It’s been nearly 100 years, but Thomas Edison’s belief in electricity as a viable propulsion system for automobiles is one step closer to reality due to the efforts of General Motors and General Electric. Recently, GE participated in General Motors’ unveiling of its newest concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, here at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Volt’s E-Flex flexible propulsion system offers a global blended range of transportation energy solutions to regional energy issues and driving behavior.
GE Plastics played the role of a strategic partner in enabling the design and development of the Chevrolet Volt, by contributing the key materials technology to reduce part weight up to 50 percent and design engineering support to help position the vehicle as a way to help the world diversify its energy sources and to reduce the dependence on petroleum.
In the United States alone, almost half the households have a daily mileage of less than 30 miles per day. The Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle is capable of 40 miles of pure electrical vehicle driving, which according to the Environmental Protection Agency, means that, for most city drivers, the Chevrolet Volt will use little or no gasoline. In the spirit of ecomagination(1), GE Plastics’ differentiated technologies helped reduce the weight on the Volt and optimize its fuel efficiency so that drivers can now skip the pump to extend their mileage and increase savings.
“GM’s commitment to improving fuel economy, reducing vehicle emissions, and developing electrically-driven vehicles is facilitated with GE Plastics’ weight-reduction technologies on the Chevrolet Volt concept car. We were able to take mass out of the Volt in order to optimize its overall efficiency,” said General Motors’ vice president of Global Program Management, Jon Lauckner. “Through the independent auditor, GreenOrder, we were also able to see clear positive environmental results from working with GE Plastics,” said Lauckner.
“GE’s history and leadership in technology innovation led to this great opportunity to collaborate with GM on the Volt,” said Gregory A. Adams, vice president for the Automotive business at GE Plastics. “We were able to help GM to develope this environmentally-responsible vehicle with outstanding performance, strength, and style. Together with GM, we assembled a joint project team to drive forward the development of this monumental new electric vehicle.”
GE’s fuel saving technologies showcased on the Chevy Volt include:
“GE is driving the next generation of materials: greener, lighter, with aesthetically better properties that enable customers, such as GM to create vehicles with a reduced environmental impact,” said Adams. “This effort builds upon each company’s long-standing commitment to help improve the environment and we are pleased to be working on such a visionary project.”
Via: (General Electric)