Camouflage Engineers Aid 2016 Chevrolet Volt Development
  • Camouflage Engineers Aid 2016 Chevrolet Volt Development
  • Chevrolet Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah (pictured) and his team have been driving camouflaged 2016 Volts to validate ride, handling and powertrain performance. “If not for the work done by the camouflage engineers, we couldn’t test these pre-production vehicles in their natural environments,” he said. “It’s critical for us to make sure we’re listening to customer wants for the next generation Volt, and the only way to do that is to be out in the wild, while keeping the design under wraps.” (Photo by Chris Guddeck)

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The next generation Volt will debut at the 2015 NAIAS
  • The next generation Volt will debut at the 2015 NAIAS
  • Chevrolet announced today that the next generation Volt will make its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System Components
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System Components
  • The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will feature an all-new Voltec propulsion system, that is made up of the battery, drive unit, range extending engine and electronic controls.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Electric Motor
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Electric Motor
  • The GM-designed electric motors used in the second-generation Chevrolet Volt deliver more than 20 improvement in electric acceleration. GM engineers designed the motors to use less rare earth materials. One motor doesn’t use any rare-earth type magnets.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Drive Unit
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Drive Unit
  • The all-new Voltec drive unit used in the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is 100 lbs. lighter and up to 12 percent more efficient than the previous system.
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2016 Chevrolet Volt battery
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt battery
  • The second-generation Chevrolet Volt uses an all-new battery system that maintains its signature t-shape configuration but uses nearly 100 fewer cells. The battery system will provide improved range while weighing 30 lbs. less than the previous battery system.
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2016 Chevy Volt Voltec Drive Unit and Range Extender
  • 2016 Chevy Volt Voltec Drive Unit and Range Extender
  • The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will use an all-new Voltec drive unit and 1.5L 4-cylinder engine for extended range operation. The system was designed to be more efficient while providing increased acceleration.
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Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old regular.

The Volt's chief engineer, Andrew Farah, told AutoblogGreen that the change was due to today's Volt owners explaining they were not happy paying for top-shelf petroleum. "The ability to use regular unleaded was based directly on customer feedback," he said. "Since the range extender is an all-new engine, it was optimized to use regular unleaded at the outset. Using regular fuel will not have effect on vehicle acceleration or other performance factors."

As Larry Nitz, GM's executive director of vehicle electrification, told AutoblogGreen yesterday, the new engine is more powerful and quieter than the outgoing 1.4-liter engine that's used in the current Volt. Fuel economy and EV range specs for the next-gen Volt are not expected until the full car is revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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