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.

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.

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.

Chevrolet Release Efficiency for the New Diesel Silverado Engine

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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.

Heads-Up, Silverado Lovers: The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty Debuts in February

2020 Silverado Heavy Duty

The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty will debut in February as the third all-new Silverado released in the last 18 months. This new truck is the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever built, meeting the needs of heavy-duty truck drivers.

The demands of HD truck drivers cannot be met by less powerful and capable trucks. The chief engineer of the Silverado HD, Jaclyn McQuaid, stated, “We built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” With thoughtful engineering and design, consumers will have a confident, capable driving and work experience.

You will notice that the Silverado HD shares some design cues with the light-duty Silverado 1500, but its form generally follows its bold, heavy-duty function. It includes two new advanced powertrain options, a new gasoline engine, a six-speed transmission, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8. This latter engine is not for the faint at heart as it pumps out 910 lb-ft of torque and comes with an all-new Allison ten-speed transmission.

With bold looks and power, the 2020 Silverado HD features advanced trailering technology and increased towing and payload capabilities. While you haul your load, sit back in this truck’s comfortable, sophisticated, and smart interior because you know that a heavy duty truck delvers on its promises.

As we await the anticipated release of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, head on over to ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look at our 2019 Silverado HD selection.

Basic Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips

pickup truck maintenanceThe best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.

Frequent oil changes

Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.

Rotate the tires

Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.

Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights

These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.

Know your driving demands

Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.

As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

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As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.

  • Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
  • Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
  • Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
  • Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.

If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.