There’s nothing wrong with GM’s popular diesel engine (unlike the Chevy Bolt’s batteries). In an age of endless production woes, though, The Drive reports that a part supplier for the 3.0 Duramax is unable to supply their parts, which has brought production of the entire engine line to a screeching halt.
GM uses this engine in the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs and the Express van, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.
No other engines are thought to be affected by the part shortage. GM believes the issue is only temporary and should be solved soon. In an age of “just in time” delivery, though, with few parts actually on hand, this is what happens when there’s even a small hiccup in the system. Between chip shortages and COVID-19, there are many worse problems than small hiccups in the supply line right about now.
First, GM was going to test the batteries in pre-2019 models and replace defective battery cells. Then they decided to replace them all. And now, 2019 and newer Bolts have been added to the list, also to get a full replacement whether they need it or not. That’s all of them. Every. Single. One.
It’s not a good look, is it? Fires in Chevy Bolts due to spontaneously combusting batteries evokes memories of the Pontiac Fiero and its infamous fires. In this case, though, it’s because of defective battery cells, which could apparently all go up in smoke at any time. This one isn’t even Chevy’s fault, but supplier LG Chem, who of course Chevy wants compensation from, according to The Drive.
The Bolt was the early go-to affordable fully-electric car after customers learned the affordable versions of the Tesla Model 3 wouldn’t even be built for a year or two after its introduction. Chevy scored a big win there. That’s all been undone, and then some, because, as the Hydraulic Press Channel would say, “It is extremely dangerous and may attack at any time, so we have to deal with it.”
Top tip: Don’t use a hydraulic press to dispose of your old batteries.
They say you can live in your car, but you can’t race your house. Well, I live in a van, but I don’t race it. By the time Leif Tufvesson is done with his 1978 Chevy G10 shorty van, though, he should be able to do both. It has the heart of a modern C7 Corvette. Read all about it at The Drive.
You knew it had to happen. Ford grabbed the electric truck spotlight with the F-150 Lightning, so Chevrolet had to answer with an electric Silverado. What we didn’t expect, though, was the return of four-wheel steering.
Elektrek brings us this teaser video of the upcoming electric Silverado, which prominently features the four-wheel steering option. This harkens back to Chevy’s Quadrasteer option, available on 2002-2005 Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra twins, as well as the Chevy Suburban / GMC Yukon XL. (You can read more about Quadrasteer at GM Authority.) Being a teaser, we have little info on the new system, other than its availability and simliarity to the one offered on the Hummer EV.
With vehicles getting ever bigger and bigger, it’s no wonder this feature is making a return. My dad downsized from a Silverado to a Colorado specifically because the bigger truck can’t make the turn into his garage in one swing, the Colorado can, and both trucks fulfill all of his truck needs. So the need for a tighter turning radius is definitely there.