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Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Fleet Expands

Automakers are making leaps and bounds in autonomous car technology every month, but Chevrolet is the clear leader. The autonomous Chevrolet Bolt car fleet will be expanded from 50 to 180 vehicles. The additional 130 Bolts will boast updated cameras, sensors, and hardware from models currently testing in three major cities.Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

There are currently 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolts testing on the roadways of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. Data generated and collected by those models have resulted in updated technology as Chevrolet continues to lead the pack in the race to produce autonomous vehicles.

The addition of 130 electric vehicles to the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt fleet isn’t the only update the automaker has made. General Motors plans to triple the staff of Cruise Automation, a self-driving software startup purchased last year, to 150 people. That team will continue to expand by another 1,100 people over the next five years.

While the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt is still in the testing phase, the Orion Assembly Plant is geared for production. As a result, General Motors currently stands as the only automaker capable of mass-producing autonomous vehicles.

“…no other company today has the unique and necessary combination of technology, engineering and manufacturing ability to build autonomous vehicles at scale,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO and Chairman.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are happy to see the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt continuing to lead the industry!

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut Electrifies Detroit Auto Show

The moment the industry has been waiting for is finally here—the 2016 Chevrolet Volt debut has finally happened. After months of teaser pictures and videos—not to mention a quick 30-second sneak peek earlier this month—Chevrolet has finally introduced the newest Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, showing off how this new plug-in hybrid might just bet the greatest one yet.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

Considered the most fuel-efficient Volt yet, the vehicle’s two-motor drive unit is 12% more efficient than its predecessor, while the car itself is 100 pounds lighter. A 1.5-liter range extender engine boasts an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 41 mpg, meaning the range extender by itself would be a terrific, fuel-efficient car. Brand-new five-passenger seating offers significantly more room to passengers, while the quieter ride adds to the cabin’s ambiance.

Expect to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt in showrooms during the second half of 2015. Until then, don’t forget to stop back to Tom Naquin Chevrolet soon for more information on the eco-friendly car!

Chevrolet Gives Us 2016 Chevrolet Volt Sneak Peek at 2015 CES

Normally, carmakers like to grow buzz about their concept cars before auto shows by releasing teaser images and videos, but Chevrolet has decided to do something even better. Instead of waiting to debut the brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which is expected to make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this month, the American carmaker instead brought the car out at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week. This 2016 Chevrolet Volt sneak peek gave the public a 30 second look at the new car—something significantly better than any teaser image.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Sneak Peek – literally, a sneak peak

While the 30 seconds passed quickly, it was more than enough time to notice the Volt’s new redesign. A powerful front-end is enhanced by an angular front fascia, small grille, and wide headlights. The rear end sweeps downward, similar to the current Volt, evoking a coupe-like silhouette.

So far, the Chevrolet Volt has helped save more than 25 billion gallons of fuel through its hybrid technology. If you’re interested in seeing the current Volt in action, stop in to Tom Naquin Chevrolet today!

New Chevy Volt Charging System Gets Some Upgrades

The engineers at Chevrolet never cease to amaze those of us at Tom Naquin Chevy. Recently, the team developed a more user-friendly charging method for the Volt, making it one of the most efficient hybrids on the market.

Chevy Volt Charging System – Faster than ever

Chevy Volt Charging System

Chevy Volt Charging System

What makes the Chevy Volt Charging System so great? For starters, the next-generation charging system makes refilling faster than ever. According to Chevy, more than 80% of all trips in a Volt do not use the range extender. That means drivers are relying on the bigger, more efficient batteries more than ever.

“Chevrolet used the real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners to make the charging process simpler and more convenient in the next-generation Volt,” said Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Volt. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging it on their terms.”


Chevy Volt Charging System

2015 Chevy Volt

Other fresh features include GPS location-based charging, intuitive charge status indicators, and portable cord set enhancements. All of these are designed to make driving a little easier on your wallet, and designed to make driving a hybrid more accessible than ever.

For your free test drive of a Chevy Volt, visit Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart!

2016 Chevy Volt Set to Debut

Green Car Reports is confirming that the revised 2016 Chevy Volt range-extended electric car will be unveiled to the public on January 17, 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show.

So far, GM has only released a teaser photo of the new model, which shows only a close-up of the vehicle’s rear, focusing on its smooth, rounded liftgate and attractive logo.

Over 65,000 Volts have been sold since the car was released in December of 2010, which makes it the highest-selling plug-in electric car in the United States. Collectively, all of those customers have driven their Volts more than half a billion miles on pure grid electricity. According to Chevy, by recharging regularly, Volt owners can travel 1,000 miles between fill-ups, visiting gas stations less than once a month.

That is saving consumers a lot of money at the pump while also saving the environment. It has also brought more people into the Chevy family: over 70% of Volt owners are new to the Chevrolet brand, and more than 90% of them have stated that they would buy another Volt.

If you would like to join the tens of thousands of satisfied Volt owners who are new to Chevy, stop by to test drive a Volt or any other model at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

The Chevy Volt Skates past Half a Billion All-Electric Miles

Half a Billion All-Electric MilesThe Chevy Volt hit the new car market back in the last quarter of 2010, and it’s been steadily gaining on its competitors in the all-electric EV segment ever since its release. Word of mouth—and statistics—just keep getting better, too; many Chevy Volt owners report posting over 40 all-electric miles on a single full charge. The official range is just 35 miles.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

In the four years the Volt has been on the road now, it has posted over half a billion all-electric miles, saving over 25 million gallons of gasoline over that same time period. The extended range allows Volt drivers to stay in all-electric driving mode over 63% of the time as well. If you want to go over a month—and almost 1000 travel miles—without visiting a gas pump, come see us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and check out the Volt today.

Chevy Spark Batteries to Be Built at GM’s Brownstown, MI Plant

Chevy SparkChevy is hoping for big things with the 2015 Spark EV, and in light of those expectations, they’ve moved production of the anticipated EV as close to home as possible. The Spark EV’s all-electric battery system will now be built at GM’s Brownstown, Michigan, plant. The 2015 Spark EV’s battery will be an all-new battery system, actually, which will help lightweight the vehicle by almost one hundred pounds.

“Using our in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise enabled us to deliver a battery system that is more efficient and lighter than the 2014 Spark EV without sacrificing range,” said Larry Nitz, executive director of GM global transmission and electrification engineering. “Our successful working relationship with LG Chem has allowed us to deliver a new battery system for the Spark EV that helps us to better leverage our economies of scale.”

The 2015 Spark EV shows Chevrolet at its finest: actively innovating a popular, reliable product while still keeping it one of the best and most efficient EVs on the roads today. The Spark EV, thanks partly to its new battery system, takes another giant step forward for green car technology. Check back with us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet often for more updates on the 2015 Spark EV.

All-Exterior LED Lighting for the Cadillac ELR

Efficiency seems to be what every automobile manufacturer is after these days, and Cadillac is no different.

Energy can be conserved some way in almost every element of a vehicle, all the way down to its lights.

That is why the latest in energy reduction has been light-emitting diodes, or LED lights.

This particular lighting technology features a longer life span and higher energy efficiency.

As if the extended range luxury coupe wasn’t efficient enough, the all-new Cadillac ELR will also be the first electric vehicle to feature all-exterior LED lighting.

That is right – all of the major exterior lighting groups of the Cadillac ELR will be LED.

As on the Converj, the concept from which the ELR is based, and true to the classic Cadillac style, the ELR will feature the signature vertical tail lights.

A sleek and dramatic appearance is achieved as the main projectors extend from the front fascia up into the fenders.

And, the front LED lights even double as daytime running lights.

“LED lights last much longer and use less energy than traditional halogen bulbs used in most vehicles,” said Exterior Lead Designer Martin Davis. “Beyond the beautiful design interpretation, using LED lights fits with the ELR’s environmentally friendly character.”

Be sure to visit Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana this winter to welcome the energy-efficient Cadillac ELR to the greater South Bend area.