We test drove the new Chevrolet Bolt and heres the scoop

April 11, 2017 by  
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When we were invited to test-drive the brand new Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, we naturally jumped on the opportunity. The new Chevrolet Bolt is Chevy’s first mass-market all-electric vehicle, designed for those who want to go further than a hybrid plugin electric like the Chevy Volt . With a range of 238 miles per charge (better than the Nissan Leaf and comparable to the much higher priced Tesla Model S ), for a price tag of around the 30K (after the tax rebates), many have high hopes for the Chevy Bolt as the first true “electric vehicle for the masses”. We were curious to see how this car would fare in real life, and were excited to check it out. Hailed by automotive enthusiasts as the “Tesla Killer,” the Bolt has been a frontrunner in the competition against Tesla’s more affordable electric car, the Model 3 , and now enjoys an entire year’s head start to market. Will the Bolt bring a new wave of adoption for electric vehicles? Read on for our thoughts: We set out in our burnt orange Bolt EV just an hour south of San Francisco, along the picturesque, tree-lined roads of Portola Valley. From the minute we hit our first hill-hugging turn, we knew that we were in for a smooth experience. The car carries the bulk of its weight in its floor-mounted lithium-ion battery pack, which translates to a lower center of gravity, better structural integrity, and ultimately a more enjoyable ride than most gas cars. Naturally of course, the car is extremely quiet as well, without any vroom vroom of an engine. The unique placement of the battery also allows for a flatter floor, making the Bolt noticeably roomier then the Volt and many of its electric vehicle competitors. With AeroVironment’s Level 2 charging station the battery can be recharged to full in only eight hours, making charging as simple and intuitive as plugging in before going to bed. On straighter stretches we were able to zip from 0-60mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds. Drivers can choose between “Drive” and “Low” modes, and while Low mode permits speeds as highs as those in Drive mode, its “regenerative” braking system cleverly funnels braking friction back into the battery the moment the driver lifts their foot from the pedal. A paddle behind the left side of the steering wheel can be used to the same effect or to increase brake regeneration, so much so that the car can come to a complete stop without hitting the brakes. It’s ideal for stop-and-go traffic and even better for conserving energy. Drivers can visualize the energy captured on the car’s 10.2-inch touch screen display. With an impressive 238-mile range per charge, Bay Area owners can make a complete one-way trip to Tahoe without having to refuel, making the Bolt far more suitable for weekend trips than many of its EV competitors, such as the Nissan Leaf . The car’s official MSRP is $37,495 but a federal tax credit of $7500 puts it firmly in the under $30,000 range. All in all, it is easy to see why the Bolt EV might be a tempting choice for those in the market for an electric vehicle. With exceptional range, groundbreaking technology, and roomy interior, we’re convinced the Bolt delivers on everything it promised. Chevy Bolts officially went on sale at dealerships across the West Coast this past December and will be reaching excited customers across the nation by mid 2017. + Chevrolet Bolt

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GM exec confirms plans to launch a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV with Lyft

July 20, 2016 by  
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A General Motors executive just confirmed that the automaker is working on an autonomous version of the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV . The self-driving Bolt will be the automaker’s first fully autonomous vehicle , and it will be available to Lyft drivers as part of the automaker’s $500 billion investment in the ride-sharing company. Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of autonomous tech at GM , recently revealed to Tech Insider that the autonomous Chevy Bolt will be here in the near future. “We have not made that announcement yet, but what I would say is this is all coming much faster than people anticipate, so I’ll say that much. We have been transparent about that,” Fletcher stated. Related: Chevy unveils first pre-production Bolt EV ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut While GM has yet to reveal an expected arrival date of the autonomous Chevy Bolt EV , prototypes of the self-driving Bolt are currently being driven around San Francisco by Cruise Automation – the self-driving car startup that GM bought earlier this year. It’s being reported that GM and Lyft could start testing autonomous vehicles on public roads by the end of the year. The 2017 Chevy Bolt with its 200-mile driving range is expected to enter production by the end of the year. “What I would say is this car is a big part of a transformation of transportation and mobility,” GM’s Pam Fletcher concluded about the future of the Chevy Bolt. + General Motors Via Tech Insider All images @ Cruise Automation and General Motors

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Giant glittering dance floor inspires strangers to dance in the streets of Montreal

July 20, 2016 by  
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Spanning a pedestrian road closed off to cars between the museum and a church, the 3,000-square-foot DANCE FLOOR comprises glittering paving with golden footprints pointed in a variety of directions. The mosaic-like urban installation evokes hammered gold in reference to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Pompeii exhibition. Passersby drawn to the glint and shine of the gold footprints are invited to improvise steps on the giant dance floor . Related: Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal “With Verville’s proposal the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering,” says a press release. “Welcoming varied and unforgettable performances, DANCE FLOOR shines a new dynamism to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ area.” The DANCE FLOOR is complemented with raised rectangular volumes, also covered in golden footprints , which can be used as seating or as an elevated surface to jump or dance on. + Jean Verville architecte Images by Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet

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Test Drive: The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is lighter, larger, and gets 47 MPG

December 11, 2015 by  
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It takes a lot to stand out in the crowded midsize sedan market – but the 2016 Malibu Hybrid has all the makings of greatness. Over the past few years Chevrolet has faced stiff competition from the Ford Fusion , the Honda Accord , the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry , so they upped the ante and swung for the fences. Starting at $28,645, the 2016 Chevy Malibu manages to be both larger and 300 pounds lighter than its precursor, and the hybrid version gets an impressive 47 mpg combined, which places it at the top of its class. Read the rest of Test Drive: The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is lighter, larger, and gets 47 MPG

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2016 Chevy Volt can officially travel up to 53 miles in electric mode

August 5, 2015 by  
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Chevy has announced that the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on a fully charged battery, which is nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt! Just like the first Volt, the all-new version returns with a range extender engine that gives it a total driving range of 420 miles. Read the rest of 2016 Chevy Volt can officially travel up to 53 miles in electric mode

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China is building a massive 6,300 acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

August 5, 2015 by  
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While environment-related headlines regarding China often focus on the devastating smog that coats major cities in the nation, there’s reason for optimism where their energy-future is concerned: namely, the IEA expects that China will surpass the EU, US and Japan in renewable energy projects by 2035. And China has just broken ground on their most iconic renewable energy project yet; their first large-scale solar  farm, which will provide power for a whopping one million homes and slash coal usage by 4.26 million tons every year. Read the rest of China is building a massive 6,300 acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

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Zoo Zurich’s new elephant house is a pre-fab lace-like wooden dome

August 5, 2015 by  
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Tesla rival 2017 Chevy Bolt EV production expected to kick off in late 2016

July 3, 2015 by  
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Chevy has released two teaser photos of the 2017 Bolt electric vehicle, which is currently undergoing testing. The 2017 Bolt was previewed in concept form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and will finally give Tesla a rival with its estimated 200 mile driving range and $30,000 starting price. Read the rest of Tesla rival 2017 Chevy Bolt EV production expected to kick off in late 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet , chevrolet bolt , chevy , chevy bolt , electric car , electric motor , general motors , GM , green car , green transportation

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Chevrolet reveals 2016 Cruze with lighter, more powerful and more efficient design (PHOTOS)

June 25, 2015 by  
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Chevrolet’s FNR is a space-age self-driving concept to debut in Shanghai

April 22, 2015 by  
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Several automakers have spoken publicly about their future plans to release autonomous vehicles , but General Motors has been pretty quiet about the technology. Well, it looks like GM is working just as hard as Mercedes-Benz to bring the technology to life and has previewed what a future vehicle could look like with the debut of their new autonomous model, the Chevrolet FNR, at the Shanghai Motor Show . Read the rest of Chevrolet’s FNR is a space-age self-driving concept to debut in Shanghai Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Shanghai Motor Show , autonomous vehicle , chevrolet , Chevrolet-FNR concept , chevy , electric car , electric motor , FNR concept , general motors , green car , green transportation , self-driving car

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