Will there be an electric Camaro?

Will there be an electric Camaro?

General Motors is gearing up to release a bevy of new all-electric vehicles, with 30 new EV models set to launch by 2025. Rumor has it one of those new EV’s may be a battery-powered Chevy Camaro, and now, GM President Mark Reuss is adding fuel to the fire with some recent statements.

In an interview with The Fox Garage, Reuss addressed the rumor that GM was working on a new all-electric Chevy Camaro, per a teaser image released last year that appears to show the silhouette of a Chevy Camaro coupe on top of GM’s latest BEV3 EV platform.  Will there be an electric Camaro?

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Although Reuss declined to “put a year on that” in terms of a timeframe for the release of an all-electric GM sports car, Reuss did indicate that such a thing was well within reach for the automaker in terms of technology and development, addressing the issue by instead talking about the Cadillac Celestiq, the luxury marque’s upcoming all-electric flagship sedan.

“What we’ve done with those [battery] modules and cells is we’re able to flip those on their sides to get the [hip] point down and to get the roofline down in the car,” Reuss said. “And so that car is a very low-roof car, and that sort of sets up that variant of the Ultium platform.”

“Lots of things being looked at, studied, designed, engineered,” Reuss added. “But I can tell you that the platform is absolutely capable of doing just about everything we want in our portfolio across every segment.”

Although far from specific, the statements certainly leave the possibility of an all-electric sports car (like a Chevy Camaro) wide open.

As GM Authority has covered in the past, the future of the Chevy Camaro nameplate is uncertain, with the current sixth-generation model set to sunset in 2023, or possibly in 2026. Either way, with General Motors aiming for zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, the longterm prospects for the Camaro with internal combustion under the hood is limited, at best.

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Why is there an auto chip shortage?

Auto Chip Shortage

The semiconductor auto chip shortage has affected the auto industry in dramatic ways. Obviously, the biggest issue is how many plants are pausing production—and we’re here to let you know which major vehicles have their production currently affected by the chip shortage—but let’s not forget the Peugeot 308. Sure, it’s not available in the U.S., but Stellantis said this week that instead of the digital speedometers the car was going to have, it will now be produced with analog dials as a way to save chips to use in more popular models. Here’s hoping the upside is that these unexpected variants will be quirky collector’s items some day.

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Almost every automaker has been affected and forced to adjust production schedule in major ways. The consulting firm AlixPartners, cited by the Washington Post, estimated that the global auto industry will make somewhere between 1.5 million and five million fewer vehicles this year than originally expected. Volkswagen alone is down 100,000 vehicles for 2021, with the situation expected to worsen in the second quarter, and doesn’t expect to be able to make up the difference this year.

Exactly how long this situation will last is up in the air, but it appears like there’s darkness on the horizon. Taiwan, where many semiconductors are made, is suffering through a water shortage because no typhoons hit the island last year (which means aquifers are low) and rainfall for the first three months of 2021 was roughly half of the normal rate. Given this situation and many issues, the South China Morning Post reported this week that the chip shortage could last until 2022.


Audi Q7/Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg
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German business paper Handelsblatt reported on April 26 that the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, will stop production of SUVs from April 29 through May 7 because of the chip shortage. The plant builds the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne (pictured) as well as the Audi Q7 and Q8. Production of smaller Europe-market cars, including the Volkswagen Up, Seat Mii, and Skoda Citigo, will continue.

Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, Traverse; Cadillac XT4/XT5/XT6; GMC Acadia
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Over 10,000 workers will have some sort of extended break at a long list of GM plants. Three plants—Spring Hill, Tennessee (which assembles the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 and the GMC Acadia), Delta Township, Michigan (Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse), and Ramos Arizpe in Mexico (Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox) will shut down for one or two weeks. Three other plants—Lansing, Michigan (Cadillac CT4 and CT5, Chevrolet Camaro), Kansas City (Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Malibu), and Ingersoll, Ontario (Equinox), will have their current shutdowns extended.

Ford F-150, Explorer, Mustang; Lincoln Aviator, Nautilus
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Ford has already been cutting back on production of the popular F-150 and Explorer, but the automaker said this week that it will keep production rates down at some plants for an extra week or two. Ford plants in Chicago, Flat Rock, and Kansas City will continue to be idle until after the week of May 10. These plants, and others, have been idled since mid-April, and the affected model list also includes the Mustang, Edge, and Transit van. Production of the Lincoln Aviator and Nautilus has also been affected.

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Hyundai apparently had plenty of chips in its supply to keep production moving in the early part of the year, but the company did say it would have to adjust its production numbers in May as it did in April. Beyond that, the picture becomes murky, a company spokesperson told Reuters in Korea, as do the names of the affected models. Earlier this month, the company’s Asan plant, which makes the Sonata for overseas markets, temporarily stopped production, and its main plant in Ulsan shut down for a week. There is no news about a production halt in the U.S. yet.

Jaguar XE, XF, F-Type; Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Evoque
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The U.K.-based automaker will temporarily stop producing Jaguar XE, XF, and F-type vehicles at its Castle Bromwich plant, and Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs at its Halewood factory starting on April 26, Bloomberg reported. The Halewood plant produces the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque (pictured). Production at the company’s Solihull facility, which builds the rest of the Range Rover lineup plus the Land Rover Defender and the Jaguar F-Pace, will not be affected.

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango
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Stellantis NV’s Jefferson North plant in Detroit will reduce its workers’ schedules in April and May. That means production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango SUV will be affected by rotating layoffs through the end of May. The plant usually runs for 20 hours a day with three crews, but two crews will be laid off between April 26 and May 17, while the third crew will be laid off from May 17 to May 31, according to Automotive News.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, GLC, EQC
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Mercedes stopped building the C-class at its Alabama plant last year, but there’s no guarantee that production wouldn’t be affected even if it hadn’t. Daimler said that it will temporarily halt production at two of its plants in Germany, in Bremen and Rastatt, for at least one week. The C-class, the GLC crossover, and the EQC electric CUV are built in Bremen, while the Rastatt plant builds Mercedes’s compact cars.

2021 mitsubishi mirage

According to Bloomberg, Mitsubishi built around 90,000 vehicles each month in January and February this year, so the news that the company will drop that number by 16,000 in May means around a fifth of the company’s global production will be affected by the chip shortage. Exactly which models will be pausing production is currently unclear, but a Mitsubishi spokesperson confirmed to Car and Driver that the affected models will come from factories in Okazaki and Mizushima, Japan, and Thailand. The Mirage (pictured) is produced in Thailand and elsewhere.

Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Rogue
2021 nissan altima

Nissan has not made an official announcement, but sources quoted by Japan Today said it will shut down its Kyushu, Japan, plant temporarily in mid-May. The plant builds the X-Trail SUV (known here as the Rogue), among other models. The same report says one other Japanese plant will shut down for 10 days in May, and two others will cut the night shift for part of May. Already in March, Nissan paused some of its planned production in the U.S. of the Murano plus the Leaf, Maxima, and Rogue in Smyrna, Tennessee, and of the Altima (pictured) in Canton, Mississippi, Automotive News reported.

Subaru Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, Outback
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Local Indianapolis news outlet WFYI reported that Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana, plant shut down during the last two weeks of April, affecting production of 15,000 vehicles. The plant builds the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback (pictured).

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Chevy and Ford chip shortage

A Chevy truck is half assembled and sitting in front of an American flag in Flint, Michigan.Even a year after the pandemic started wreaking havoc on global supply chains, a chip shortage is still disrupting entire industries.

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This year, some of GM’s newest cars won’t have a critical feature — an advanced fuel management system that saves gas — because the company couldn’t get enough chips, the transistor-filled semiconductors that keep so many of the devices we use today running. After announcing in March that customers who buy the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups between now and the end of the summer will have a lower fuel economy, GM said Thursday that worsening supply chain issues have led to temporary closures of eight of its assembly plants, affecting about 10,000 workers.

GM isn’t the only automaker facing setbacks and even layoffs due to the shortage. In March, Ford said the chip shortage, along with weather conditions, left the company canceling shifts and building some vehicles without all their parts. HondaVolkswagen, and Toyota have similarly warned of supply issues or reduced production in recent months.

Meanwhile, the United States has struggled to bring in enough of everything — from much-needed N95 respirators and other personal protective equipment to bicycles to game consoles and laptops — since Covid-19 first arrived. The chip shortage has continued to hurt device makers, too. Samsung recently warned that it might skip the introduction of its popular Galaxy Note phone this year. It doesn’t help that other shortages, including a shortage of shipping containers, are also causing ripple effects in the supply chain.

But the chip shortage, specifically, points to particular weaknesses in the US high-tech manufacturing industry. In response to growing concerns about the chip shortage and its consequences, President Joe Biden signed an executive order in February starting a 100-day review of supply chains for critical products, with a particular focus on advanced technology components, also fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

Biden’s review won’t just look at the US supply of semiconductors. In the coming weeks, the administration will continue to review America’s manufacturing abilities for pharmaceuticals, high-capacity batteries, and rare-earth elements that are found in everything from lasers to electric vehicles. There’s also a broader, yearlong review of sectors ranging from food and energy to transportation. The ultimate goal, the president said in February, is “making sure the United States can meet every challenge we face in the new era.”

The review could be essential to helping the US economy recover and could better prepare the country for a future crisis. Even as millions of people get vaccinated against Covid-19 and the economy picks back up, supply chain disruptions linked to the chip shortage are proving particularly persistent. The impact of the chip shortage on US autoworkers alone prompted governors from eight states to urge Biden to take action in late February, and Sens. Marco Rubio and Chris Coons have asked Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost semiconductor supply.

“More than a warning, [the pandemic] was a data point for us that this can happen — and if it happens, look what it can do,” explains Seckin Ozkul, the founder and director of the Supply Chain Innovation Lab at the University of South Florida. “[When] a big disruption happens, how can you make sure that your supply chain is going to recover and not have major impacts as soon as possible?” Monday alone demonstrated how fragile the chip situation is. A fire at one automotive chipmaker’s factory in Japan sent stocks in Toyota, Nissan, and Honda down more than 3 percent.

But boosting US supplies of chips, or any other high-tech product, can’t happen overnight. Building new manufacturing facilities can be tricky, time-intensive, and expensive, and some previous government efforts to boost high-tech jobs in the US have failed. At the same time, recent decades have seen more and more of this manufacturing taking place outside the US, in part because it can be cheaper, easier, and more efficient to make these high-tech products abroad.

Now that the Biden administration has started down the difficult path of analyzing just how insecure America’s supply chain for these hard-to-manufacture components is, the companies affected by the shortage are trying to figure out what to do until a solution appears on the horizon. While this review alone won’t boost US high-tech manufacturing, the hope is to set the groundwork to secure US supply chains before another crisis hits.

2021 Chevy Trax offers a new color


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Assigned color code GUN and touch-up paint code WA-694D, Shadow Gray Metallic is one of three gray color options available for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax. The new hue is the darkest gray option with Silver Ice Metallic and Stone Gray Metallic being lighter.

The new Shadow Gray Metallic color is included in the base price of the 2021 Chevy Trax. It is available with all interior color combinations and trim levels. It is worth noting the Premier trim level was deleted for the 2021 model year, leaving only the LS and LT trim levels for the Trax. Additionally, the Jet Black with Brandy interior combination was deleted for the 2021 model year.

2021 Chevrolet Trax Trim Levels:

  • LS (1LS)
  • LT (1LT)

2021 Chevrolet Trax Interior Color Combinations:

  • Jet Black
  • Jet Black with Light Ash Gray

Launch Timeframe

As of this writing, the 2021 Chevy Trax can is at dealers, since the GM Bupyeong plant in Korea has been assembling and shipping the 2021 model to dealers for quite some time now, with the 2022 model set to enter production shortly. As such, models in the Shadow Gray Metallic exterior color are already on dealer lots. Availability varies by dealer, so check with yours for complete details.