Nora Naughton The Detroit News Published 2:49 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 General Motors Co. is expanding the scope of its relationship with Japan's Honda Motor Co. Ltd., forging an agreement Thursday to jointly develop battery cells and modules as both automaker move toward plans for all-electric vehicles. GM and Honda have agreed to collaborate based on GM's next-generation battery system. Honda will then source battery modules from GM. “This new, multiyear agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors’ capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio,” GM's product development chief Mark Reuss said in a statement. “GM’s decades of electrification experience and strategic EV investments, alongside Honda’s commitment to advancing mobility, will result in better solutions for our customers and progress on our zero emissions vision.” The companies have been working together on fuel cell technology since 2013, a … [Read more...] about GM partners with Honda on battery development
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General Motors' self-driving car business (GM Cruise) has been given a huge vote of confidence by SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund, which controls more than $100 billion in assets and is considered the world's biggest tech invester, on Thursday announced it will inject $2.25 billion in GM Cruise in return for a 19.6 percent stake. An initial payment of $900 million will be made directly with the remainder to paid out when GM Cruise's self-driving cars are ready for commercial deployment, currently estimated to be in 2019. As part of the deal, GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction. “GM has made significant progress toward realizing the dream of completely automated driving to dramatically reduce fatalities, emissions and congestion,” SoftBank investment adviser Michael Ronen said in a statement. “The GM Cruise approach of a fully integrated hardware and software stack gives it a unique competitive advantage." GM is one of the more … [Read more...] about GM’s self-driving car business receives $2.25B from world’s biggest tech fund
The new Chevy Bolt EV was a long time coming, but interested buyers in some parts of Canada may have to wait longer. Kent Wallace reported to us last week that Toronto-area dealerships were quoting shoppers an 8- to 12-month wait for the 238-mile electric car. A GM spokeswoman in Canada confirmed the delay. DON'T MISS: Driving a Chevy Bolt EV across Canada, all the way "There is currently a waiting list for the Bolt EV in Canada. This is not uncommon with launch products, particularly such unique game changers like the Bolt EV. We have also seen an increase in demand for the popular Volt," Amanda Michalik said in a statement. Wallace followed suit. Frustrated after being told he'd have to wait for up to a year for a new Bolt EV, Wallace said he purchased a new Volt instead. "Frustrating experience. They need to have dealers and manufacturing on same page," he wrote. Last year, Canadian buyers snapped up more than 2,100 Bolt EVs and more than 4,300 Volts north of the border. Roughly 20 … [Read more...] about Shoppers in Canada may wait nearly a year to buy new Chevy Bolt EV
Professor Friedrich Indra is one of the most vocal critics of electric mobility. He started his career at Alpina and Audi before moving to General Motors in Detroit, where he eventually took over responsibility for advanced engineering in powertrain operations. He retired in 2005 but continues to work as a scholar and an advisor to the automotive industry.We asked him for a take on the current discussion surrounding the move to electric vehicles, which has taken a sharper tone since Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller recently called for fewer government subsidies for diesels and more for EVs. In Indra’s view, not only are EVs more expensive than and inferior to conventional cars, they also do not solve environmental problems. Car and Driver: Professor Indra, at last year’s Vienna Motor Symposium you asked VW CEO Matthias Müller how he would manage to sell two to three million electric cars per year from 2025 and make money at the same time.Friedrich … [Read more...] about Former GM Advanced Powertrain Executive Says Not So Fast on EV Adoption
Motorcyclist Oscar Nilsson might not have been going fast when he and an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV collided, but he was quick to point the finger and assign fault to the prototype vehicle. Reports via the San Jose, California, Mercury News with subsequent reporting by CNET’s Roadshow, however, indicate that General Motors does not believe the vehicle was to blame. Now Nilsson is suing GM.The accident happened in San Francisco, where GM has been testing vehicles equipped with self-driving technology developed by its Cruise Automation division. Unlike the Las Vegas autonomous-shuttle crash in November, during which a truck backed into a stationary self-driving bus, both Nilsson and the Bolt EV were in motion when this accident occurred.The accounts of the event, which occurred on December 7, are a point of contention in the lawsuit. According to the accident report filed by GM, the Bolt EV was driving in the center of a three-lane street … [Read more...] about Motorcyclist Suing GM after Accident with Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV
In case you haven’t heard the news, the electric Chevrolet Bolt—with its official 235-mile range (or more, as I ran up 267 miles)—is great. In fact, it makes the best case yet for Americans to own an EV, starting with double the battery range of most its antecedents. The price—$37,495 before options and a $7,500 tax credit—is stiffer than we’d like but a hell of a lot cheaper than a Tesla and not beyond the means of most early-intender-type buyers. The cost is also likely to fall in years ahead with greater volume and advances in battery manufacturing.The Bolt is not, to be clear, a Tesla Model S when it comes to luxury, flat-screen fantasia, or top-end performance. But then it costs considerably less. And it stands up to Tesla’s popularly priced baby brother, the Model 3, both in the fact you can buy or lease one today and in that it is a fully engineered machine, ready to use daily. The Bolt offers drivers the reassuring sense they’ve … [Read more...] about Whither the Electric Stovebolt, GM?
In case you haven’t heard the news, the electric Chevrolet Bolt—with its official 235-mile range (or more, as I ran up 267 miles)—is great. In fact, it makes the best case yet for Americans to own an EV, starting with double the battery range of most its antecedents. The price—$37,495 before options and a $7,500 tax credit—is stiffer than we’d like but a hell of a lot cheaper than a Tesla and not beyond the means of most early-intender-type buyers. The cost is also likely to fall in years ahead with greater volume and advances in battery manufacturing.The Bolt is not, to be clear, a Tesla Model S when it comes to luxury, flat-screen fantasia, or top-end performance. But then it costs considerably less. And it stands up to Tesla’s popularly priced baby brother, the Model 3, both in the fact you can buy or lease one today and in that it is a fully engineered machine, ready to use daily. The Bolt offers drivers the reassuring sense they’ve … [Read more...] about Wither the Electric Stovebolt, GM?
DETROIT - General Motors Co is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car -- one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal -- to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV -- a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV -- has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.Company President Dan Ammann told reporters GM had filed on Thursday for government approval to deploy the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls."GM is part of … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV plans autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals
General Motors has unveiled the Cruise AV, its first production-ready, fully autonomous car to be used for its driverless ride-hailing fleet in 2019.Based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, it is a dedicated self-driving, pure electric sedan with no steering wheel or pedals. That means every seat is a passenger seat, and that the car relies on artificial intelligence and related technology to be the driver.This is the fourth-generation autonomous vehicle in 18 months that GM has developed with Cruise Automation, the company it bought in 2016. And it won’t be the last, said GM President Dan Ammann. The work started by retrofitting vehicles with lidar, sensors, and other equipment to read the surroundings and make drive decisions but the end goal was always a bespoke self-driving car.GM showed the third-generation test vehicle in October and has been using a geo-fenced portion of San Francisco for testing, a suitably tricky test bed to ensure vehicles can handle any situation. In October GM … [Read more...] about Meet the Cruise AV, GM’s First Production-Ready Driverless Car
The number of people willing to plunk down a $1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3 currently stands at about 455,000. In the third quarter of 2017, Tesla delivered 220 units of its smallest and most affordable electric car. Last quarter, some 1,550 buyers took ownership.If it looks like it’s shaping up to be a long wait for the newest reservation holders, you’re right. Tesla claims it has succeeded in working out some of the issues hampering production at its Fremont, California assembly plant, but the pushed-back ramp-up of Model 3 production means some reservation holders won’t see their new car this decade. Meanwhile, you can not only walk into a General Motors dealer and order a Chevrolet Bolt today, but you can expect delivery well before the 2020 election campaign gets into full swing.Is GM planning to exploit its competitor’s production woes? Not us, the automaker claims.Speaking to Automotive News, Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet cars … [Read more...] about As Tesla Model 3 Reservation Holders Wait (and Wait and Wait), GM Says It’ll Play Nice