Electric is In: The 2015 Detroit Auto Show

detroit auto showThe first day of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was this week and automakers and lovers alike gathered together to preview tons of new cars expected to be launched sometime in the next few years. The 2017 Ford GT, 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R and Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept were some of the coolest cars featured during the first day of the event. However, it did not escape viewers’ notice that a substantial number of electric vehicles were unveiled as well. Read on to find out more about the variety of EVs at the show.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors actually worked with its customers to create the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt. By asking consumers how the current Volt could be enhanced, GM found that extended EV range was in high demand, as was a Volt that is “more fun to drive.” GM accepted its clients’ challenge and introduced a new vehicle with extra range, better efficiency and several other improvements.

The first thing that Chevy Volt drivers will notice about the new model is its sleek, sporty, and modern exterior. The Volt also features Chevrolet’s second generation Voltec propulsion system – which offers more efficiency and a greater EV range. The car will be 12 per cent more efficient and will drop about 100 lbs., making it drive faster. Its new 1.5-litre engine will offer approximately 41 miles per gallon (5.7L per 100km) without the use of the battery. The improved battery will provide the Volt with an electric range of up to 50 miles (80 km) and will have a total driving distance of over 400 miles (640 km).

Check out a preview of the car here:

Acura NSX

Acura has reintroduced its NSX model – a mid-engine sports car that was pulled off the market a decade ago. The NSX’s show-stopping exterior is enough to make any sports car fanatic swoon. The body is made up of “advanced materials” including aluminium, high-strength steel, and carbon fibre. The exact vehicle that Acura introduced at the auto show was draped in bright red paint with a distinct black roof. What’s really interesting about this vehicle however, is its engine. Not only does it feature a V-6 twin-turbocharged engine, but there are also three electric motors which accompany the V-6. Students enrolled in mechanic colleges should take note of this dual-power trend that promises to be very powerful – at least according to an Acura spokesperson who confirmed that the total output of this car will be “north of 550 horsepower.”

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

If the 2015 Detroit Auto Show serves as any indication – electric vehicles are clearly a major trend that individuals pursuing auto technician training should watch in the next few years. In fact, auto giant General Motors actually unveiled not one, but two new (or concept) EVs at the auto show!

Rumor has it that GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV, which will be launched in approximately two years time, will provide a 200 mile range between charges (approximately 322 km) – any automotive service technician can confirm that this is extremely impressive for an EV. And, it’ll also be reasonably priced at about $38, 000. The concept car boasted a full glass roof and hatch, LED headlamps, a sleek thin grill and a thick bumper. The car will supposedly feature an app that acts as its key. Included, will be an “auto-valet” function that will allow the car to drive itself into a parking garage and return on command. Whether or not the production vehicle will stay true to the concept will be determined upon its launch sometime in 2017.

What was your favourite car featured at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show?

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