After 48 months' development, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt has
enetered series production. The pioneering "E-REV" is as
important to the mobility industry as it is to GM.
Creating the heart of Volt
GM's battery requirements meant creating new state-of-the-art
in-vehicle engery storage - and doing it in less than four years.
Top GM and supplier engineers reveal how they did it.
Engineering with maniacal focus
A dedicated, cohesive team and a conservative engineering approach
put this innovative vehicle into production at moon-shot
A unique electrified transaxle
Hybrid or not? Definitions aside, what really matters is GM wisely
leveraged its next-generation Two Mode propulsion technology to
give Volt greater overall efficiency.
Sweating the body details
Extensive wind-tunnel work gave Volt a shape that's slicker
than it looks. But engineers aren't happy with the curb
Achassis that Cruzes
To speed development and minimize cost, Volt shares key
underpinnings with its high-volume cousin.
A new role for the ICE
Volt's modified Family Zero inline four is along for the ride-
until it's needed.
Charging and connectivity
GM engineers designed in maximum flexibility for keeping the Volt
juiced up and connected- to the grid and to the Internet.