Mark Reuss, GM Vice President, 2011 New York auto show on Driving the Nation

New York auto show, New York City, New York – Chevy unveiled their 2013 Chevy Malibu with e-assist. This is the same technology that is used on Buick models, such as the Buick LaCrosse.

Chevy says that Malibu ECO’s e-assist system is mated to a 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four- cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.  The eAssist system uses power stored in the battery to provide needed electrical boost in various driving scenarios, optimizing engine and transmission operation. An advanced 115V lithium-ion battery and latest-generation 15-kW motor-generator unit help increase fuel economy through:

  • Regenerative braking, which provides up to 15 kW of electricity to charge the battery
  • Providing up to 11 kW (15 hp) of electric power assistance during acceleration
  • Automatic engine shut-off when the vehicle is stopped
  • Aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration down to zero vehicle speed, enabled by the torque smoothing provided by the motor-generator unit
  • Intelligent charge/discharge of the high-voltage battery

The e-assist  2013 Chevy Malibu is off the global Epsilon platform. It  gets 550 mile driving range with 26 city/ 38 highway miles per gallon.

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