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

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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