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There Will Be No More Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2020

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

There is another sedan hybrid model being put out to pasture in the U.S. market. Green Car Reports says that Chevrolet is abandoning the Malibu Hybrid for the 2020 model year, and Chevrolet confirmed it to motor1.com in an email. With sedan passing on, Chevrolet doesn’t have a hybrid offering in its lineup.

If buyers are looking to purchase an electric vehicle from Chevy, the only new option is the all-electric Bolt subcompact. There’s been a lack of demand for an electric vehicle and that’s the reason behind Chevy abandoning the decision. The sedan sales, in general, have plummeted in the North American market, and the Malibu isn’t immune to the changing tides. 

There haven’t been specific sales figures for the hybrid variant. Malibu’s sales were down just over 22 percent in 2018. The Cruze trim fell nearly 23 percent and the brand’s flagship Impala sedan dropped over 25 percent.

Both of the models got the ax, not to mention the plug-in hybrid Volt which had a 10 percent drop in 2018. The Sonic hatchback, which is in the Chevy lineup, had a 30 percent drop in 2018. Don’t be surprised if it disappears soon.

There’s a possibility that Malibu could be dismissed as well. Rumors are circulating that the sedan could be cut at the end of the current lifecycle, which has until the end year of 2024. The mid-sizer has received a modest facelift for the 2019 model year, and it’s a competitive contender in the market as it has a base price of $23,240 (plus destination fee). 

While Malibu sales are down, Chevrolet has sold over 144,000 vehicles this past year. The hybrid might be a goner, but it seems that GM is trying not to let go of Malibu just yet. GM has already filed for the Bolt EUV trademark. 

GM Has Filed for ‘Bolt EUV’ Trademark

On October 2, 2017, GM outlined what an “All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions” would do, they also announced a new electric offensive with 20 new all-electric vehicles which are set to launch in 2023. They also want to launch two new electric cars in the next 18 months which will be based on the Bolt EV. “In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” said Motortrend.com    

However, the 18 months have already passed, and there have been no signs of those new electric vehicles that they promised. GM has said that they have released those two vehicles already: they are the Baojun E200 and Buick Velite 6 EV, the only two China vehicles that are produced by joint-venture partnerships in China. A few days later there was another report from GM that came out filing a new trademark for a vehicle called the ‘Bolt EUV.’   

ELECTREK’S TAKE:

Motortrend.com can’t understand how GM would consider the Baojun E200 and the Buick Velite 6 EV as the two newest Bolt EV-based electric vehicles. If GM  had used those vehicles to make it look like they had indeed respected their timeline and had actually launched an actual new Bolt EV-based electric car, how they would have pulled it off would have been funny to see. Either way,  it seems that the writers at Motortrend are happy to see that there is some evidence out there that GM is still working on the vehicles.

General Motor is still planning on launching in 2023 at least 20 new electric vehicles. They have been seriously considering naming the new vehicle Bolt EUV. GM Authority reported on April 9th of 2019 that they have filed a trademark application for “Bolt EUV”.

With the trademark filing is confirmed, the name will be used for vehicles such as the “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” There haven’t been any actual facts, but it’s believed that EUV could stand for “Electric Utility Vehicle.” Nothing has been confirmed except that there’s a new vehicle Bolt.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Chevrolet Shifts Focus to Electric Vehicles

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Bolt EV Charging

Well, there’s some interesting news going down over at Chevrolet, under the automotive umbrella of the General Motors group. If unawares, General Motors is starting to pick up their slack when it comes to getting on the bandwagon for zero emission propulsion and powertrains. With the upsurge of electrified and alternative fuel vehicles estimated in the coming years, GM is not one to fall behind, and with Chevrolet already having moderate success in alternative fuel with the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a large change is about to take place. Chevy will be shifting away from the Chevrolet Camaro to focus on electrified vehicles (EVs).

Competitor automotive group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has already unveiled their plans for going electric with many vehicles already underway. To keep up, GM is making some decisive moves. Car and Driver were there to report on the newest announcement.

“Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer and spiritual leader of the Chevrolet Camaro program for more than a decade, is moving to General Motors’ newly formed AV/EV organization to focus on zero-emission-vehicle development.”

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Where to Charge Your PHEV or EV Chevrolet in Miami

Monday, October 24th, 2016
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Don’t let the fear of an uncharged battery be the reason why you don’t own a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or an electric vehicles (EV) made by Chevrolet. Miami Lakes and has plenty of locations for charging EVs and PHEVs. Whether driving the 2017 Chevy Volt or the Chevy Spark EV, or waiting for the all-new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV to be released, Miami Lakes has you covered and Miami will keep you charged. Check out the local charging stations.

For starters, Miami Lakes has two of its own charging stations for use by customers for free. We will also be getting two more charging stations when our new Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram building is complete this winter. Located at the Miami Lakes Chevy building is a Voltec Level 2 charger located just inside the service entrance mounted on interior southern wall. There is also free WiFi available and Chevy Volts and ELRs have charging priority. The charging station is not accessible after business hours. There is also another charger located on north side of dealership, next to Miami Lakes Mitsubishi. (more…)

Basics of EVs, PHEVs and Hybrid Vehicles + Green Chevy Models

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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Last week we discussed the 2017 Chevy hybrids, PHEVs and EVs, but all of that can seem like a lot of “talk” if you don’t really know the differences between each of those systems or the benefits to owning a “greener” vehicle. In addition to just saving you money in annual fuel costs, vehicles powered by alternative fuels also have fewer emissions and a new way of measuring fuel economy.

First, it is important to understand the difference between hybrids, PHEVs and electric vehicles.

A hybrid is a vehicle that can run on battery, gas, or a combination of both. They are usually equipped with a gas engine, electric motor, and battery.

Chevy’s available hybrid is the Chevy Malibu Hybrid. You can search out Chevy Malibu inventory here.

A plug-in electric hybrid, or PHEV, is equipped with a gas engine, electric motor, and battery. Like a hybrid, a PHEV can also run on only electric, only gas or a combination of both, but the battery in PHEVs is larger so it can power the vehicle on electricity much longer than hybrids, but the larger battery needs to be plugged-in to be recharged.

Chevy’s available PHEV is the 2016/2017 Chevy Volt. You can search our Chevy Volt inventory here.

An electric vehicle, or EV, runs purely on an electricity that is supplied by a battery. It needs to be plugged-in to be recharged. (more…)

2017 Chevy Hybrid and EV Models

Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Miami Lakes Chevy 2017 PHEV EV Hybrid

Chevy has joined the evolving world of electric and hybrid vehicles, and they’re making a lot of noise with their awesome line up of hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs. Already out for the 2017 model year is the 2017 Chevy Volt, 2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, and soon-to-be-released, the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV. Check ‘em out.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV

For those not in the know, “EV” stands for electric vehicle, and the all-new 2017 Chevy Bolt is an all-electric zero emissions vehicle with quite the range. Chevy shocked everyone when they released specs on how far the Bolt can go. On a fully charged battery, the Bolt has a range of 238 miles, which is 25 more miles than the Tesla Model 3 is expected to get (when it is released). Additionally, the Bolt can charge about 25 miles for every hour of charging when using a 240-volt charger (the fast option).

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Engineering Competition Could Bring Us a Hybrid Camaro

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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As part of EcoCAR3: An Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, a four-year collegiate student competition, co-sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, and General Motors, students from 16 North American colleges and universities are challenged to harness the power and speed of the classic American muscle car, the Chevy Camaro, into a hybrid powertrain vehicle.

EcoCAR3 is an innovative program, delivering practical, hands-on experience to the next generation of automotive engineers.

Launching students from the classroom into the working world, EcoCAR nurtures the development of highly-skilled engineers, business leaders, and communicators to meet the needs of the automotive industry, which is really exciting news for Chevy dealerships in Miami.

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