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SAE Vehicle Electrification 2010-11-04
- Magazine Issue
Published November 04, 2010 by SAE International in United States
- Why Volt?
After 48 months' development, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt has enetered series production. The pioneering "E-REV" is as important to the mobility industry as it is to GM.
- Creating the heart of Volt
GM's battery requirements meant creating new state-of-the-art in-vehicle engery storage - and doing it in less than four years. Top GM and supplier engineers reveal how they did it.
- Engineering with maniacal focus
A dedicated, cohesive team and a conservative engineering approach put this innovative vehicle into production at moon-shot speed.
- A unique electrified transaxle
Hybrid or not? Definitions aside, what really matters is GM wisely leveraged its next-generation Two Mode propulsion technology to give Volt greater overall efficiency.
- Sweating the body details
Extensive wind-tunnel work gave Volt a shape that's slicker than it looks. But engineers aren't happy with the curb weight.
- Achassis that Cruzes
To speed development and minimize cost, Volt shares key underpinnings with its high-volume cousin.
- A new role for the ICE
Volt's modified Family Zero inline four is along for the ride- until it's needed.
- Charging and connectivity
GM engineers designed in maximum flexibility for keeping the Volt juiced up and connected- to the grid and to the Internet.
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