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Chevrolet Volt introduced jointly by General Motors and GE

Composites and resins reduce the weight of the Chevrolet Volt and can save gas emissions due to lighter weight and 40 miles of pure electrical vehicle driving.

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GE participated in General Motors' unveiling of its newest concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt.

Taking the mass out of the Volt enabled optimizing its overall efficiency.

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.

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.

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.

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’s resins and newest composite technologies are some of the key lightweight materials that helped GM to reduce mass on the Volt. These materials also allow for less fuel consumption, fewer carbon dioxide emissions, and improved overall performance.

The composites address three critical environmental concerns: conserving energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and up-cycling or regenerating post-consumer waste such as polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles.

GreenOrder, an environmental strategy firm based in New York, N.Y. audited the Volt claims, and validated that if 3.2 million passenger vehicles of 3,500 pounds were manufactured making the same use of GE Plastics’ weight reducing components, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by more than 194,000 tons each year - that is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by over 48,000 acres of forest. It would also save more than 20 million gallons of oil each year - an amount equal to 30 Olympic-size swimming pools or more than 470,000 barrels of oil.



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