• Jun 25, 2009
Chevrolet Volt Integration prototype - Click above for high-res image gallery

The technicians and engineers at General Motors' Pre-Production operations center at the Warren, MI Tech Center have been hard at work for the last several weeks finishing up the first of about 75 integration prototypes of the Chevy Volt. They worked so hard, in fact, that the first car was completed a week ahead of schedule. These are the first actual running prototypes and include pretty much all of the production-intent hardware in a production body shell. As is typical of these integration prototypes, items like the light clusters aren't quite done yet. The intended bulbs are included in a flat black plastic cluster with the proper arrangement but the covers and internal sculpting are missing.

Chief engineer Andrew Farah took IVER #1 (that's Integration Vehicle Engineering Release #1) out for a brief drive after it was completed and checked out and, according to the video after the jump, everything worked smoothly. While the car looks pretty much like the Volt that was unveiled last September, if you look carefully you will notice one difference. From the original concept to the styling buck we have seen for the last nine months, the charge port was always hidden under the trim piece just ahead of the driver's side mirror. There is now a flap looking much like a gas cover just below that on the fender. The charge port sits behind that flap. According to Volt spokesman David Darovitz, this is the production intent configuration. Dave, we're ready for our test drive anytime, you have our number. Check out the video with Andrew Farah after the jump.



[Source: General Motors]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 61 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      For all who are talking about this car.............. the projected price is $40K++. This is from GM websites in the know.

      Yes there will be a tax credit.

      So, use the projected price, to help you determine whether or not you think this is a good direction for GM to go. Remember that even the government (green is king) questioned the Volt, as it will lose money at the above pricepoint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't believe that there's actually a real Volt driving around. GM couldn't have possibly made anything that isn't a gas-guzzling SUV!!! The Volt is still vaporware!!!!!!!!

      [/sarcasm]

      :-D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Until it goes into full production without a multi-billion dollar DOE budget. It is vaporware.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one doubt GMs ability to make fuel efficient cars, everyone doubts GM ability to make fuel efficient cars..................sell them at a profit and have them available when consumer would want MPG car the most.

        As you can see Toyota is making a killing when SUVs are hot, and grabbing market %%% when gas is expensive. But that's what happens when management has brain cells.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank goodness for not seeing that same silver colored one. That thing was ugly. It looks good in black.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am surprised that GM waited till now to reveal the electrical port. I prefer the original idea of having the plug by the mirror. This will make the owner forced to explain why the "gas cap" is not on the wrong end of the car. If they made a square-ish access panel it might not look so odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you like Fish Sticks?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see GM still committed to getting this product out by their targeted date. Looks awesome in black, btw.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yes. The black one has an amazing amount of road presence in those pictures. It looks stunning.
        I'm glad to see that GM is still committed to making this happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another example of this message board hitting a new low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it just another hybrid. I don't get what the big deal is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read up, young skywalker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I sum up:

        The Prius is an electrically assisted gasoline powered car. So is the Insight, the Fusion, pretty much all the current "hybrids".

        The Volt is an electric car with a small(ish) range, designed to accommodate the average commuter, and a gas engine to allow it to keep going once the battery runs low. Combined MPG could be well over 100 mpg depending on how the EPA does the rating.

        Also, I think it's fair to say that it has a purpose-built Lithium-ion battery pack, designed specifically for cars, as opposed to the Frankenbattery in the Tesla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fail. Check Wikipedia to find out why!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Facepalm
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you bvz and ufgrat.

        i see your points, and still don't really get how this would be better than tesla's upcoming sedan but i appreciate your input to help me understand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where have you been? This isn't a hybrid like the Prius or the Insight. This is an electric vehicle first with a gasoline back-up generator that never directly powers the wheels. The vehicle is expected to get 40 miles on a single charge and since most people don't travel more than 40 miles in a single workday, you could technically never use a drop of gas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design is "safe" but like many have mentioned the deal breaker/maker will be determined by its price tag

      ...like almost any car whether you like the design or not is mostly personal preference unless the car is completely flawed (ie aztec & G3!WTF lol)
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks good... I would actually like those headlights on a black one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the hell would you put a charge port on the driver's side and not on the left side, which is the side facing the curb?!

      Seems like a glaring error for on-street charging, when and if it becomes available.

      (If they have one port on each side they are forgiven.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are no basements in California???????
        You gotta be kidding me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I park on the right side of my garage. So I'd have to run the cord around the car to get to the right side.

        If I bought this car, I'd have to wrap some black vinyl tape around that retarded chrome high belt line under the windows, or get it painted to match the body color. That is the stupidest thing I've ever seen and completely ruins the car's lines.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shore-power connections should always be readily apparent from the operator's entry point... so for the Volt, on the driver's side since someone will always be getting in at that door and should hopefully see the connector. I would hope that the car's software would be aware that the charge connector is plugged in and wouldn't let you pull away, but one never knows.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know... I NEVER thought of that. May they are assuming drivers will pull into a garage and the left side would face the bulk of the house and powersource. But other than that... who knows. There is only one chargin port on the Volt models right now, but who knows what will be added to the absolute final for next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's awesome. Looks badass too. Do want.
    • Load More Comments