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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We test drove the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt – and here’s the scoop

October 21, 2015 by  
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Five years ago Chevrolet launched the Volt – a groundbreaking vehicle that changed the trajectory of electric cars and went on to become the top selling plug-in hybrid car of all time. Fast forward to today and Chevrolet has rebuilt the new 2016 Volt from the ground up with an all-new electric powertrain, a driving range of 400 miles, a sportier exterior, and a quieter interior. The second generation 2016 Chevy Volt is cuter, faster, lighter, less expensive and more efficient – and we recently had a chance to take it out for test drive around the San Francisco Bay Area. Read on for our impressions of this game-changing electric car . Read the rest of We test drove the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt – and here’s the scoop

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Chevrolet announces 2016 Volt specs at the Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 by  
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After weeks of teasers and a sneak preview at CES , Chevrolet has finally announced all the details on the 2016 Volt at the Detroit Auto Show. Chevy’s plug-in electric car gets a much needed refresh with an all-new electric powertrain, a total range of 400 miles, and a 0-60 speed of 8.4 seconds. Read the rest of Chevrolet announces 2016 Volt specs at the Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Detroit Auto Show , 2016 chevrolet volt volt , 2016 Chevy Volt , chevrolet , chevrolet ev , chevrolet volt , chevy volt , detroit auto show , electric car , ev , general motors , green automotive , green design , green transportation , NAIAS , naias 2015 , phev , plug in electric vehicle , plug in hybrid electric vehicle , sustainable design , volt electric vehicle

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Evidence of life on Mars mounts with new research

January 12, 2015 by  
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As the evidence grows , it’s becoming more and more probable that there was once life on Mars. Nora Noffke, a geobiologist and associate professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia recently announced that she sees possible signs of life in rock formations on Mars. When these formations are compared with similar structures on Earth, they indicate that microbial life was likely present on the planet . Read the rest of Evidence of life on Mars mounts with new research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronauts on Mars , bacteria colonize Mars , life on mars , manned mars mission , mars , mars rover , martian life , microbes on mars , NASA Mars mission , nasa rover , nora noffke

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

May 29, 2013 by  
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Automotive designer J Mays  has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company . Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family’s auto parts store at an early age with aspirations of becoming an architect, but eventually found his calling in car design while at the Art Center in Pasadena . An automotive design pioneer with more than 30 years under his belt, Mays has been involved in the design of a number of the car industry’s most well-recognized automobiles, including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , Land Rover LR3/Discovery,  Ford GT , 2011 Ford Fiesta , 2012 Focus (including the Focus EV) , and the new green 2013 Ford Fusion —just to name a few! For the last 16 years he’s been leading the charge at Ford as the Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer and has played a critical role in bringing a new generation of stylish, green, high-performance  electric and hybrid vehicles to a mainstream market. I recently got the chance to chat with Mays about his monumental career, and I’ve published our interview here. Click ahead to read the entire interview, where Mays touches on his global travels, his design ethos and influences, the current market for hybrid and electric vehicles, and what he sees for the future of zero-emissions vehicles, both at Ford and on a global scale. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , ford fiesta , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion energy , ford hybrid , ford motors , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , fusion energi , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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7 Sexy, Sporty Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets Soon

February 16, 2012 by  
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Jeanne Gang’s Proposal Transforms Chicago’s Rundown Cicero Into a Thriving Neighborhood

February 15, 2012 by  
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EDUN’s Fall 2012 Line Goes “Safari Punk” at New York Fashion Week

February 15, 2012 by  
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Just a couple days ago ethical fashion label EDUN showed off its Fall/Winter 2012 collection to crowd of teeth-chattering guests at  Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 for  New York Fashion Week . Debuting their “Safari Punk” line, designers Ali Hewson and Sharon Wauchob of EDUN created a dark-toned yet dynamic ready-to-wear collection that put the EDUN girl on a safari in Africa. Designed to recall the brand’s African roots, the pieces were given an extra edge and updated with a punk-rock aesthetic! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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BRD Unveils Sexy New Redshift Electric Motorcycles

August 4, 2011 by  
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Last night Bay Area startup BRD officially unveiled the RedShift MX motocrosser and the RedShift SM supermoto — two new all-electric , zero-emissions motorcycles aimed at converting the gas-guzzling enthusiast who likes to ride hard and fast. The sporty vehicles were designed by a team of riders who weren’t satisfied with the electric bikes currently on the market . They harness the power of 40 horses and can go 50 miles on a charge, but with price tags around $15,000 , these bikes better impress or BRD won’t see many making their way through the assembly line onto the hilly roads of California. Read the rest of BRD Unveils Sexy New Redshift Electric Motorcycles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , brd motorcycles , clean transportation , electric motorcycles , green automotive , green bike , green motorcycles , green transportation , low emission motorcycles , no emissions motorcycles , redshift motorcycles , RedShift MX motocrosser , RedShift SM supermoto

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Gorgeous Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Is a Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Dream

May 31, 2011 by  
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Unfortunately, when we say “dream,” we mean that literally.

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