• Aug 18, 2008
Click above to watch a video with slides of the production Chevy Volt

We got our first sneak peek at the production Chevy Volt last week, but a recent presentation by Bob Boniface, director of design for the Volt, has revealed a bit more. We've pasted a video of the presentation and slide show after the break, and in it Boniface notes how the concept's straight lines and tight corners have been smoothed over and rounded out in an effort to reduce turbulence. This streamlining improves the Volt's fuel mileage, range on electricity and the amount of regenerative braking that can be captured. Also seen for the first time is a rear shot of the Volt, showing a pronounced "vertical fin," and a new rear spoiler design. Likewise, the side-view mirrors' mounting arrangement was revised for reduced aerodynamic drag. These changes, along with countless others which have not been fully revealed, have allowed the Volt's engineers and designers to increase EV-only range by six to seven miles.

While we're salivating over all the little tidbits of information on the Volt, we look forward to its official debut expected in Paris at the Motor Show this October. However, recent rumors indicate that the extended-range electric-vehicle could be seen at GM's Centennial celebration on September 16. Thanks for the tip, Emil!


[Sources: GM-Volt, Green Fuels Forecast, The Detroit Free Press]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This could be just me, but the concept looked very 5th gen Camaroesque, maybe due to all the buzz it was making and they were hoping to bank off that. But I hate how car companies just focus on highway miles, like most people don't drive in cities or suburban settings or something. It's sort of misleading, I know why they do it, but it's pretty misleading in a way. But that's just my opinion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you mean "just focus on highway miles" ? They advertise the highway miles because they're always going to be higher, so it looks better, not because they think no one drives in the city.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To the blithering idiot who suggested that government ought to put tariffs on polluting cars from overseas needs to get a serious smack with a crowbar immediately followed by a history lesson. Government got us into the trouble in first place one, two, people need to decide what works for them. I don't need some self-righteous fat person with glasses telling me what, how, where I need to conduct myself.

      Anyways, as for the Volt - I really hope it will end up being a world car, it must be. This is the MOST important product of GM's 100yr history and the new era in automotive industry. This one car, available worldwide, unchanged for any market, will transform GM's image as a proper car manufacturer that is in-touch with the reality.

      I read that perhaps they'll produce European version in UK, at their Vauxhall factory where there is plenty of spare capacity. Reason being is it would be too expensive to send lithium-ion batteries, at least that's the reason mentioned in autocar.co.uk article.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Electric cars don't change anything unless we take oil out of the equation entirely.

      Just as the Toyota Prius makes up for its emissions savings in thee fact that the factories needed to build its various parts are dirty and polluting - the Chevy volt as well as all electric cars following it will likely be to.

      We need a combination of Nuclear power and Natural energy (solar, wind, etc) to truly revolutionize America. If we manage to do it, China and Russia will follow. If China, Russia , India and America cut their polluting, the CO2 problems will recede ( we also must stop deforestation)

      GM, ford and Chrysler need to all be headed in the same direction and we need a Congress with a spine to jack up prices on imported polluting vehicles from Toyota and Honda and Germany.

      And before anyone says: "well you don't want the government involved in everything...blah blah blah"...then be sure you are ready to take the government's say out of the social issues such as gay marriage, abortion and right to die euthenasia.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL @ Jrejre...

        I've been to the end:

        http://www.shibumi.org/eoti.htm
        • 6 Years Ago
        where in the world are you going with this rant? get over yourself. thank you for coming to an article about an electric vehicle and spewing your political agenda. an agenda that is clearly not well thought out, and mostly rhetoric.

        as far as I can tell, no matter what your political slant is, a car that doesn't use much gas is a good thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        who cares
        • 6 Years Ago
        You want more nuclear power? Where do you plan on storing the waste & the radioactive water (used during cooling) created by these plants??

        Nuclear plants run by electric companies who short-change basic maintenance of their own power grids. Same electric companies that have had numerous safety issues with their nuclear plants?

        Detroit Edison customers are still paying for the blunders of the Fermi II nuclear plant... run so poorly that Edison was forced to shut it down to avoid numerous lawsuits (on a variety of safety issues).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm all for taking the government's say out of gay marriage, abortion and the right to die!
        • 6 Years Ago
        sooo...........What's your point?
        • 6 Years Ago
        nuclear power is by far the cleanest, safest, and greenest reliable source of energy...

        of course he wants more, so does the founder of greenpeace

        • 6 Years Ago
        Flashpoint's post is a paradox: on one hand, it seems to use coherent sentences. On the other, it's full of uninformed, ignorant dreck.

        Solar/nuclear powered car? Are you serious? What fanatasy sci-fi book have you been reading to think that we have the tech to have mini-controllable fission generators in cars? What would you do in an accident, when radioactive material sprays all over the freeway? Solar powered cars? Nevermind the cost of solar cells, the energy yield that's not nearly enough to cover a commute--it'd still require a factory "to build its various parts are dirty and polluting", borrowing your own words.

        Jacking up import tariffs on "polluting" German and Japanese imports. Yeah. Right. Because we all know Ford with its crossover SUVs and trucks is so eco-friendly.

        It's too bad you can't filter stupid from the internet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Flashpoint- your theory works if you are figuring that if it wasn't for the Prius, Volt, etc, that these plants wouldn't exsist. The truth is, Toyota can't make Priuii fast enough to keep up with demand, so if they weren't making that car at these plants they would need them to build more Camarys or some other vehicle.
        As far as electricity goes, the two main forms of power generation in the US are Coal and Nuclear power. Coal plants have taken HUGE steps in becoming cleaner and more efficent.
        I'll aggree that we should be looking to even cleaner/renewable resources, but using that argument to bash on electric/hybrid cars just doesn't hold water.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The "production" Volt is looking uglier every day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Adam, when's "Gear" start?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "VIDEO: Larger of view of production Volt, debut at centennial?"

      What?
      • 6 Years Ago
      While the whole car is more rounded, the back is much more like the concept than I expected.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People seem to forgot that this isn't the magical electric vehicle from the future to safe the environment and defeat big oil. But a transitional vehicle between all oil and all electric. Very simple idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks "kinda" like the back of the old SVX. A nice looking rump in the case of the Subaru so hopefully it does resemble it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you're interesting in chatting with Bob Boniface, Director of Design for the Volt, he's doing a chat on GMnext.com on Tuesday from 3 -4 p.m. EDT. To join the chat go to www.gmnext.com/livechat.aspx and register with your e-mail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm... This is a first... GM is making a production vehicle that looks way better than the concept vehicle. Go GM!
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