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The rumored extended range electric crossover we saw revealed in General Motors' design patent drawings is now a reality. The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept will make its debut tomorrow at the Beijing Motor Show, and just as we suspected from seeing Volt design chief Bob Boniface's name on the patent, this five-passenger crossover rides on the same Voltec architecture as the Volt.

The new Chevrolet concept integrates design elements from the Volt, including the headlight, taillamps and grille, with a five-door hatch body style very similar to the larger Orlando and a length about four inches longer than the current HHR.

Propulsion comes from the same 150 horsepower engine and 16 kilowatt-hour battery used in the Volt. However, its larger frontal area and increased drag mean that this one only has a 32-mile electric range as opposed to the Volt's 40 miles. The Crossover has full seating for five and 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats. The dashboard appears to be lifted directly from the Volt, including the dual LCD displays. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see this as the second Voltec product in the GM North American lineup. If built, this would likely be classed as a light truck and do wonders for GM's CAFE numbers on that side of the business.

[Source: General Motors]


GM Unveils Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Electric Concept at Auto China 2010
Crossover with Extended Range Capability Builds on Volt's Foundation

Beijing – Chevrolet has made a major commitment to providing world-class, fuel-efficient vehicles to its customers around the world. In recent months, through GM's Shanghai GM joint venture, Chevrolet has introduced the fuel-efficient Cruze and New Sail in China. It will introduce the Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability in 2011.

In preparation for the Volt's arrival, Chevrolet is leveraging Auto China 2010, which starts today in Beijing, to introduce the Volt MPV5 electric concept. The five-passenger multi-purpose crossover concept demonstrates the potential of the Voltec propulsion system by utilizing the same foundation as the Volt, for gas- and tailpipe emissions-free electric driving.

Maximizing Efficiency and Style

The styling of the Volt MPV5 concept borrows design and aerodynamic cues from the Chevrolet Volt. The front fascia is among the most aerodynamic of any crossover thanks to its closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam, both of which help improve fuel efficiency. A full-underbody belly pan, along with rocker claddings, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter, also help the Volt MPV5 concept cut through the wind with ease. The intense focus on improved aerodynamics enables greater all-electric range.

The exterior of the Volt MPV5 concept isn't solely about efficiency. Its Sonic Blue Metallic paint provides a contemporary appeal, while the dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels build the Volt MPV5 concept's sporty credentials.

"The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It's immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family," said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, whose team worked in conjunction with members of GM's design studio in Australia on the Volt MPV5 concept.

The Volt MPV5 concept's dimensions provide added passenger comfort. While the 2,760-mm wheelbase of the Volt MPV5 concept is a mere 15 mm longer than the wheelbase of the Chevrolet Volt, its body is 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt.

Inside, the Volt MPV5 concept adopts the Volt's center stack and gauge cluster along with its striking two-tone leather seats. Thanks to the Volt MPV5 concept's size, passenger comfort doesn't take a backseat. Typical for Chevrolet crossovers, the Volt MPV5 concept's seating position allows for maximum comfort and flexibility, including improved entry and egress.

When it comes to cargo, the Volt MPV5 concept carries on the crossover tradition thanks to its flip-and-fold second row seating, which provides up to 1,764.1 liters of cargo space with the seats folded and 863.7 liters of space behind the second row.

Voltec Power Boosts Green Credentials

The Volt MPV5 concept utilizes the same Voltec propulsion system found in the Chevrolet Volt, including the added capability of an engine generator to extend the driving range and eliminate "range anxiety." A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit.

The flexibility of the Voltec system enables the Volt MPV5 concept to meet full vehicle speed and acceleration requirements while driving the vehicle and its five occupants up to 51.5 km on pure electric propulsion. This is double what the average urban commuter in China travels each day. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter engine generator sustains the battery charge and provides up to 482 km of electric propulsion.

"The Volt MPV5 concept demonstrates the flexibility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles. from a compact sedan like the Volt to a crossover like the Volt MPV5 concept," said Doug Parks, Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at GM.

"Rapidly growing demand for personal transportation across China is creating new environmental and energy security challenges," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. "GM is committed to finding and adopting solutions, which include the electrification of the automobile. The world premiere of the Volt MPV5 concept in Beijing demonstrates GM's desire to make China a global focus of its advanced technology strategy."

GM continues to advance electrification in China through research and development. It has launched the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing. The venture with SAIC and Tsinghua University is developing a comprehensive automotive energy strategy for China. The GM China Science Lab, which opened last November, is carrying out advanced automotive-related research, including battery development. In March, GM introduced the EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) concepts in Shanghai. A centerpiece of the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, EN-V embodies GM's vision for personal urban mobility in 2030. In addition, GM is supporting its Shanghai GM joint venture's "Drive to Green" strategy, which is focused on developing green products, supporting green manufacturing and undertaking a green responsibility.

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Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept


Model: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept
Body style / driveline: five-door, front-wheel-drive crossover
Description: electric vehicle with extended-range capability

Top speed (kph): 160 (100 mph)
EV range (city in km): up to 51.5 (32 mi) based on EPA city cycle
actual mileage may vary depending on driving habits/conditions, weather and battery age
Extended range: 482 km (300 mi) on a full tank of gasoline

Battery system

Type: lithium-ion
Energy: 16 kWh

Electric drive unit
Power (kW / hp): 111 / 150
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 273 / 370

Charging times
120 V: over 8 hours (actual charge times may vary)
240 V: about 4 hours (actual charge times may vary)


Type: four-wheel disc, fully regenerative to maximize energy capture


Wheel size and type: 17-inch forged aluminum
Tires: specially developed low rolling-resistance


Wheelbase (in / mm): 108.7 / 2,760
Length (in / mm): 180.5 / 4,585
Width (in / mm): 73.7/ 1,871
Height (in / mm): 63.5 / 1,612

Seating capacity (front / rear): 5

Cargo volume (cu ft): 62.3 cu-ft with rear seats folded, 30.5 cu-ft behind second row
Fuel tank (gal / L): TBD

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really think this is a good move for GM. The Volt may have looked relatively slick, but the interior is just too small for the majority of consumers. I think Nissan did their homework on the LEAF by positioning it in the 5-seat midsized segment. With this crossover at 63" tall, the marginally larger exterior size (vs. the LEAF's @ 61" tall) should help compensae for the fairly inefficient driveline packaging and bring this vehicle into a reasonable size for most families.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it. It reminds me of the Orlando in it's shape. Assuming it's priced competitively, it should do nicely. If, after tax breaks, it's still @ the $33k-ish mark and it's got enough premium features, it could be a compelling package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm getting tired of this new Volt look before it's even come out!
      • 5 Years Ago

      Did bankruptcy teach you anything GM?
        • 5 Years Ago

        You're an idiot. I know, I know, it's not news to you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they need an option to restore the 40 mile range. A larger battery option essentially.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But it might not be that simple.

        Look at it this way - modern cars don't have an option of a larger gas tank. If they did it would be more than just popping in a new tank. It would also require changing up lots more components to even fit that tank.

        For only an 8 mi increase, I just don't see the point.
        Not sure why that would be such a big hang-up. :shrug:
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then don't buy the option. If your commute is between 30 and 40 miles a day, you would find the extra all-electric range useful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? It's got a backup ICE generator if you need to drive more than 32 miles. And that figure is still within the range that most Americans drive in one day. I think the engineering changes that they would need to do (more weight, reduced passenger area, etc) isn't really worth 8 miles.

        If it was an EV only, with no backup engine, then I would agree with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could sell well. Maybe better than the regular volt because of the three seat rear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is only 2 rows of seats, with a major hump in the middle of the 2nd row. The T shaped battery prevents a 3rd row.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I kinda like it, but wonder why the range would be lower (i.e. - why use the same pack?). With the larger size and platform packaging, they should be able to pack more battery in that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "grocery getter"

        I thought that is what carts were for.
        I like the over all styling and the idea of expanding the Volt's drive-train to a wider array of vehicles. Smart move by GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm guessing, that since this is going to be litterally a different body on the same platform, it wouldn't make sense to reengineer this. Plus, this is even more of a grocery getter then a sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing just screams TRON!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      but I need 4WD to take the family skiing - does this have 4WD?!!

      WANT! My wife will love it!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno dude, looks to me like the battery is well forward of the rear wheels:

        All I want to know is, where are the motors in this car? Attached to the front wheels?
        • 5 Years Ago
        it doesn't need a driveshaft... But where the rear motor would go (between the rear wheels), you still have battery. You would need to move the rear axel back a foot or so to fit another motor (although this would not add to passenger volume, as you can't move the battery back without infringing on your newly created space for the electric motor).
        • 5 Years Ago
        lne937s, why would an electric vehicle need a driveshaft running from front to back?
        Couldn't they just put in a seperate electric motor at the back?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just wondering if this thing has one motor at each wheel, or if there is only one at each front wheel (or each rear)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting... I guess we have a General Motors engineer on this message board.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These things should not classify as trucks. CAFE should be replaced by higher fuel taxes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Higher fuel taxes will be replaced by even higher mileage taxes. The gov't is already crying that their tax coffers are going too low thanks to the higher CAFE regs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good move GM
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