Chevrolet Malibu Eco Electric Steering


Ever wondered how the new Chevrolet Malibu Eco saves fuel? No?

Well, we’re gonna explain it anyway! The car utilizes many technologies, each responsible for a little bit of efficiency, in order to be one of the most economical cars in its class. Chevrolet Malibu Eco achieves an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy. Two of the main systems it uses include the Electric power-assist steering, and eAssist, both centering on electronic stuff rather than mechanical things.

Malibu Eco is on sale now and is priced at $25,595, less than competitor full hybrid vehicles. You will also be saving tons of cash on fuel bills, as it can cover a distance of 518 miles on one tank.

MalibuEcoSteering Chevrolet Malibu Eco Electric Steering

More details on both tech features:

Electric power assist steering operates on demand, consuming power only during steering maneuvers instead of constantly draining engine power to operate a hydraulic pump. It also reduces CO2 emissions and maintenance cost by eliminating the need to dispose of hydraulic fluid.

The system constantly measures the driver’s steering input, adapts to changing road conditions, and helps compensate for slight directional shifts caused by factors such as uneven road surfaces or crosswinds. It also makes low-speed parking maneuvers feel practically effortless, delivers a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds, and can be tuned to various driving modes, such as “comfort” and “sport” in some models. It even helps reduce vibrations that transfer through the steering wheel.

It features GM’s fuel-saving eAssist technology that shuts down fuel delivery in certain deceleration conditions, further improving fuel economy. While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the motor-generator unit positions it properly for a smooth restart when the brake is released. The system also captures up to 15kW of energy that would be normally lost during braking and uses it to recharge the lithium-ion battery.

Because of electric power assist steering, eAssist, and other fuel-saving technologies, Malibu Eco can travel up to 580 highway miles (965 km) between fill-ups with a 15.8-gallon (59.9 liters) fuel tank. eAssist saves customers an estimated $1,950 in annual fuel costs or about $19,500 over 10 years.

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