11 Mar '13, 11pm

Exclusive: Q&A: Larry Nitz says GM "committed to electrification as a long-term journey"

Exclusive: Q&A: Larry Nitz says GM "committed to electrification as a long-term journey"

: We're in our second generation of eAssist , and we're very bullish on it because it provides a couple of fundamental things – regenerative braking and load shifting – that can improve the fuel efficiency of a combustion-engine car in ways that other technologies can't. The electric motor provides added torque that allows us to balance the car differently to improve highway fuel economy. It's not knock-limited [unlike turbocharging], and you don't have to put more air in, charge it and spark it to get extra torque when you want or need it. ABG : Are you satisfied with where the Chevrolet Volt is today? LN : I hope that we can look back at the Volt in 20 years as the inflection point where we started this journey. For many of us who drive a Volt all or most of the time, it represents a balance of gas-free commuting with drive-anywhere capability, and the cost of ownership ...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/03/11/qanda-larry-nitz-say...

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