February 12, 2016

Electric Vehicles Renewable Energy and Storage News

If GM had a head start with its EV1, the sleek and much loved electric car, it lost it by focusing on heavy trucks.  Can the company turn around with the promise of hybrids?

The gist, when the company introduced its EV1, people were shocked and its drivers fell in love with it.  That was until the cars we unceremoniously taken away and crushed.  After admitting mistakes and asking for government loans, the company is redefining itself as a technology and green one.  But can they actually deliver?

Can The Volt PoleVolt The Competition? Easy pun, but more to the point, it has a chance to stand apart, besides its gimmicky terminology as an extended range electric vehicle, ER-EV.  The Volt certainly carries a lot of hopes on its shoulders as a weekly potential electric drive only vehicle, relying on its onboard gas engine to shoulder longer weekend trips.

Let’s Use Cadillac.  So why not use Cadillac to introduce the Volt technology?  The news CTS Coupe would be technically a Volt a la Cadillac, according to the New York Times.

It would used the Volt technology. 

The Present State Of Things.  Even though GM is focusing on restructuring, it has chosen Korean LG Chem as the Volt’s battery provider, and in order to tame any patriotic bruised feelings for not having chosen the American A123 lithium manufacturer, GM will, at least assemble the batteries locally.  Confused?  More here on MLive.

The Future.  So is the Volt for real?  It’s hard to say but at least using the technology in a Cadillac that will be out sooner than the Volt is promising.  So far, it looks as if GM can pull itself out of its mess.  We still question the idea of ridding itself of Saab and keeping Hummer.

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