IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

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IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

by Darryl K. Taft

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IBM and GM Ride Together

IBM's Robert LeBlanc, , senior vice president of middleware software at IBM, takes the driver's seat as Micky Bly, General Motors' executive director of global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, rides along. GM built the Chevy Volt in record time using IBM's Rational software.

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Smarter Planet

The Chevy Volt is the kind of product IBM hopes to help its customers create using the company's Smarter Planet strategy, tools and systems.

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Crowd-Pleaser

The Chevy Volt appears to be a crowd-pleaser as IBM employees gawk at the automobile.

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Micky Bly

GM executive Bly introduces the Chevy Volt at an event at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility Nov. 1.

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Robert LeBlanc

IBM executive LeBlanc discusses IBM's role in the making of the Chevy Volt.

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Handshake

LeBlanc and Bly shake hands over their companies' mutual success with the Chevy Volt.

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Packed Crowd

The parking lot at IBM's Research Triangle Park Software Group facility is packed with folks who came to see the new Chevy Volt.

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The First

The first Chevy Volt in line for test drives pulls around awaiting a driver.

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Side View

A side view of the Chevy Volt. Note the round cover for the electric charging socket in front of the driver's side door.

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Charging

A view of a Chevy Volt charging.

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Charge It!

A Chevy Volt taking a charge before hitting the road.

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Back View Charge

The rear view of a Chevy Volt electric car charging. Notice the Michigan license plates. These cars just came off the manufacturing floor.

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Four-Seater

The Chevy Volt offers a full four seats.

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The Charger

Pictured here is the Chevy Volt charging supply source.

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Battery Indicator

A view of the battery power available to the car on the auto's console.

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Climate Control

A view of the climate control system on the Volt's console.

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Speedometer

A look at the Chevy Volt speedometer.

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Charge Mode

A view of the charging mode and how long it will take until the battery is fully charged.

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Under the Hood

Here is a view of what it looks like under the hood of the 2011 Chevy Volt.

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A Closer Look

The Chevy Volt engine in greater detail.

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Paces

IBMers put the Chevy Volt through its paces, kicking the tires and checking out its look and feel.

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Back Seat

Here is a look at the back seat in the Chevy Volt.

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Charger Storage

The Chevy Storage charger in its storage compartment under the rear hatch.

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The Rules

A GM staffer holds a placard displaying the rules for test driving the car.

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