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PG&E to Buy 50 Bi-Fuel NGVs

February 15, 2013 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buying More Chevy Volts Too, and Ford C-Max Plug-Ins

Pacific Gas & Electric is close to placing an order for 50 CNG-gasoline pickup trucks with General Motors – management is working now on an optimal work crew placement plan for the bi-fuel pickups. Separately, the San Francisco-based utility is ordering dozens of additional plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from both GM and Ford.

GM Consolidating Powertrain Work

January 31, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$200 Million to Expand E-Drive Engineering, Bring All to Pontiac

General Motors said Wednesday that it is investing $200 million in its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters at Pontiac, Mich. with a focus on advanced electric propulsion, and that it will consolidate work at four locations there. A new, 138,000-square-foot test wing is to be completed during the second half of 2014.

NatGasCar Certified for GM

December 17, 2012 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Approval for 4.8- and 6.0-Liter Engines

Cleveland-based NatGasCar reports U.S. EPA certification of its compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel conversions for 2012 and 2013 General Motors 6.0- and 4.8-liter engines.

GM Starts CNG Pickup Production

November 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

2013 Bi-Fuel Trucks Built in Indiana, Upfitted by Impco There

Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., General Motors said late last week, announcing that the vehicles are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

GM Promises a Plug-In Cadillac

October 19, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$561 Million Has Been Invested, the Automaker Says

General Motors said Tuesday that it will soon begin prepping its Detroit-Hamtramck facility for late-2013 production of the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt extended-range EVs are all built at Detroit-Hamtramck. Extended-range electric vehicles are exported to 21 countries, GM says.

GM Sees a Chevy Volt Sales Surge

July 5, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

General Motors has reported a sales urge of better than 200% for its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, both for June and the first six months of 2012.

Westport and GM Ink Second Pact

June 28, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) has disclosed a second agreement on engines for natural gas vehicles, having announced the first one year ago.

Chevy Volt Cleared for California Carpool Lanes

February 25, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

The low emission model – standard in California – of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has been cleared for the Golden State’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes, General Motors said last week, noting too that California customers will qualify for a $1,500 state rebate.

Kollmorgen for Virginia Tech EcoCAR Win

January 2, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

‘Work Right the First Time’

Kollmorgen is talking up its role on the HEVT VT-REX crossover hybrid electric, Virginia Tech’s winning entry in the 2011 EcoCAR Challenge, a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition with sponsors including General Motors – which donates the starter vehicles and provides ongoing support to the student teams.

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