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  • A GM CEO And A GM Chief Engineer Weigh In On What’s Next For The Volt And Its Tech

    A GM CEO And A GM Chief Engineer Weigh In On What’s Next For The Volt And Its Tech

    I recently got a chance to speak with Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Volt. While getting keyed in on the enormous amounts of controls and tech that went into Volt, he mentioned that he had already been chosen as chief engineer for the next EV at GM, stating that, “[my bosses] figured that I had already made mistakes, so I won’t make them again.” Farah, is a very… Read More

  • GM To Continue Electrification With A New Cadillac?

    GM To Continue Electrification With A New Cadillac?

    Last year at the NAIAS in Detroit, Cadillac introduced the Converj concept, a vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt. Most of it’s electronics were shared from the Volt, including GM’s new Voltec power system.  While it was definitely a cool looking car and was much talked about at the auto show, nothing came of it—most concept cars rarely make it further then the tenure of a GM CEO. GM’s… Read More

  • Duke Energy And ITOCHU Testing New Uses For Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Duke Energy And ITOCHU Testing New Uses For Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Duke Energy and ITOCHU Corp. announced a partnership today through which they will evaluate and test new uses for old electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Once they are too spent for life on-the-road, EV batteries could store power and deliver a charge elsewhere, the companies reason. EV batteries falling below 80 percent of their original capacity when fully charged will be candidates for… Read More

  • Payback (And IPO) Time For GM As Chevy Volt Wins Industry Accolades

    Payback (And IPO) Time For GM As Chevy Volt Wins Industry Accolades

    The 102-year-old car company General Motors (GM) is set to go public on Thursday after a government-forced bankruptcy and bailout in November 2008. The bailout cost taxpayers about $50 billion. Analysts estimate the stock price would need to hit $53 dollars before the government can recoup its investment. GM plans to sell about half-a-billion shares for $33 each in its IPO. The company stands to… Read More

  • The Chevy Volt: An Electric Car With Its Own IP Address

    The Chevy Volt: An Electric Car With Its Own IP Address

    CrunchGear's Matt Burns recently called the Chevy Volt GM's "knight in shining chrome and white plastic." Burns was not citing projected sales numbers, instead he was making the point that the Volt has saved GM by forcing the troubled automaker to "change internally and reinvent nearly ever aspect of how it does business." In support of Burns' thesis, IBM and GM revealed new details on Monday on… Read More

  • Ford Earmarks An Additional $850 Million To Build Fuel Efficient Cars

    Ford Earmarks An Additional $850 Million To Build Fuel Efficient Cars

    With car sales starting to inch higher and the threat of bankruptcy only faintly visible in the rear-view mirror, Ford is loosening its purse strings once again. On Monday afternoon, the Dearborn, Michigan based company announced that it will invest another $850 million into the development of more fuel efficient cars and technology. That cash, which is earmarked for 2011 to 2013, is still… Read More

  • GM To Unveil Voltec Cargo Van Concept Tomorrow

    GM To Unveil Voltec Cargo Van Concept Tomorrow

    Maybe it's true after all; GM using its Voltec platform for something other than a compact/midsize sedan, a cargo van named Vivaro. Expected to be unveiled tomorrow at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover, GM will showcase Vivaro for those interested in low fuel consumption--like a small organic farm that only needs to make small deliveries around the city. More after the break. Read More

  • Did GE Develop A Powered Exoskeleton For Weyland-Yutani?

    Did GE Develop A Powered Exoskeleton For Weyland-Yutani?

    Back in the 1960′s, GE was developing something called the “Hardiman” – a mechanical exoskeleton designed to move heavy things around. Fast forward to the future. A certain Weyland-Yutani corporation uses pretty much the same technology to haul cargo around a ship’s hold. Coincidence? Or does GE eventually become the evil corporation responsible for the Alien… Read More

  • Facebook Integration Coming To GM's OnStar

    Facebook Integration Coming To GM's OnStar

    It's safe to say we've reached the pinnacle of humanity with this next bit of news: you'll soon be able to update your Facebook status using OnStar. It's the first “entertainment-y” option to be offered by OnStar, perhaps designed to cash in on some of the goodwill that has gone Ford's way with its Sync system. Read More

  • Corvette To Employ A Hybrid Powertrain In Next Generation? (Hopefully)

    Corvette To Employ A Hybrid Powertrain In Next Generation? (Hopefully)

    There is nothing more American than the Corvette and its front-mounted V8 engine. Nothing. Not even the Mustang, baseball or Las Vegas. The V8 screams freedom of the open road. But that potent formula that's been in use since the beginning might be getting slightly tweaked. GM's VP of global engineering, Karl Stracke, mentioned to AutoWeek that the next Corvette might go hybrid to keep up with… Read More