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Chevrolet (also known as Chevy) is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM).

EVs could cost less than dinosaur-juice powered cars by the end of this year (2023)

Jack Ewing of The New York Times, makes the case that increased competition, government incentives, and falling prices for lithium and other battery materials are making electric vehicles more affordable, and could soon be on a par with more internal combustion (ICE) cars. Perhaps even by the end of 2023.

The battery-powered version of GM’s Equinox crossover, for example, will start around $30,000 when it arrives this fall, the carmaker has said. That is $3,400 more than the least expensive gasoline-fueled Equinox. But factoring in government incentives, the electric Equinox should be cheaper. Like all electric vehicles, the car will need less maintenance, and the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.

The article also makes the point that the EV will require less maintenance, and “the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.”

Read More :: Seattle Times

Magna contracted to produce battery enclosures in Michigan for the Chevrolet Silverado EV

Magna announced it has secured new business from General Motors (GM) to supply battery enclosures on the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.

The company will produce the enclosures at its Magna Electric Vehicle Structures facility in St. Clair, Michigan, where it already produces the battery enclosure for the GMC HUMMER EV.

Magna recently announced significant investment plans for the facility in St. Clair to support the fast-growing electric vehicle market. Production is expected to begin later in 2023.

Elsewhere :: Magna Media Release / Green Car Congress / Electrek / 

Tom Voelk tests the redesigned 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV (Updated)

Independent motoring journalist Tom Voelk says the Chevrolet Bolt EUV (which is different from the Bolt EV) is affordable and yet packed with tech and features like available Super Cruise hands free driving.

In America, the 2023 compact crossover comes with a significant US$6,300 price reduction, from Chevrolet. Starting at US$28,195 (with destination) it’s one of the best deals in US for an electric vehicle. This makes it an amazing deal in the US. But not in Canada.

General Motors did not offer any price reductions to Chevy Bolts or Bolt EUVs purchased in Canada. Depending on the exchange rate of the day, the price reduction Americans received is equal to approximately CDN$10,000!

While it not the fastest charging EV available, it is worth noting that the US EPA claims the Chevy Bolt will save the average customers US$9,750 in fuel costs over five years compared with the average new vehicle of the same size. That’s US$2000 a year in fuel savings, not to mention greatly reduced emissions!

Updated » As of January 2023, the Chevy Bolt EUV base prices are

  • LT Trim »
    • CDN$43,147 in Canada
    • US$ 27,200 in the USA
  • Premium Trim »
    • CDN$46,647 in Canada
    • US$31,700 in the USA

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt and new Bolt EUV has again been pushed back

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Kalea Hall / The Detroit News » 

General Motors Co. is keeping its Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV plant down the rest of the year as it continues to work through a recall on the electric vehicles, the automaker confirmed Thursday.

“GM has notified employees at Orion Assembly the plant will take downtime for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year,” GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement. “This decision will enable us to continue prioritizing recall repairs. We will continue to inform employees at the appropriate time of any additional production schedule adjustments in early 2022, as we continue to focus on battery module replacements.”

Orion Assembly production was first halted the week of Aug. 23 after GM announced a recall of all Bolt EVs and EUVs — more than 141,000 — for potential battery fire risk. GM is prioritizing replacing those recalled Bolts with new battery modules. The automaker restarted production for two weeks in November to make replacement Bolts for customers having their Bolts fixed. Production went down again the week of Nov. 15.

Elsewhere » The Detroit Bureau / CleanTechnica / The Drive

The switch to EVs will create employment

David Welch / Bloomberg via The Detroit News 🔒 »

GM’s $30 billion push into EVs means adding assembly jobs. The automaker will open its once-idle Detroit-Hamtramck plant next week to make the Hummer EV and Chevrolet Silverado electric pickups, plus the Cruise Origin autonomous shuttle. That plant had 1,200 workers when it was threatened with closure in 2019 — it will have double that in two years. The former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., will be making the Cadillac Lyriq and other electric models, adding workers along the way.

All in, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes told me that the union is gaining assembly jobs as automakers prepare for a decade or more in which consumers will buy both internal combustion and electric vehicles.

At its investor presentation on Oct. 6, GM showed a graph with about 40 vehicles for sale by its four brands today, with just a couple being EVs. By 2030, the company will offer 50 models for sale and more than half will be battery-powered. GM will need workers building both of them.

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GM will restart assembling Chevy Bolts on November 1st

Reuters is reporting General Motors “will resume limited production for two weeks at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, which has been shuttered since August and builds the” Chevy Bolt.

GM issued a recall of the Chevrolet Bolt to more than 140,000 vehicles to replace battery modules and to address fire risks. The battery maker, LG Electronics, agreed to reimburse GM for the recall costs and expenses.

The Orion Assembly plant in Michigan has been idled since the recall. It will restart limited production on November 1 to “help optimize battery production and supply chain repair logistics.”

Elsewhere » The Verge / Autoblog


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