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Chevrolet teases refreshed 2022 Bolt EV, new 2022 Bolt EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is just one of the electric vehicles the brand will be launching in the coming years. The Bolt EV, shown here, will be refreshed.

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A refreshed Chevrolet Bolt EV and new Bolt EUV (that's electric SUV in General Motors talk) are on the horizon. The company recently named the two models as part of a longer list of electrified vehicle introductions planned by 2023.

The Bolt EUV teaser makes the vehicle look a lot like the Buick Velite 7. The what? You've probably never heard of the model because it's built for the Chinese market, but it's an electric SUV in the General Motors portfolio that could be rebadged as a Bolt EUV for America. It wouldn't be unprecedented.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV The original Bolt EUV teaser image distributed shows a fair amount of details of the model.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

With a rebadging you'd likely get new front and rear fascia, as well as an interior enhancement, but the basic dimensions and styling of the vehicle would remain the same. The image put out by Chevrolet today shows a similar nose but different headlights than the Buick as well as familiar taillights but an added spoiler. This spoiler likely helps the model achieve better fuel economy in highway and rural road driving situations - something that isn't a traditional Chinese market use case, which may explain the lack of such a feature on the Velite 7.

Turning up the brightness of the image in Photoshop further reveals many of those details.

While driving range (it too will be an all-electric model) and interior tech are mostly secret for now, Chevy has said that the Bolt EUV will employ the brand's first use of Super Cruise, a hands-free driving technology that has been available for years in Cadillac models.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV bright teaser The Bolt EUV teaser image shown brighter thanks to Photoshop tech.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

For the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV received added range, bumping its predicted mileage up to 259, a 21-mile improvement. For 2021, it's getting a proper refresh. Expect to see new tech in the electric car and perhaps a larger infotainment screen, though GM is trying to maximize fuel economy and power-sucking electronics isn't the way to do that.

The updates to the front and rear fascia of the Bolt EV give it matching looks to the Bolt EUV. The car's taillights aren't as sleek as the Bolt EUV's, but changing that would cause Chevy to have to re-engineer the hatch. It's also, perhaps, a signal that Chevy isn't looking to completely clone the Bolt EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt EV bright teaser The Chevrolet Bolt EV's new look, brightened in Photoshop. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

We'll know more soon. Both vehicles will go into production in summer 2021 and will likely be 2022 models.

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Toyota Mall of Georgia, one of AutoNation's dealerships, has raised money to support the caregivers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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You know the pink license plate brackets and the pink-leather jacket clad spokeswoman. All that pink is paying off. AutoNation announced that it has raised $25 million for cancer research and treatment through its Drive Pink (DRV PNK) Initiative. Drive Pink launched in 2015.

In 2020 alone, DRV PNK funds have been invested in seven major research projects through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. BRCF focuses their efforts in six different areas: tumor biology, treatment, survivorship, metastasis, lifestyle and prevention, and heredity and ethnicity.

"AutoNation has played a valuable role in enabling BCRF to be at the vanguard of every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship," said Mrya Biblowit, BCRF President and CEO.

"Every October, we celebrate all that we have accomplished through DRV PNK" said Mike Jackson, AutoNation's Chairman and CEO. "This year, we've taken our mission to new levels, thanks to the incredible support of our Customers, our Associates and our partners."

As part of its DRV PNK efforts, AutoNation works to raise awareness of breast cancer. The company sponsored NTT Indycar Series drivers Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, and Marco Andretti who were behind the wheel of vehicles wearing pink liveries.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and AutoNation will be stepping up its efforts throughout the month. Expect to see ad campaigns reflecting such. The company's annual DRV PNK Across America Day by selecting local cancer treatment facilities to receive care bags for patients battling cancer.

For longtime AutoNation Associate and breast cancer survivor, Lisa Logan, DRV PNK is personal. "Sadly, just about everyone has been touched by cancer. I am so proud to work for a company that not only supported me throughout my journey, but that also supports such an important cause."

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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