Someone May Have Spotted the C8 Corvette Hybrid but We’re Not So Sure
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette has yet to arrive in showrooms, but Chevrolet is already working on new versions of the mid-engined sports car. We’ve seen the race-spec C8.R being tested at Sebring, as well as new prototypes driven on public roads. The most recent C8 Corvette footage includes two cars that seem to be hybrids. Is Chevrolet electrifying the Z06 or the ZR1?
Would You Mind a Hybrid Corvette C8 If It Means No More Front Storage Space For Your Golf Clubs?
A hybrid version of the recently released Chevrolet Corvette is in the works. The question surrounding its place in the model’s future lineup has been answered. The how’s and why’s, however, remain a mystery at this point. An electrified Corvette is also in consideration, though that model won’t arrive for a while if it does at all. But a hybrid version is in the works; as it is, Chevrolet is looking to come up with configuration solutions on how to properly fit an electric motor that can work in concert with the Corvette C8’s new V-8 LT2 engine. Compromises will undoubtedly have to be made to make sure that the increased weight that comes with the addition of an electric motor and battery pack doesn’t undercut the extra power available to the C8. We’ll know more as details come together, but with the convertible version of the Corvette C8 expected to arrive soon, it’s possible that the hybrid version will be in line soon after that.
This Leaked Image of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Like Looking Through a Very Dirty Crystal Ball
These days, it seems like there isn’t an automaker out there that can debut a new car without someone spilling the beans ahead of time. This time around, it appears as if someone has managed to snag a shot of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette’s rear end. The image is low-resolution, but there’s little doubt that we’re looking at the real deal here. If it’s not legitimate, someone has done a good job at creating a very authentic-looking fake.
Hennesseey Won’t Be Able to Tune the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette - Here’s Why
The new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is debuting in next month, and it could debut with a uniquely encrypted ECU system that effectively makes it untunable. There are a lot of things we still don’t know about the mid-engine supercar, but if there’s truth to the rumors that the Corvette C8 possesses a more sophisticated engine control unit, it could make it unlikely, maybe even impossible, for aftermarket tuning companies to coax more power out of the supercar’s V-8 engine. The 2020 mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 debuts on July 18 in California.
The Battle of Hybrid Muscle Is Coming as Chevy Considers a Hybrid Camaro to Take on the Hybrid Ford Mustang
It’s a bittersweet feeling to see muscle cars go hybrid. Ford just recently hinted at a hybrid Mustang in its latest promotion, and now Chevy is pondering a hybrid Camaro. No, we did not spot it being tested or anything, but Chevrolet recently ran a survey with existing Camaro owners to see what they thought about the prospect of a hybrid Camaro.
Former Corvette Engineers Look at Why It Took So Long for GM to Build a Mid-Engine Vette
In a recent press release, GM talked about its plans to strengthen its core business, which involved several product-related initiatives and a number of alternative transportation programs. The company will begin to focus on expanding zero emissions technology, car sharing programs, and even revealed an eBike concept. The most interesting, however, is the future deployment of an autonomous vehicle fleet.
By the end of next year, a fleet of fully autonomous, 2017 Chevy Volts will begin to roam around the Warren Technical Center campus. GM employees will be able to use a smart-phone app to reserve one of the Volts, which will automatically drive and park at a set destination. As employees continue to make use of the autonomous fleet, data will be collected and used to expand on GM’s technological capabilities. This technology, called “Super Cruise” has been in testing for 3 years, and will also be available in the 2017 Cadillac CT6.
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2016 Chevrolet Volt
Launched for the 2011 model year, the Chevrolet Volt is GM’s first volume plug-in hybrid vehicle. Also sold as the Holden Volt, Vauxhall Ampera and Opel Ampera around the world, the five-door compact has already won numerous awards, including the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The most advanced version of the Volt used a 17-kWh battery that enabled it to return a range of 38 miles in all-electric mode. For 2016, the current Volt is being replaced by a redesigned, second-generation vehicle that delivers enhanced fuel economy from its revised gasoline generator, better performance and a greater electric-only range.
The new Volt has been revamped inside and out, with emphasis on a sportier exterior design and a brand-new drivetrain that’s significantly lighter than its predecessor. The five-door compact is also slightly bigger in its second generation, allowing Chevy to not only increase legroom front and rear, but enable the Volt — previously a four-seater — to offer seating for five. Read on for the full run-down.
Updated 09/13/2016: The 2017 Chevrolet Volt scored a Top Safety Pick+ award for its crash performance from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Check the "Safety" section for the full details.
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In preparation for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the last of the first-generation Volts was produced this week at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. As much publicity that surrounded the Volt when it first went into production in 2010 (shown above), the final car – a white 2015 Chevy Volt – rolled off the line with little fanfare.
Over its five years of production, Chevrolet sold 76,136 Volts (through April), and that doesn’t include export versions of the car like the Opel Ampera for Europe and the Holden Volt for Australia. The Volt’s sales peaked in 2012 with Chevy selling 23,461 Volts, but last year just 18,805 units were sold.
The first-gen Chevy Volt was a true innovator with its range-extended electric drivetrain that allowed 38 miles of all-electric driving with the added benefit of a gasoline engine that provided an extra 350 miles of range. Similar powertrain technologies have since been used by other automakers, including the BMW i cars.
Chevrolet has not said when production of the more advanced second-gen Volt will commence, but the car will be in dealerships sometime during the second half of this year. Even though production of the Chevrolet Volt is off-line, the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly still builds the Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Impala.
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Chevrolet has teamed up with Disney to ensure that moviegoers will see plenty of bowties in the upcoming summer blockbuster Tomorrowland, and the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be prominently featured. Ahead of the movie’s opening, Chevrolet has released the first advertisement, called “Tomorrow, Today.”
In the spot, Chevrolet highlights the evolution of some of General Motors’ most iconic, cutting-edge and futuristic concept vehicles: the 1959 Firebird III, 1964 Firebird IV, 1968 Astro II, 1969 Astro III and the 1987 Chevrolet Express Concept. Capping off these concepts, of course, is the new Volt, which Chevrolet labels as the “car of tomorrow today.”
Joining the Volt on the big screen (as well as in a display at Disneyland’s The Downtown Disney District), Chevy will also feature the equally futuristic Chevy EN-V concept.
Tomorrowland – starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie – opens in theaters May 22, but you can see the latest trailer by clicking here.
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Chevrolet continues to expand its hybrid and electric-vehicle lineup in 2016 with the introduction of the next-generation Malibu Hybrid. This isn’t the first hybrid-electric outing for Chevy’s midsize family sedan, but this time around the Malibu Hybrid borrows some efficiency tricks from the range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt. Chevy says the all-new Malibu Hybrid will be good for over 45 combined mpg when it hits the streets in the spring of 2016. It provides a technological punch to the Malibu’s 2016 styling refresh, as Chevy works hard to elevate the Malibu’s profile against the high-tech Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.
The Malibu spent the 1990s becoming known as a forgettable rental car, but the refinement of the all-new 2013 model went a long way toward making it more respectable. Many of its competitors have undergone flashy updates in the meantime, though, so the conservative sheet metal wasn’t going to cut it. That’s been addressed with an inside-and-out upgrade for 2016.
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Quanta Products from Maryland opened a new division called Quanta Hybrid Performance that will be specialized on developing "products that integrate electric traction motors into conventional internal combustion engine."
The first model developed by Quanta is the Corvette QHP770 and was unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show. The model is based on a C6 Z06 Chevrolet Corvette with the V-8 engine modified to include hybrid technology.
The model includes both hardware and software updates, including two 100 kW YASA 750 axial flux electric motors into the rear differential. These electric motors will take their power from a 400-volt, 30 Ah battery pack coupled through two Sevcon controllers.
Thanks to this system, the new QHP770 delivers a total of 770 horsepower — up from 505 horsepower — and 1,500 pound-feet of torque. We have no details on how these changes will improve the car’s performance credentials, but we expect to see considerable improvements over the base model.
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The Chevrolet Volt is an important trendsetter as the first mainstream model to establish the plug-in hybrid segment as a viable answer to long-range EV driving. That same segment it created, however, is now bursting with new entries three years after the Chevy first hit showrooms.
The Volt shows how far the level of technical knowledge has come in just a few short years, as the latest models have little difficulty topping the Volt’s MPGe scores and do so with conventional three-man back seats and traditional trunks for luggage.
At the time of the Volt’s development, its Chevrolet Cruze-based platform could only accommodate the giant T-shaped li-ion battery pack if it was laid out under the center console and back seat bases – creating a cockpit much tighter than most are willing to accept in a $35,000-plus new car.
Therein was the Volt’s other major critique at launch: prices that mean buyers could afford almost two fleet-spec Priuses for the price of one loaded Volt. Luckily, time has caught up with the Volt’s technology and the pricing of competition from the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota Prius Plug-in and Ford Fusion Energi.
The Accord PHEV and Fusion Energi are both actually a bit more expensive than the Chevy, but can deliver a quicker and more-efficient drive while making fewer interior compromises.
For 2014, the Volt gets a (very slightly) larger-capacity battery pack, detail trim and color changes, and a simpler opening mechanism for the EV charge door on the front fender.
Where does the Volt fit in today’s eco-confused market? Does its battery-plus-generator powertrain still rank as a world-beating first or more of a barrier to purchase among buyers who need a big trunk and seating room?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, with highlights on how its interior room, efficiency and performance rank versus the much-newer competition.
On the surface, the Chevy Volt is actually a pretty good looking car, if you are able to ignore the fact that it pumps out only 149 horsepower from its paltry1.4-liter engine and uses an electric motor for 30 miles before the gas engine ever kicks in. We’re not trying to say it’s a sports car, but it could certainly fall into the sports sedan area.
Unfortunately, we come right back to that 149 ponies and that immediately disqualifies this otherwise stylish car from sniffing the sports sedan segment. Well, GM obviously has noted the potential for the Volt and rumors are now swirling around that Chevy will start installing the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that the all-new Buick Verano T is receiving into the Volt.
As of now, this is still a rumor, but given that the Cadillac ELR and its sexy exterior is due to debut any time now and will likely ride on the same platform as the Volt, it only makes sense to use the powerful boosted 2.0. The ELR with only 149 horsepower would be like dumping a Civic Si engine in a Ferrari, it just doesn’t quite fit the looks.
We are uncertain if the Volt receives the full-powered version of the 2.0-liter engine, or a detuned model, it will mean that the Volt could push up to 270 horsepower, if it receives the full-power 2.0. Also floating around is a rumor that this new engine will receive a larger electric motor for a little extra gasoline-free oomph.
All we can say is that we truly hope that these rumors are true, as the Volt in its current form is underwhelming, to say the least. We’ll keep you updated as more details roll out on this possible upgrade.
There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.
Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.
From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.
Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.
Next to the 2013 Malibu, Chevrolet also brought at the New York Auto Show the Eco version, a model that comes equipped with new fuel-saving eAssist technology. The new Eco version will be sold next to the Malibu LS, LT and LTZ version starting the summer of 2012.
"The Malibu ECO is a smart choice for customers who want excellent fuel economy without the price premium of popular hybrid sedans," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "The Malibu ECO’s 38-mpg highway estimate is comparable with those hybrids. Malibu ECO exemplifies Chevrolet’s drive to use technology that delivers high-value, gas-friendly performance. In fact, the Malibu ECO delivers the fuel economy of a compact car in a midsize sedan."
The eAssist system uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking electric assist and start-stop functionality. With this system the new Malibu Eco will deliver an impressive 26 mpg on city driving and 38 mpg on the highway.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.
While we’re preparing for our New York Auto Show, the other side of the world is hosting numerous automakers at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. One of the automakers dazzling the show floor is Chevrolet with their new Miray concept car - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports car whose name means "Future" in Korean. The concept was built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary and previews the company’s future design language evolution. The new Miray concept combines design elements from the 1963 ’Monza (Monza) SS’ and 1962 Corvair Super Spyder and molds them into a futuristic design language. It features an aerodynamic body shape with Le Mans (Le Mans) racer-style vertical doors, a dual-port grille, LED headlamps, a carbon fiber spoiler, and a new set of wheels, 20" at the front and 21" at the rear.
According to GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone, "’Mi-ray’ is Korean for ‘future.’ As GM rolls out Chevrolet across Korea, the Mi-ray concept offers an exploration of future possibilities for the brand. It strengthens the bond between car and driver, creating a fresh look at what sports cars of the future might be."
UPDATE 08/16/11: The Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept left such an impression at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year that the Bowtie has decided to bring the Asia-penned concept car to one of the biggest auto shows of the year in Frankfurt. That’s great news because when we saw in Seoul, we couldn’t get enough of it, so to see it in Frankfurt is a pretty good treat for us.
Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept.
A few days ago Chevrolet announced that the first 350 Volts would be delivered to customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C., and New York. We should have guessed that one of those vehicles would land in the hands of fellow car enthusiast, Jay Leno. The guy has everything anyway, why not a new Volt?
Being an automotive connoisseur, Leno’s first act as a Volt owner was to compare the vehicle with the electric models on the market. He may not feature vehicles like the Volt very often in his Garage, but he insists that this car will be his daily driver. He also says that “electricity is like sex, people lie about it” and that the Volt has "electricity when you need it and gas when you really want it."
The Chevrolet Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery. The downside at the gas pump is that the Volt has to be filled with premium gas, but at least you won’t be visiting the gas station as often.
The 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid came out at the tail end of 2007 and featured two-mode hybrid technology optimized for city and highway driving. The first mode allowed the driver to operate the vehicle at low speeds and low loads with the use of electric power only, engine power only or in any combination of engine and electric power. The second mode is used primarily for highway speeds with the advantage of using the full eight-cylinder engine power when the conditions demand it.
This type of technology is practically essential for an SUV’s survival in the more environment –friendly world we are becoming. This is why GeigerCars has gone a step further by transforming this two-mode into a tri-mode with the use of an LPG system. This LPG is the best environmental alternative to petrol and diesel fuel. Its gas tank holds 109 liters to allow the Tahoe Hybrid to travel adequate distances. The current price for LPG also allows for a cost reduction of 50% in comparison to other fuels. Geiger Cars is charging 56,000 Euros for Chevrolet Tahoe with an additional 4,000 Euros for the actual installation of the LPG system in Munich.
The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid runs on a 6.0-Liter-V8 engine that produces 332 PS at 5,100 rpm and 498 Nm at 4,100 rpm mated to a four-stage automatic gear shift control system with overdrive.
Check out the press release after the jump.