GM Plans to Be Fully Carbon Neutral Within 20 Years

Even though the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are shaping up to be bona fide hits, General Motors is upping its game by thinking ahead even further. It recently announced an ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. By using science to guide its path, the automaker intends to reach carbon neutrality in both its products and its operations. 

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In order to be carbon neutral by 2040, GM plans to upgrade its gas-powered lineup with battery-powered vehicles. By the end of 2025, electric models will comprise roughly 40 percent of the automaker’s output, with 30 EVs available globally, including sedans, SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. 

General Motors and EVgo also have a plan to install over 2,700 fast chargers across America by 2025 to help increase EV adoption. The chargers will be added to the public fast-charging network and be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

The automaker will invest $27 billion in EVs and autonomous vehicles in the next five years. This money will go towards developing the GM Ultium battery technology and updating several of its most productive factories. By 2030, GM plans to use 100 percent renewable energy at its facilities and invest in carbon offsets.

GM didn’t become America’s largest carmaker by thinking small, and this investment in renewable energy shows that it doesn’t plan to slow down. To experience that innovation first-hand, check out the exceptional vehicles on our lot at ELCO Chevrolet, right here in beautiful Ballwin, MO.

The Camaro and Corvette Score Spots on the 2021 Best Muscle Cars for 2021 List

Two iconic Chevrolet sports cars have earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report  10 Best Muscle Cars for 2021 list. The Camaro and Corvette were honored for their performance, tech tools, and impressive value.

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The Camaro earned high marks for its modern connectivity technology, impressive powertrain options, and affordable sticker price. Every Camaro is equipped with modern tech tools like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and a built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot.

“As one of the more affordable muscle cars on the road, the Camaro features an impressive lineup of powerful V6 and V8 engines,” state the editors of U.S. News and World Report. The model’s available powertrains run the gamut from 275 to 650 horsepower.

The Corvette, on the other hand, scored the highest among sports cars on the list. It wowed the judges with its Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, and intuitive smartphone integration. Naturally, its 490-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 2.9-second 0-60 time helped it speed ahead of the competition, too.

“Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette sits atop our ranking of luxury sports cars as well as our rating of luxury convertibles,” the publication said of the mid-engine marvel. “Now in its eighth generation, the classic nameplate sports a mid-engine layout and a modern interior.”

Want to learn more about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette? Visit us online or contact us at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, MO.

Biggest Differences Between the Trax and the All-New Trailblazer

For the 2021 model year, Chevrolet has unveiled its new entry-level small SUV, the Trailblazer. So how does the 2021 Trailblazer compare to the bowtie brand’s other small SUV, the Trax? The two share a lot in common, but there are also some key differences between the two SUVs:

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Under the hood

The Trax is limited to a single powertrain: a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that serves up 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. For the Trailblazer, you can choose between the standard 1.2-liter turbo engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque and an EcoTec® 1.3-liter turbo engine, which cranks out 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

Interior space

The Chevrolet Trailblazer and Trax both comfortably seat up to five passengers, but the Trailblazer offers a little more room for gear. The Trailblazer has 25.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row and 54.4 cubic feet with the second row folded; the Trax has 18.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 48.4 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Trim levels

Choose between two trims for your 2021 Trax: LS and LT. Or go with the Trailblazer, which offers five unique trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS.

Contact us at ELCO Chevrolet to learn more about the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer, or stop by to see which model is right for you.

GM Introduces OnStar® Insurance

Last year, General Motors rolled out its brand new OnStar® Insurance program. At the end of 2020, coverage was available to GM employees in Arizona, but starting this year, General Motors will be offering OnStar® Insurance to the general public.

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What makes OnStar® Insurance different is its focus on reinforcing positive driving habits and vehicle usage for determining eligibility and rates, rather than other factors you often can’t control. Shopping for OnStar® Insurance can be done entirely online, but you will be able to speak with an agent if you run into any questions.

As you drive with OnStar® Insurance, the service will analyze your driving behavior and make suggestions to improve your on-road safety. If you follow that guidance and improve your driving habits, OnStar® will reward you with significant discounts on your insurance premiums.

In addition, OnStar® Insurance is compatible with OnStar® Safety & Security. In the event of a collision, you will appreciate Automatic Crash Response and contact with an OnStar® Emergency-certified Advisor, who can contact first responders while you focus on your own safety.

If you’re interested in learning more about OnStar® Insurance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ELCO Chevrolet.

Chevrolet teases the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV

For a few years now, General Motors has been adding a nearly constant stream of electrified vehicles to the lineups of all of its brands. One of the newest EV announcements is for Chevrolet in the form of a refreshed 2022 Bolt EV and an all-new 2022 Bolt EUV model.

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While we are familiar with the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) is an SUV model. It will have a longer wheelbase than the smaller Bolt, which should translate to more interior space for both passengers and cargo.

Another big surprise for the Bolt EUV will be the availability of Super Cruise. This will be the first non-Cadillac model to offer this advanced hands-free driving technology. The Bolt EUV will help make this premium technology more accessible to the average driver.

As for the standard Bolt EV, it will not be completely redesigned for 2022, but is going to get some significant updates. These will include a new infotainment system, more supportive seats, and an improved dashboard. It will also come equipped with gear selector buttons and Adaptive Cruise Control technology.

Both the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are expected to enter production in summer 2021 and will start arriving at dealerships shortly after that.

Keep your eyes on the ELCO Chevrolet blog for more information on the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV as it becomes available.

The National Corvette Museum releases educational videos to watch at home

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Working to engage the public online, the National Corvette Museum recently released a series of educational videos called the Vetteacademy. This free-to-watch museum miniseries is available on YouTube and Facebook, offering information about how to change tires, the history of the Corvette, and the differences between Corvette generations.

These videos are designed to be fun and engaging, and they’re for a broad audience that may have no in-depth knowledge of cars. The videos are well-suited for kids, as they offer educational information in easy-to-understand language, focusing mainly on how cars work and what makes the Corvette so special.

“As a nonprofit foundation, our mission is to educate the public. We developed these videos to not only provide educational content, but also be entertaining and engaging,” said Dr. Sean Preston, President and CEO of the Corvette Museum.

You can also access the “Fully Vetted” series, which is perfect if you’re trying to fight boredom. It has stories by Bob Bubnis, the museum historical media coordinator, and Derek E. Moore, the director of collections and curator. You can learn in-depth info about the brand, getting a behind-the-scenes view of one of America’s favorite cars. Check out these videos today to learn more about everything from the classic Stingray to the latest model year.

As big fans of all things Corvette, you can rest assured that all of us at ELCO Chevrolet are enjoying everything the National Corvette Museum is producing. To talk about how to get behind the wheel of your dream car — or just to geek out over the first mid-engine Corvette — don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Chevy brings updates to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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The Chevrolet Colorado is getting a number of changes for the 2021 model year, including a bold new exterior design, additional options, and a new trim level, among other things. No matter which version you choose, this sporty midsize truck offer exceptional value, durability, and capability.

The Colorado will have a new base trim level called the Work Truck, which is perfect if you want a practical truck that is designed for towing and hauling. There are also standard 17-inch wheels as well as three new custom colors: Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Dune Metallic, and Pow Zinga Metallic. You’ll find more prominent exterior badging and skid plates as well.

“We believe Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-size truck segment and will see continued strong sales fueled by its fresh new look,” said Chevy spokesperson Chris Bonelli.

Other new features for 2021 include three new appearance packages. There’s a WT Appearance Package, Custom Special Edition, and Chrome Appearance Package. Features include an available 4×4 powertrain, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and available 18-inch Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels. The Chrome Appearance Package has chrome on the grille, door handles, rear bumper, and beltline molding. The new Colorado is not only engineered for performance, but it will also help you make a statement wherever you go.

We look forward to seeing you here at ELCO Chevrolet when the 2021 Colorado finally launches later this year.

The Last Chevy Impala has left the assembly line

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With more drivers looking for versatile crossovers and SUVs in lieu of traditional sedans, Chevrolet announced its plans to discontinue the esteemed Impala some time ago. As of February 28, 2020, the last Chevy Impala had left the assembly line in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, opening the way for a new era of electric vehicle production.

The Chevy Impala has been around for 60 years, proving again and again to be a popular pick all over the country, despite two prior discontinuations. It’s had appearances in many television series and movies, and has been a go-to model for U.S. law enforcement agencies. Throughout the years, the Impala continued to earn awards and accolades, garnering titles like “Best Large Car for the Money” by U.S. News.

Saying goodbye to the iconic Impala midsize sedan was a big step in Chevrolet’s plan to invest in the all-electric vehicle market. The company has dedicated $2.2 billion to converting the Detroit-Hamtramck plant into a facility dedicated to electric vehicle production. This plant is moving towards a bright future full of exciting new models, including the development of the all-new electric Hummer EV. It’s also set to produce the lineup of electrified Cadillac models, and other electric models from Chevrolet that may be on the horizon. Batteries for these vehicles will be built at the General Motors’ Ohio plant.

We hope that you’ll join all of us here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in bidding the Impala a fond farewell as we look forward to an exciting new phase in automotive history.

The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sold for $3 million at Auction

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is poised to usher in a new era for the American icon, marking the first time one of Chevy’s high-performance sports cars was built on a mid-engine platform. And the very first example of the new mid-engine Corvette sold earlier this year at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a cool $3 million.

That $3 million will go to a very good cause. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund, which aims to improve the quality of schools in the city of Detroit. General Motors CEO Mary Barra was at the event to congratulate — and thank — the lucky winner. The new owner of the revolutionary supercar, in addition to receiving the world’s first production mid-engine Corvette, will also get a guided tour of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

So who was the lucky winner of the $3 million 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? None other than famous racer, car collector, and NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick, who has bought a long list of famous Chevrolet models at this and other auctions over the years.

While $3 million is a hefty price tag, it is not large enough to make this Corvette the most expensive ever auctioned by Barrett-Jackson. That distinction belongs to a 1967 L88 Corvette Coupe, which fetched $3.85 million when it was auctioned in 2014.

While the first mid-engine Corvette to leave the assembly line already has an owner, you can experience the all-new supercar’s excellence right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac when it hits lots later this year.

Chevrolet Release Efficiency for the New Diesel Silverado Engine

efficiency for the new diesel Silverado engine

You can finally order the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine, which promises to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Chevrolet has revealed the efficiency figures for the new diesel engine, and they’re impressive.

When equipped with the diesel engine and rear-wheel drive, you can expect to see an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway1. Four-wheel-drive models will achieve an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with this engine and other towing equipment, the Silverado 1500 can pull up to 9,300 pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds.

Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer, said, “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”

The 3.0-liter Duramax® is the first diesel engine to be made available for a light-duty truck since 1997.

If you want a pickup that doesn’t sacrifice power for efficiency, you want the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax®. Come experience the impressive balance at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.