• Dec 15, 2010
Chevrolet Volt MPV5 at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Car and Driver, General Motors may have something special planned for the Detroit Auto Show in January. Word on the web is that The General is planning to pull back the sheets on the next vehicle to use the extended-range hybrid drivetrain from the Chevrolet Volt. The next branch in GM's electrified family tree will be a five-seat crossover, potentially called the Chevrolet Amp. Using the same basic architecture, engine, motor and batteries from the Volt, a production Amp would help GM spread its substantial Voltec development costs over more than one model.

GM has been making noise about a crossover with Volt guts for some time, and thanks to the sleuth work of the detectives at Car and Driver, we know we may be closer than ever to seeing the vehicle become a reality. The company has gone through the pains to register a host of web domain names associated with the Amp moniker, some of which were snapped up as recently as October. Combined with the unveiling of the Volt MPV5 Concept at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, there's a good chance that a battery-operated Crossover will grace Detroit with its presence next month. Wonder how Amp Electric Vehicles will respond? Thanks for the tip, Phrime!



Photos copyright ©2010 Sam Abuelsamid / AOL

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 22 Hours Ago
      Chevy "Electron"

      Chevy "Current"

      Chevy "Ohm" -- already mentioned...

      Chevy "Farad"

      Just getting started... Neil
        • 22 Hours Ago
        The Buick Electra ?
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Coming out next, the Chevy "Resistance" SUV!!! LOL, sorry, couldn't "resist" this. ;)
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Yes, but the Resistance moniker goes so much better with most of their corporate philosophy, and it let's them create a hybrid Hummer vehicle! Even though the brand is dead (Hummer). ;)
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Actually, "resistance" is an unwanted effect in electric motors, producing heat and reducing efficiency, designers try to minimize it. There is a "back EMF" effect that limits current flow in electric motors, but it isn't the same as "resistance" and doesn't produce unwanted heat.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        I think Chevrolet Ohm and Joule have a nice ring to them as well. :)
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Resistance sounds good . . . except when you think about it in electrical terms. But then again, it is resistance than allows the motor to operate.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Hmmm, I was thinking the next logical step would be the

        Chevy Watt?
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Given the shape of the existing battery, how are they going to get a 5 seater? The pictures show no hump at all, did they put the pack in the back or did they go with an entirely new pack and put it underneath? I hope it is the latter because it opens up the platform to just about any layout you can imagine, plus it gives it a super low center of gravity and may give you a bit better seating height to see around traffic.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Paul, you may be right about shortening the pack. I have been looking at the pictures and though the Amp looks a bit higher than a Volt, it doesn't look tall enough for there to be a pack under all of the cabin. Maybe it is under the rear of the cabin?
        Your other comment about how better, more long lived, batteries will change the equation is something I have been wondering about as well. If GM finds that a 14 kWh battery pack will still get you 35 mile AER in 8 years due to the pack management system, maybe the 2012 Volt will be using a cheaper lighter pack, which will reduce the weight, which will increase the city mileage slightly. The battery equivalent of Moore's Law seems to be improvements in cost and weight per kWh of between 6% and 8% per year, so even without improvements in longevity the packs are going to be getting smaller and cheaper anyway.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        I think they shortened the pack slightly. With newer better batteries they wont need to hog up the back seat to get 16kWh on board.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      But It's roomier for our big fat American behinds and it has big powerful flared wheel wells!

      I wouldn't touch GM stock with a ten foot pole.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      What about the existing amp electric car, that a Cincinnati company, where it has converted the Chev Eqinox to all electric.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Reddog1, AmpMobile is awsome, GM could never pull thier heads out of their ass to do what Amp Mobile is doing with the Equinox. GM is the masters of spreading FUD and mass missinformation. They pray off the uninformed masses as they always have. Many times in the past GM and the other Detriot dupes have taken the governments money, our money, and said they would do one thing and done nothing but pocket the money doing tests that never amount to nothing but provide their emps with money. They are disgusting and should be hung for keeping us addicted to oil and providing no alternatives but instead offering nonsolutions that keep us addicted, ethanol, hydrogen,etc... They are pigs that do nothing but propetuate our dependency while pretending to do something. They would rather educate the public to use gas than anything else and educate the uneducated masses about how EV are just not a acceptable way to get around. I try to see GM's side of it but in the end they are pigs doing nothing for this country and everything for themselves while their fuzzy worthless fathead commercials make it look like they are doing something.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Couple of thoughts:

      1. I hate GM
      2. The SUV (CUV? EREVSUV?) looks pretty good
      3. This would be a great use for the powertrain- a SUV that gets good MPG/MPGe
      4. I wonder what the price will be for this vehicle... probably insane
      5. If GM can't reuse the Voltec powertrain then the technology was a bad idea- they need to leverage the R&D they have done to move the technology into different kinds of cars.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      How is this thing more aerodynamic than the original Volt concept? Remember it was rejected because it was a "brick"! Why would the Converj not be green lighted if this is? Same old GM.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Hi Richard,

        I don't know about how good the Cd is, but this sort of detail points in the right direction:

        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/beijing-2010-chevrolet-volt-mpv5-concept/full/#2920241

        That crisp trailing edge and the tapered roof line help a lot. The original Volt was terrible aero -- this one is okay; with the large open wheels being an obvious problem. If the rear wheel track was narrower (like the EV1) then the drag would be better. Hopefully the bottom is as smooth as possible.

        Neil
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Finally something with more room and utility.
      They better keep at least the same or better EV mile range for it.
      Santa could you please add AWD...???

      • 22 Hours Ago
      I can't say that is a great looking vehicle but it may be the wave of the future. It uses the Voltec drivetrain that will be much appreciated at gas prices start going up again. And it is a wagon form factor that provides much of the space/passenger capacity of the USA's beloved SUV but with a much better aerodynamic shape.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      GM should be lynched for convulsing the EV with the Volt concept. They should be hung again for helping to bankrupt the US in the past and the future. Instead we, our government gives them money and tells them to carry on. Your CEO's are all foreign oil swilling pieces of shit GM just like your cars.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @EVsuperhero: I'm a bit surprised at your remark, and I totally agree with Spec.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Yea Matt, I sometime think like Spec. Until I watch who killed the electric car again and realize what GM is doing all over again. They make a partial EV so they can attack it. They dupe the government time and time again for funding and never make a EV but instead make a car so they can attack EV's and other cars that are far more efficient than thiers. They create subtrifuge every opportunity they get for EV's, they suck bad for this country, and all the people that help produce GM's stuck in the past pollution machinse deserv to loose thier jobs in 2008. The country would be better off letting the dinosaur that GM is and was DIE.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        Oh chill out. Every Volt sold is one more vehicle that has helped reduce the price of Li-Ion batteries and other EV components. Thus every Volt sold helps pure EVs.

        Don't let the perfect (in your mind) be the enemy of the good.
        • 22 Hours Ago
        And yet truckloads of Volts are dropping cars off at GM dealers as we speak. Koons Tysons in Virginia is getting 18 and they are all spoken for. If I offer $7000 over MSRP I can get a fully loaded car, in a couple months. At least Chevy is building cars and delivering them to a good amount of demand. Who else is selling BEV's or EREV's? I really thought Nissan was going to deliver, but it is looking increasingly like they are going to stumble along for the next couple months. Fisker and Tesla are boutique builders and Mitsu's product is unfortunately toy-like. For 2011 it is just GM and Nissan.
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