By Bill Holmberg and Contributing Authors 10/2/13
America has always been the vanguard for innovation in the automobile industry, particularly in regards to the development of high octane alcohol fuels. Unfortunately, the oil industry has been successfully able to suppress the wider implementation of many of these high octane blends including ethanol dating back to the 19th century.
By Dan Frakes and Alex Keros 08/02/2013
When developing a new type of vehicle and propulsion system, somewhere along the line infrastructure will be a major part of the equation and needs to be addressed. This article sheds some light into how infrastructure is playing a role in the development of electric vehicles, and how key partnerships with utilities and organizations like the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are instrumental in the development of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV.
July 1 -- General Motors will continue its drive into the green energy landscape after agreeing to install $1 million in of electricity-generating solar systems as part of a partnership with Consumers Energy. >>View Article
March 7 -- General Motors's chief executive said the auto maker would cut fuel-consumption of its 2016 vehicles by almost 10% over current models by reducing the average weight of its cars and trucks. >>View Article
March 1 -- General Motors Co. is planning to build as many as 36,000 Chevrolet Volts and other plug-in hybrids for worldwide delivery this year, 20 percent more than in 2012. >>View Article
January 3 -- General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its 2012 sales of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt tripled from 2011. U.S. sales of the Volt for 2012 will top 23,000 for the year, said Michelle Malcho, a spokeswoman for GM. The Detroit automaker will report final December sales on Thursday. >>View Article
November 15 -- General Motors said today that it is committed to deliver at least 500,000 vehicles “with some form of electrification,” such as a hybrid drive system, by 2017. The announcement was timed to coincide with an event in San Francisco where GM is showcasing its electric-vehicle strategy. >>View Article
November 2 -- Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close. As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in hybrid sales, and more than a three-fold increase in plug-in electric car sales. >>View Article