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GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees

GM employees in San Francisco have begun testing a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads. In an interview with TechCrunch, Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO of GM's Cruise automated driving division, revealed the company has begun beta trials of its new Cruise Anywhere service...

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Pope Francis receives new Opel Ampera-e
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Pope Francis receives new Opel Ampera-e

An all-electric Opel Ampera-e has been given to Pope Francis as part of the Vatican City's push to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. The Opel Ampera-e is essentially a Chevrolet Bolt with different grilles and badging. The two cars feature the same drivetrain consisting of a 150kW/360Nm electric motor and a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack...


GM will be first to make EVs at a profit, says former Holden chief
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GM will be first to make EVs at a profit, says former Holden chief

General Motors will be the first automaker to produce electric vehicles at a profit, Mark Reuss, former head of Holden and currently GM's head of global product development, has claimed. According to The Detroit Bureau, Reuss told reporters: “We know the customers would like to drive electric cars but are unwilling to pay any more for them...


GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report
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GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report

General Motors is planning to deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft next year, according to a new report. Reuters cites "two sources familiar with the automaker's plans", saying the American automotive giant is looking to send thousands of autonomous-capable Bolts into testing from next year, which would mark the largest test of fully-driverless vehicles by any major manufacturer...


GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video
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GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video

Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup purchased by General Motors last year, has released a clip that shows one of its prototypes navigating the streets of San Francisco without human intervention...


Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fall short in IIHS Top Safety Pick tests
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Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fall short in IIHS Top Safety Pick tests

The Tesla Model S and BMW i3 electric vehicles have missed out on being considered a Top Safety Pick by the US's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)...


Chevrolet Bolt right-hand drive still off the cards, GM president says
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Chevrolet Bolt right-hand drive still off the cards, GM president says

The Chevrolet Bolt, despite being newly crowned North American car of the year, still won't be produced in right-hand drive, according to Alan Batey, executive vice president and president of General Motors...


Right-hook ruled out for GM's "democratised" Bolt and Ampera-e EVs
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Right-hook ruled out for GM's "democratised" Bolt and Ampera-e EVs

Tesla needn't worry about its affordability-focused Model 3 being challenged by General Motors' new Bolt EV in Australia - it won't be coming here. The Bolt was first revealed in market-ready form back in January, with a 150kW/360Nm electric motor fuelled by a 60kWh battery pack...


Tesla Model 3 will undercut Chevrolet Bolt in US - report
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Tesla Model 3 will undercut Chevrolet Bolt in US - report

The upcoming Tesla Model 3 will undercut the new Chevrolet Bolt in its home market, with the electric car maker this week reaffirming its commitment to a starting price of US$35,000 ($49,300). After the higher than expected pricing for the Model X, which was unveiled last year, some analysts and commentators had speculated that the company would walk back from its earlier statements on the Model 3's opening point...


Chevrolet Bolt EV will tackle US before anywhere else
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Chevrolet Bolt EV will tackle US before anywhere else

The all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV is claimed by General Motors as a game changer – a crossover-style electric car with about 320 kilometres of battery range for US$30,000. But as impressive as that sounds, it won’t be available to other world markets for some time, and a right-hand drive version is not on the cards at all...


2016 Chevrolet Bolt electric hatch Revealed at CES, Detailed in Detroit - UPDATE
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2016 Chevrolet Bolt electric hatch Revealed at CES, Detailed in Detroit - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article was originally published on January 7. Chevrolet has now detailed the Bolt's power and performance figures. General Motors has used this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil the final production version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatch...


Chevrolet Bolt may receive a new name before production
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Chevrolet Bolt may receive a new name before production

The Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback may be rechristened before it hits the production line late next year. At last week's Chicago auto show, Alan Batey, GM's vice president in charge of North America, admitted to the Detroit Free Press that "some people" think the Bolt's name is confusing due to its similarity to the Volt...


Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production
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Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production

General Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt that debuted last month in concept guise is headed for production. The five-door electric hatchback, which was crafted in part by Holden designers in Australia, made its global debut last month at the Detroit motor show alongside the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle...


Chevrolet Bolt and Opel companion EV to begin production in 2016
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Chevrolet Bolt and Opel companion EV to begin production in 2016

General Motors will begin production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as a companion Opel model from late 2016, according to a report. Sources have informed Reuters that the company will start producing the Chevrolet Bolt, as well as an as-yet-unnamed Opel derivative, from October 2016 at GM's small-car factory in Orion, a suburb of Detroit...


Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide
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Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide

The pure electric Chevrolet Bolt SUV concept revealed this week in Detroit might be the most significant job ever undertaken by Holden’s Melbourne-based design and fabrication team, according to General Motors International vice-president of design Mike Simcoe...


Chevrolet Bolt : Internal Korean concept completed by Aussie designers
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Chevrolet Bolt : Internal Korean concept completed by Aussie designers

  The just-revealed Chevrolet Bolt EV concept may be officially spun as a collaboration between the US, Korea and Australia, but an original concept for a small electric vehicle was completed by the South Korean studio yet never saw the light of day, while the Aussies were called in and their version was taken to the motorshow floor...


Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price
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Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price

Australian design and engineering has been showcased for a second time at the 2015 Detroit motor show, with the new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept crossover debuting just hours after the Buick Avenir show car. The new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was constructed in GM Australia's design studio in Port Melbourne, with the Australian workshop one of only two in the world with the capability to bring such a project to reality...