• Sep 16, 2008
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General Motors' goal for the exterior of the 2011 Chevy Volt is to create as much pizazz as possible with superior aerodynamics to ensure the least amount of parasitic loss for the electric drivetrain. The interior, however, is all about how the driver interacts with the vehicle. And with the Volt, GM designers attempted to pull off a Buck Rodgers meets Apple iPod theme.

A quick glance at the futuristic Volt interior shows a very unique approach to integrating design and technology. The first thing we noticed was that GM decided to use two seven-inch LCD screens, with one working as the main driver instrument panel (no gauge cluster here) and the other for everything from navigation to tracking battery charges. Both screens are user configurable, and two different configurations can be saved for two different drivers.

Follow the jump for more including a video demonstration of the Chevy Volt's interior by one of its designers.






The center stack draws a lot of attention for its shape, unique touch interface and bright white surfacing. Volt buyers will be able to choose from several colors for the center stack, however, including white, metallic black, and even green. The gear shifter fits right into the center stack and pulls out to put the Volt into reverse, neutral or drive. The Volt is also keyless, and the driver needs only the key fob in his pocket to start the electric motor.

The Volt interior was designed with a similar dual cockpit theme that is already available on the Chevy Traverse and Malibu, and the design looks very clean and simple in person. Seating surfaces are high quality leather, and while we weren't able to sit in them, they at least look comfortable. Dash materials are less impressive, though, as the range of plastics are all a little stiffer than we'd like. Considering how much technology and effort were put into the LCD screens and center stack, though, we can understand costs need to be cut somewhere in order to keep the MSRP from jumping into the stratosphere.

Although we weren't able to see a demonstration of the back seat, GM promised that the seats would fold. And as you can see in our galleries below, the seats are separated by a center console that covers up the Volt's T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack.

Overall the Volt interior appears to be stuffed with technology and neat touches that will make you feel more at home with your electric vehicle. Click on the video above to view the demonstration we were given of the Volt interior by GM Interior Designer Tim Greig.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it have air conditioning? They mention heated seats. How long does it last going highway speeds with the air on when it is 100 outside? The gas engine only comes on to run a generator when the battery runs out. I too do not like the idea of the touch controls for everything. People have a hard enough time concentrating while they drive and now they want them to have to look over at the center console to find the correct square they need to touch? Bad bad bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate the wheels. They're not appropriate for an 'economy' car. Look at the Civic Hybrid's wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really digging the design motif on the door panels. It suits the vehicle well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @TJ: different skins. ha ha ha

        good one
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, but will you like it in three years? Or will there be different skins available?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the video, the guy said "fresh" too much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really like what they have done, although the touch sensitive controls may be a bit too gimmicky for my liking. Maybe a hybrid of flush finish and some sort of click button (think clickwheel) would have worked better.

      I also like the Commodore/G8 steering wheel they put in there.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Holden_VE_Commodore_SS_V-Series_interior_01.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you tried using your iphone while driving??? Its near impossible!
        • 6 Years Ago
        they work great on the iphone though
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like the dad from the tv show ALF.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jeez! Am I the only person in the world that wants to see new cars in PROFILE??!! Every time, there's a hundred photos of a new car from every conceivable angle but the one which I see of cars every day: PROFILE.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What do unions have to do with the interior of the Volt? Take it some where else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully the design doesn't become dated by the time the car comes out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this car is str8 sex
        • 6 Years Ago
        looks like it was designed by Microsoft. The interior reminds me of an Xbox 360 for some reason.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the center console looks very "ipodish"
      • 6 Years Ago
      The interior looks great and it should because remember this car is going to cost ove $30,000. Some estimates have it going for closer to $35,000, maybe more and according to GM they are not going to make any money on them.

      I wish they would have put this much effort into a car that they can make money on because in case anyone has missed it, they need cash. Yes this is a PR move but is the Volt enough to turn GM around? Not without good cars around the it.
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