GM Bets on Lightweight, Malleable NanoSteel | Autopia | Wired.com
General Motors is looking to raise its lineup’s miles-per-gallon figures, starting with the exterior. GM Ventures LLC has invested in NanoSteel, a Rhode Island company with 34 employees that makes metals with altered grain structures. If developed to production, the material will potentially shave weight off Cadillacs and Chevrolets without losing the strength needed to survive a crash. The terms of the investment were not disclosed.
Jon Lauckner, president of GM Ventures LLC, said, “Over the next several years, light-weighting of vehicles will be a major focus area to improve fuel economy.” The hope is that this new material will help American cars hit the government-mandated 2025 requirement of averaging 54.5 MPG. The NanoSteel will be used in the “body in white” (BIW) section, the steel of the car body that’s manufactured before other components – including doors and a hood – are added. That’s the space where integrity needs to be strongest rather than soft, like a crumple zone. The weight reduction, GM and NanoSteel say, is in the “hundreds” of pounds.

GM Bets on Lightweight, Malleable NanoSteel | Autopia | Wired.com

General Motors is looking to raise its lineup’s miles-per-gallon figures, starting with the exterior. GM Ventures LLC has invested in NanoSteel, a Rhode Island company with 34 employees that makes metals with altered grain structures. If developed to production, the material will potentially shave weight off Cadillacs and Chevrolets without losing the strength needed to survive a crash. The terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Jon Lauckner, president of GM Ventures LLC, said, “Over the next several years, light-weighting of vehicles will be a major focus area to improve fuel economy.” The hope is that this new material will help American cars hit the government-mandated 2025 requirement of averaging 54.5 MPG. The NanoSteel will be used in the “body in white” (BIW) section, the steel of the car body that’s manufactured before other components – including doors and a hood – are added. That’s the space where integrity needs to be strongest rather than soft, like a crumple zone. The weight reduction, GM and NanoSteel say, is in the “hundreds” of pounds.

smartercities:

GM’s EN-V Envisions Future of Personal Mobility
“In megacities like London, New York, Beijing, Singapore and New Delhi, the sheer number of vehicles on the road has become unsustainable,” says Chris Borroni-Bird, General Motors director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts. “Building more and wider roads is expensive and doesn’t really solve all of the problems, meaning that smarter solutions are needed,” he says. “Public transportation is important, but with so many people going from point to point in different directions, some personal transport is needed as well.” Following completion of the Chevrolet Sequel fuel cell vehicle program in 2007, Borroni-Bird began working on what became the EN-V program. The first concepts debuted at the recent 2010 Expo Shanghai, where they wowed crowds and collected awards. 

smartercities:

GM’s EN-V Envisions Future of Personal Mobility

“In megacities like London, New York, Beijing, Singapore and New Delhi, the sheer number of vehicles on the road has become unsustainable,” says Chris Borroni-Bird, General Motors director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts. “Building more and wider roads is expensive and doesn’t really solve all of the problems, meaning that smarter solutions are needed,” he says. “Public transportation is important, but with so many people going from point to point in different directions, some personal transport is needed as well.” Following completion of the Chevrolet Sequel fuel cell vehicle program in 2007, Borroni-Bird began working on what became the EN-V program. The first concepts debuted at the recent 2010 Expo Shanghai, where they wowed crowds and collected awards. 

 Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour
For what it calls the ConnectByHertz “car sharing” service in Manhattan, the company aims to make 20 electric vehicles (EVs) available by the second quarter of 2011. In total throughout the U.S. next year, Hertz plans to have 500 to 1,000 all-electric cars available. The number of EVs that Hertz purchases for its rent-by-the-hour fleets will depend upon the availability of the cars, many of which have not begun to ship yet the company’s head of communications, Rich Broome, said Sunday. Hertz has committed to purchase: the Nissan Leaf, the Mistubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt, and electric cars from Coda and Smart, Broome verified.

 Hertz To Offer Electric Vehicles By The Hour

For what it calls the ConnectByHertz “car sharing” service in Manhattan, the company aims to make 20 electric vehicles (EVs) available by the second quarter of 2011. In total throughout the U.S. next year, Hertz plans to have 500 to 1,000 all-electric cars available. The number of EVs that Hertz purchases for its rent-by-the-hour fleets will depend upon the availability of the cars, many of which have not begun to ship yet the company’s head of communications, Rich Broome, said Sunday. Hertz has committed to purchase: the Nissan Leaf, the Mistubishi i-MiEV, the Chevy Volt, and electric cars from Coda and Smart, Broome verified.

GM: Without software, Chevy Volt is stuck in neutral | Green Tech - CNET News
The Chevy Volt is as much a software engineering accomplishment as it was a mechanical engineering challenge, according to General Motors. General Motors today plans to bring the Chevy Volt to IBM’s Raleigh, N.C., offices to show off the electric car and celebrate its partnership with IBM’s software business in making the Volt. With the Volt, GM aimed to not only break new ground in electric powertrains but it also decided to make a demonstrably high-tech car, complete with an Internet connection and smartphone-inspired in-car controls. To make that happen, software engineers took on one of the most sophisticated projects at GM, said Micky Bly, executive director of electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries at GM. “We haven’t done a vehicle this complex in the history of GM,” Bly said on Friday. “The software—the control side—is what ties together (the mechanical components)…It’s really the heart and soul of how the car performs.” 

GM: Without software, Chevy Volt is stuck in neutral | Green Tech - CNET News

The Chevy Volt is as much a software engineering accomplishment as it was a mechanical engineering challenge, according to General Motors. General Motors today plans to bring the Chevy Volt to IBM’s Raleigh, N.C., offices to show off the electric car and celebrate its partnership with IBM’s software business in making the Volt. With the Volt, GM aimed to not only break new ground in electric powertrains but it also decided to make a demonstrably high-tech car, complete with an Internet connection and smartphone-inspired in-car controls. To make that happen, software engineers took on one of the most sophisticated projects at GM, said Micky Bly, executive director of electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries at GM. “We haven’t done a vehicle this complex in the history of GM,” Bly said on Friday. “The software—the control side—is what ties together (the mechanical components)…It’s really the heart and soul of how the car performs.”