Posts Tagged ‘electric vehicles’

GM Pressing Hard to Get 4-Gen Bolt AV’s On The Road

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

General Motors Petition

In 2018 General Motors revealed the first images of the upcoming GM Cruise AV, a fourth-generation Bolt AV-based-autonomous vehicle. This new self-driving model will be the first of its kind without a steering wheel or petal.

Since then, GM has been petitioning for permission to test new Bolts “without a human driver and without human driver controls.” They’ve requested to permit 2,500 vehicles to run on public roads citing this is meant to advance safety and low-emission technology.

For the past two weeks, top GM executives have discussed the electric hatch as a self-driving platform. According to Reuters, an international news organization, CEO Mary Barra met with US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last week in order to discuss getting the 4-Gen AV’s onto the city streets.

 “I expect we’re going to be able to move forward with these petitions soon — as soon as we can. There’s a lot of back and forth between us and the companies. We’re sharing with them thoughts and ideas and concerns. They come back to us with additional information.” Said, James Owens, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator.

Additionally, Owens mentioned that he expects that a decision will be made in 2020. He also said that the primary concern for NHTSA is to make sure any driverless vehicles on public roads are as safe as those driven by people.

GM’s 100-page petition made it more than clear that they mean business; It goes into detail as to how autonomous vehicles will be a huge benefit to the public.

The company wrote “Because human error or behavior leads to 94 percent of vehicle crashes, technology that eliminates the human driver has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives and to avoid or mitigate hundreds of thousands of vehicle crashes every year in the United States alone…Every day in the United States, more than 100 lives are lost in car crashes. Every day of delay in getting autonomous vehicles safely on American roads is a day in which we are losing lives that could be saved.”

GM states that by introducing this program it will gain a wider acceptance to the use of electric and zero-emission vehicles. If the NHTSA permits GM’s request, the company’s deployment plan will include a ride-share program that GM will bring public exposure to. The ride-sharing system would operate in urban areas and users would interact with it by the use of his or her phone.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Though autonomous vehicles have ways to go, Miami Lakes Automall currently has 2019 electric models starting at $29,000, (plus destination fee) against the retail price of about $43,000.

The highlight of this 2019 EV is its battery back of course! The 60-kWh battery can take the Bolt up to 238 miles. On top of this, just 30 minutes at the DC Fast Charging station will give the vehicle another 90 miles of range. The engine also has 266 lb-ft of torque with a horsepower of about 200.

Those interested in any 2019 Chevy EV models can search our electric vehicle online inventory or call us: (305) 455-3540. Representatives are standing by!

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Chevy Bolt EV Exceeds Range of Tesla Model 3 by 25 miles

Monday, September 12th, 2016


Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular each year and one American automaker isn’t shying away from the new technology. Though Chevy is well-known for their powerful trucks and performance cars, they are embracing electric vehicles in a powerful way. Chevy already has a few hybrids under its belt, but in late 2016, Chevy will release its all-new 2017 Chevy Bolt, a revolutionary electric vehicle (EV). The 2017 Chevy Bolt will be one of the most affordable EVs and it will offer the best all-electric range of 238 miles, beating out competitors like Tesla.  

2017 Chevy Bolt

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is a mix of new and standard technology features. It is equipped with a 200-horsepower electric motor, a nickel-rich lithium ion battery and the Chevy Bolt has a sleek style inside and out. Car and Driver has predicted that once the Bolt is released, it will jump to the number one spot on their list of electric vehicles.

238-Mile Battery Range

As mentioned earlier, the Chevy Bolt has an EPA-certified range of 238 miles when the 60 kWh lithium-ion battery is fully charged. That means that the Chevy Bolt’s electric distance is better than the 215-mile electric range that Tesla models and the future Tesla Model 3 offer. 

With a 240-volt outlet, the battery charges 25 miles every hour, and it is estimated to be fully charged in 9 hours. This may seem like a long time, but if you plug the car in after work and unplug before work the next day it will be fully charged many days of use — impressive! (more…)

Why You Should Buy an Electric Vehicle

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Chevy dealers in Miami have a wide selection of quality vehicles from which to choose. While you might first think of rugged trucks when you think of Chevrolet, the manufacturer has actually also made gains in the electric vehicle market.

If you haven’t already checked out the Chevy Volt and you aren’t yet driving an electric vehicle, here are a few reasons why you should:

Save on Gas Costs

When you drive an electric vehicle, you won’t have to buy gas at all. If you’re like most people who have to fill up at least once a week, that could save you $60 or more per week, or more than $3,000 per year. That adds up to quite a lot over the life of the car.

Not only are electric vehicles affordable, but they lower your overall costs of car ownership, as well.

Help the Environment

By cutting back on your gas consumption, you’ll also be helping to do your part for the environment when you drive an electric vehicle. Gas consumption contributes to the depletion of natural, non-renewable resources. Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles are helping to preserve those resources.

Other research is looking into the use of renewable resources like corn and ethanol as fuel sources.

Embrace the Future

Electric and hybrid technology is the future of the automotive industry. It may take some time before it becomes the norm, but it is inevitable that it will. While vehicles may still exist that consume gas, it is likely those vehicles will use alternative sources of fuel, such as biofuels. Electric vehicles are part of a push to use alternative energy sources that also includes solar and wind technology for homes and businesses.

Head down to Miami Lakes Chevrolet, one of the top Chevy dealers in Miami, to learn more about the Chevrolet Volt and to test drive it. Should you decide to buy a Volt, you will gain many benefits from driving an electric vehicle, and you will feel good about doing your part for protecting the environment. You’ll also be ahead of the curve, as this technology is sure to become the norm before too long.