Posts tagged ‘General Motors’

More on the Chevy Volt

Just a few days after General Motors used its new blog to introduce battery engineer Mel Fox ’95 EMS to readers, it made headlines for the project Fox is working on: the Chevy Volt. It announced Tuesday that the electric car will get an estimated 230 miles per gallon.

Yes, that’s a number to get your attention. There’s some debate over what that number really means; it’s based on a formula that The New York Times called “abstract.”

Clearly, however, Fox is playing an important role. You can read our earlier post about her job here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor


August 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Behind the Scenes of the Chevy Volt

mel-and-paris-cropped-150x150Mel Fox ’95 MS EMS says that her favorite car is her boyfriend’s 1969 Camaro. That’s undeniably a cool car, but it certainly falls into the “gas guzzler” category. (Excuse me. Muscle car.) In her professional life, though, Fox is working on a car that’s at the opposite end of the spectrum — the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid in development.

Fox was featured this week on a new General Motors blog that is focusing on the people behind its technology. She’s a battery engineer, and her job is “ensuring the Volt batteries will last as long as possible — think of me as an advocate for the Volt battery!”

Fox’s path is no surprise. We mentioned her in a 2006 article about students working on a hybrid SUV for the ChallengeX competition, which was sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of energy. You can click here to download a PDF of our article.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

August 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm 7 comments

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