The 2011 Chevy Volt Battery: No Boundaries
This animation offers further insight into what to expect from the
Chevrolet Volt's battery and its supporting systems as the extended-range
electric vehicle encounters differentiating real-world conditions.
2012 Chevrolet Volt Start Up, Engine, Test Drive, and In Depth Review
In this video I give a full in depth tour of Chevrolet's newest extended
range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt. Introduced as a 2011 model in
the northern states, the 2012 has a few minor quality and feature
improvements. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. Take it on a thorough test drive through the city during the
day as well as night time. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to
give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Thanks a lot to Hendrick Chevrolet Cadillac in Monroe, NC for allowing me
to make this video! For more information on this vehicle as well as
others, visit www.hendrickchevy.com
First Drive: 2011 Chevy Volt
We finally get our hands on Chevy's much-anticipated extended range hybrid,
the Volt, and take it for a spin. Is this the car that will bring GM back
Chevrolet Volt Concept
Cars.com talks with a GM representative about their all-electric concept
car, the Volt.
GM promises that the car, which is still years away from production, will
plug right into an outlet in your house.
Jay Leno Not Crazy About Volt - Autoline Daily 437
With so many auto factories being built in China, overcapacity could become
a problem faster than anyone
expected. Sales of used vehicles at auction are down for the first half of
the year. President Obama test drives the Chevy Volt and comedian Jay Leno
had some less than flattering things to say about it. All that and more,
plus a look at the greatest gathering of Saab aficionados in the world.
General Motors' EN-V concept - we ride shotgun
TheChargingPoint.com recently got a ride in GM's incredible EN-V concept,
designed to combat the problems of overcrowding, parking availability and
air quality within the city of tomorrow.
Read our report at
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Volt Handling in Snow
Volt traction in the snow is extremely impressive. When driving, it almost
feels like there's no snow on the ground. I tried to capture that fact in
this short video. This isn't meant to show a major snow storm, but the
fact that from what I've seen, the Volt handles better than in these
particular conditions than other cars and SUV's I've driven.
Nissan LEAF electric vehicle production process detailed
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has started production at its Oppama facility for
the all-new 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, which is slated to go
on sale in December in Japan and the United States, and from early 2011, in
select markets in Europe. In November, the company will begin exports to
the United States, followed by shipments to Europe in December.
"This is a significant milestone, not only for Nissan and the
Renault-Nissan Alliance, but also for the entire automotive industry," said
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn at the Nissan LEAF offline ceremony.
"Consumers are clear. They want sustainable and affordable mobility...and
the Alliance is leading the way with cars that deliver exactly that, with
the reliability, excitement and performance that consumers demand. The
high-quality, innovative Nissan LEAF will radically transform what
consumers expect from automobile manufacturers worldwide."
Nissan LEAF will be produced at the Oppama Plant along with popular
gasoline models such as Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube. Part of the assembly
line has been modified to mount battery modules at the stage of production
where fuel tanks are traditionally installed, and motors and inverters are
mounted at the point where engines are installed in gasoline-powered
vehicles. Production quality and efficiency are assured by applying the
Nissan Production Way (NPW) in every step of the assembly process.
Nissan LEAF's lithium-ion battery modules are manufactured at the
Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) operation in Zama, Japan, which
is a joint-venture of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and NEC Corporation. The
battery module, which contains 4 battery cells, are assembled at Zama and
then shipped to the Nissan Oppama facility, where 48 of them are assembled
into the electric car's battery pack.
Hidetoshi Imazu, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing, said, "Oppama
will serve as the 'Mother Plant' for the production of Nissan LEAF. We will
use all of the know-how and learnings from Oppama to ensure the highest
quality at all sites that manufacture Nissan EVs."
Sites for future production of Nissan EVs include Smyrna, Tennessee, in the
United States and Sunderland, England, in the UK.
The Oppama plant has an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. Nissan
LEAF will start production at Smyrna in late 2012 and at Sunderland in
early 2013. At full ramp up, Smyrna will have an annual production capacity
of 150,000 units, and Sunderland will have a capacity of 50,000 units.
Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric, zero-emission vehicle to be
produced for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan, together with its
Alliance partner, Renault, aims to be a global leader in zero-emission
mobility. To date, the Alliance has signed 80 partnerships for
zero-emission mobility with governments, municipalities and companies
Crash Test 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu (Frontal Offset) IIHS 50th Anniversary
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a
crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009
Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants
of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says
Institute president Adrian Lund. What this test shows is that automakers
don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of
auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the
Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve,
articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs
designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property
from the hazards of highway accidents."
A decade after the Institute was founded, insurers directed this
organization to begin collecting data on crashes and the cost of repairing
vehicles damaged in crashes. To lead this work and the Institute's expanded
research program, insurers named a new president, William Haddon Jr., who
already was a pioneer in the field of highway safety. In welcoming Dr.
Haddon, Thomas Morrill of State Farm said "the ability to bring unbiased
scientific data to the table is extremely valuable." This scientific
approach, ushered in by Dr. Haddon, is a hallmark of Institute work. It's
why the Institute launched the Highway Loss Data Institute in 1972 — to
collect and analyze insurance loss results to provide consumers with
Another Institute milestone was the 1992 opening of the Vehicle Research
Center. Since then, the Institute has conducted much of the research that
has contributed to safer vehicles on US roads. At the anniversary event,
current Institute chairman Gregory Ostergren of American National Property
and Casualty summed up a commitment to continue what fellow insurers began
in 1959: "On this golden anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety, we celebrate this organization's accomplishments toward safer
drivers, vehicles, and roadways. We salute the vision of the Institute's
founders and proudly continue their commitment to highway safety."
Chevy's Volt, Nissan's LEAF receive EPA ratings
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Want to be green on the go? Two greener cars, Chevy's hybrid Volt and
Nissan's all-electric LEAF received their EPA ratings. Check out how they
did against each other, and against the Toyota Prius.
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible vs 2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
With the all new Camaro
Convertible due to hit showrooms soon, we got a hold of one and put it up
against it's Ford rival, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
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Chevy Volt Mule Test Drive
GM-Volt.com founder Lyle Dennis gets behind the wheel of a Chevy Volt
developmental prototype vehicle and takes it for a few laps around GM's
Milford Proving Grounds test track.