AmericaJR.com’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi for the 2011 Automotive News Green Car Conference. Watch for remarks from Nancy Gioia, Director of Global Electrification for Ford Motor Company. She discussed the additional training that mechanics will be constantly required to learn for electric vehicles (EVs) going forward. Ford Motor Co. is expected to bring five EVs to the market by 2012.
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Division of General Motors LLC, Detroit – U.S.A.
Type: Bel Air Series 1BK model 1K69 4-door Sedan
Production time: September 1974 – September 1975
Production outlet: 13,168
Engine: 5733cc GM Chevrolet L65 (Small-Block V-8 350)
Power: 145 bhp / 3.800 rpm
Torque: 339 Nm / 2.200 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheel drive
Speed: 165 km/h
Curb weight: 2025 kg
Wheelbase: 121.5 inch
Chassis: GM B-platform box frame with crossbars and all-steel unibody (by Fisher)
Steering: ball-race servo control variable-ratio power
Gearbox: GM Turbo Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission / steering column shift
Clutch: not applicable
Carburettor: Rochester 2GV dual downdraft
Fuel tank: 98 liter
Electric system: distributor and coil
Ignition system: 12 Volts 61 Ah
Brakes front: 11.86 inch servo-assisted hydraulic discs
Brakes rear: 11 inch hydraulic self-adjusting drums
Suspension front: independent ball joint, Cross-link with elastically mounted tension strut, upper trapezoid triangle cross-bars, lower single cross-bars, sway bar, coil springs +
Suspension rear: beam axle, coil link system, posterior longitudinal axis with helical springs, lower longitudinal guide arms and upper differential slanting braces +
Rear axle: live semi-floating type
Differential: hypoid 3.08:1
Wheels: 6K – 15 inch steel discs
Tires: HR78 x 15B
Options: 6573cc GM Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 400 petrol engine, 7443cc GM Chevrolet L-series 454 V-8 (big-block) petrol engine, power windows, power brakes, power seats, 50/50 reclining passenger seat, power door locks, power trunk opener, comfort-tilt steering wheel, adjustable steering wheel, remote control outside rear view mirrors, AM/FM Stereo radio with tape system, rear seat speaker, Four-Season Air Conditioning, Soft-Ray tinted glass, intermittent windshield whiper system, rear window defogger, auxiliary lighting, econominder gauge package, Cruise-Master speed control, custom DeLuxe seat belts, DeLuxe wheel covers, Rally wheels, body side molding, white stripe steel-belted radial ply tires, DeLuxe bumpers, bumper guards, colour-keyed floor mats
– Chevrolet was co-founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. Louis Chevrolet was a race-car driver, born on December 25, 1878, in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. William Durant, founder of General Motors, had been forced out of GM in 1910 and wanted to use Louis Chevrolet’s designs to rebuild his own reputation as a force in the automobile industry. As head of Buick Motor Company, prior to founding GM, Durant had hired Chevrolet to drive Buicks in promotional races.
– By 1916 Chevrolet was profitable enough to allow Durant to buy a majority of shares in GM. After the deal was completed in 1917, Durant was president of General Motors and Chevrolet was merged into GM, becoming a separate division.
– When the Biscayne was discontinued after 1972, the Bel Air was demoted to the low-level model.
– This seventh generation Bel Air (1971-1975) was the last production Series of the Bel Air in the USA.
– Canada introduced the eighth generation Bel Air (1977-1981), being a Canadian market-only 2-door Hardtop: the Bel Air Sport Coupé, based on the Impala Sport Coupé assembled in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), Flint, Michigan (USA) and in Oshawa, Ontario (Canada).
– In 2002, a concept Bel Air …
Despite the fact that many people automatically assume that electric cars are new phenomenon, a quick glimpse at the history of electric vehicles was sure that they have been around for over 200 years. Yes, despite the fact that the electric vehicle is struggling to make it towards the mass market at this moment in time, it has in theory had over 200 years to try!
False dawns for the electric car market
There have been a number of false dawns for the electric car market over the last 200 years although many of these relate back to the strength of the oil industry. The latest failure in the 1990s saw General Motors accused of attempting to kill the electric car market with the infamous EV1 which was released in a blaze of glory yet ultimately crashed and burned.
This is perhaps one of the more striking visions of the electric car market which is still in the heads of many motorists around the world. The fact that the company the size of General Motors seemed willing, at least on the surface, to sacrifice a potentially lucrative electric car after allegedly coming under pressure from various government agencies and oil companies. While we never actually got to the bottom of the reason why the infamous EV1 was pulled from the marketplace, it certainly left a sour taste in the mouths of many motorists.
Is electric travel the future?
As we touched on above, despite the fact that EVs have been around in some shape or form for in excess of 200 years, there are still some uncertainty as to whether electric travel is the future. The reality is that as we look to save the environment, reduce emissions and also make driving vehicles more efficient, electric power is perhaps the best source of fuel available at this moment in time. There have been a number of other fuels suggested over the years although this moment in time no others have stepped forward to challenge electric cars.
There is now talk of mobile charging points, automatic charging points and even electric vehicles which will drive themselves on a tram network system. The reality is that despite the reluctance of many motorists to appreciate the fact that electric power is here to stay, systems are being put in place for the future and in many ways it seems only a matter of time before electric cars crack the mass market.
Past the point of no return
Over the last 10 years, since the GM EV1 debacle, governments around the world have invested billions upon billions of dollars of taxpayer’s money in the electric car industry. Many large automobile corporations around the world have also matched this significant investment and ultimately we are now passed the point of no return. Too much time, effort and money has been put into the electric vehicle market for it to fail wobble when it would be deemed a “success” remains to be seen.
There are many …