Innovation: Environment

Greener Vehicles

We are building fuel-efficient vehicles that fit our customers’ needs and lifestyles.

Summary

  • 24 GM vehicles with at least EPA estimated 30 mpg highway
  • The world’s leading FlexFuel vehicle producer
  • Investment in advanced biofuel developers
  • B20 biodiesel, compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas vehicles
  • eAssist light electrification technology
  • Extended range electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR and Opel Ampera
  • Fuel cell development

Our vision is to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles.  And we’re committed to doing that with our customers and the environment in mind.

Our engineers are reinventing the automobile, developing advanced technologies that lead to improved fuel economy, less emissions and a reduced dependence on petroleum. Whether you’re a student shopping for an economic subcompact or a farmer needing a powerful yet efficient pickup, you’ll find vehicle offerings as diverse as our customers. That’s why we don’t have bids on just one winning technology. You can choose from vehicles powered by gas, diesel, biofuels and electricity.

Our goal is to put you in a vehicle that not only satisfies your needs, but provides a fun driving experience. We look at what customers want and marry technologies that help them get it.

Fuel Economy

We have some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in our history on the road today. To name a few:

  • The 2014 Chevrolet Volt: EPA estimated 98 MPGe (electric); 35 MPG city, 40 hwy (gas)
  • 2014 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist technology (EPA estimated mpg 25 city, 36 hwy)
  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark (EPA estimated mpg 31 city, 39 hwy)

We’re committed to combining fuel efficiency with performance and utility. Are you in the market for a vehicle? Choose from 24 models with at least an EPA-estimated 30 mpg hwy, including the car with the best highway mileage of any gas engine in America, the 42 mpg-hwy Chevrolet Cruze Eco (EPA estimate).

We’re consistently improving gasoline-powered vehicles with technologies like direct fuel injection, active fuel management, variable valve timing and turbocharging. We’re also focusing on mass reduction, aerodynamics, lightweight materials, tire construction and other technologies to make our vehicles more efficient.

Chevrolet is sharing its fuel-efficiency technologies and environmental progress in the form of a label on all of its U.S. 2013 and 2014 model-year vehicles. This first-of-its-kind EcologicTM label lets you see some of the environmental features of the vehicle relating to manufacturing, driving and recycling. Easy for us to say? Each claim is audited by Two Tomorrows, an independent third-party sustainability agency.

Biofuels

We’re committed to alternative fuels and believe biofuels are the most significant near-term solution to reduce petroleum dependence and carbon dioxide emissions. We’re the global leader in producing FlexFuel vehicles that operate on both gasoline and E85 ethanol, and offer more of these models than anyone else. More than 8.5 million of the 14 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in North America are GM cars and trucks. In comparison to gas, ethanol burns cleaner, emitting 21% less CO2.

Customers can fill up on B20 biodiesel in any of our 2014 vans and heavy-duty pickups, or choose select Chevrolet and GMC vans powered by compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas. Customers also are able to choose CNG bi-fuel on select Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks that seamlessly transition between CNG and gasoline fuel systems.

Light Electrification

Our new eAssist technology is a light electrification solution that enhances fuel efficiency up to 25% when paired with our existing engines. Featured on the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal (both with an EPA estimated mpg 25 city, 36 hwy), and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Eco (EPA estimated mpg 25 city, 36 hwy), the electric motor recaptures energy and shuts off fuel during braking. To further increase efficiency, it stops and restarts the engine in stop-and-go city driving. An onboard lithium-ion battery provides an electric boost in certain conditions to improve MPG.

Electric Vehicles with Extended Range

  • We believe electrically driven vehicles offer the best long-term solution for energy-efficient transportation, and we’re committed to delivering practical, environmentally conscious vehicles that are fun to drive

By charging regularly, our Voltec technology in the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera has some of our customers going a month between gasoline fill-ups if their daily commute is under about 35 miles round trip. The high-tech propulsion system delivers an EPA-estimated 35 miles of electric driving. If you deplete the electric charge, a gas-powered engine generator seamlessly kicks in to add another 340 miles before you need to refuel or recharge. The EPA estimates on the Volt are 98 MPGe when running on electricity, and 35 MPG city or 40 MPG hwy when running on gas.

Volt owners have travelled more than 400 million electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago. The average Volt owner travels more than 81 percent of the time in pure electric mode– only using the gasoline-powered generator for longer trips. The Cadillac ELR luxury coupe features the first application of extended range electric vehicle technology, delivering a driving range that exceeds 300 miles and an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined (gas) and 82 MPGe (EV mode).

We produce our own batteries in the largest and most technologically advanced battery development facility in the United States. And, we're the first major U.S. automaker to design and manufacture electric motors —a core technology for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Pure Electric

Sold in Oregon and California, the Chevrolet Spark EV (EPA estimated MPGe 128 city, 109 hwy) takes the functionality, fun and technology of the gas powered Spark and amps it up to include best-in-segment torque at 400 lb. ft. which rivals many sports cars. You can reach zero to 60 in 7.6 seconds and get 82 miles of range.

It’s also the first EV to offer DC Fast Charge option which enables you to get an 80 percent charge in less than 20 minutes.

The Spark EV can save drivers, on average, about $150 per month in fuel costs.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Our engineers are at work exploring advanced future technologies like fuel cell vehicles. We’re at the forefront of this innovation that makes vehicles that release water vapor instead of CO2 emissions from the tailpipe.

Our customers drove more than 3 million miles in our hydrogen fuel cell vehicle test fleet. This real-world feedback allows us to improve the technology, further reduce its size and increase durability.

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