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January/February 2015
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Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt

Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

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GREENER VEHICLES

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Signals Brand’s EV Strategy

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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Chevrolet Spark EV Plugs into Maryland

Chevrolet will start selling the Spark EV in Maryland this spring, expanding the pure electric mini-car’s “range” to the East Coast.

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GM Reducing Environmental Impact in a Variety of Ways

Jeanne Blaisdell, founder and publisher of The Green Samaritan blog, shares her behind-the-scenes experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show. 

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Department of Energy Recognizes GM for Workplace Charging

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized GM’s leadership in supporting the development of the national plug-in electric vehicle workplace charging infrastructure, promoting workplace charging and increasing the charging stations available to GM employees.

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GM Ventures Sees Potential in Fuel Saving Technology

GM Ventures is optimistic that its 2012 equity investment in Silicon Valley-based startup Tula Technology, Inc. will result in a revolutionary new fuel economy technology that could be deployed in future gasoline engine-powered General Motors’ vehicles.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GM Dealers Show Their Sustainability to Customers

Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the U.S. are showing customers their environmental credentials as part of a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program.

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GM Leadership and Employees Learn from Climate Expert

Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, met with GM employees for a roundtable discussion on how external stakeholders view the company’s sustainability performance and how they can help continue the progress.

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Fort Wayne Assembly Powered by Wide Array of Renewables

GM’s Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana finished construction of a 100-foot-long, 14.4 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array. The company now houses 46 megawatts of solar power at 18 of its facilities globally.

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Embracing the Disruption

David Tulauskas, GM’s director of sustainability, sees opportunity in industry changes and challenges.

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9 Technologies Shaping the Future of Sustainability

From aerial drones to "smart" floor tiles, GM Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld sheds an energy-efficient light on the latest sustainability technologies.

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RESOURCE PRESERVATION

Getting to the Green: The Beautification of our Detroit-Hamtramck Plant

With some urging from a local resident, GM and the Greening of Detroit set out to plant new trees to replace those destroyed by the emerald ash borer.

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Native American Weavers Harvest Dogbane at Fort Wayne Assembly

Colonies of the dogbane plant growing near GM’s Indiana manufacturing facility are being used to making clothing and bags.

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WASTE REDUCTION

Vauxhall Creates a Sustainability Culture, Wins Award

GM’s Vauxhall brand in the U.K. received a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice from the Green Organisation, an international nonprofit.  

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SAFETY

Four Chevrolet Models Are 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The 2015 Chevrolet SparkVoltMalibu and Equinox have been named 2015 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks.

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Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat Goes to Work

Forward Collision Alert technology available in several 2015 Chevrolet models, including the Silverado, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse, alerts customers in everyday car-following situations if they may be seconds away from a crash or following much too closely.

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PHILANTHROPY

Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Now Open

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2015 scholarships until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 27.

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GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

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