuel cell are just some of the factors that will make things work easily for GM.