petrol / electric
The Chevrolet Volt concept was revealed at the 2007 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Chevrolet Volt is a hybrid concept powered by both
electric and petrol powerplants.
The front wheels of the Volt concept are turned by a 161
horsepower electric motor with electricity supplied by
a lithium-ion storage pack mounted in down the center
of the car. To charge the battery pack a 71 horsepower,
1.0 litre, 3 cylinder engine sits under the hood. Or the
concept can be plugged into the mains. A full charge,
which takes around six hours, will give the Volt roughly
40 miles of travel, after this the engine will fire up
to top up the battery pack and further extend the range.
The Chevy Volt was the first concept
to use GM's E-Flex hybrid platform
The styling elements of the Chevrolet Volt concept is
similar to that of the Chevrolet
Camaro concept from 2006. Short front and rear overhangs
and pronounced wheel arches give the Volt concept a compact
yet sporty appearance.
With a seriously low roofline, the Volt concept has an
extremely short windscreen and side windows, in order
to improve the sense of space inside Chevrolet's designers
have integrated a unique glass shoulderline running through
both doors and an expansive glass roof.
Although the Chevrolet Volt is just a concept for the
moment, and there are some complex engineering issues
with the battery packs, it is not just a wild idea with
no chance of production. GM is currently looking at the
viability of producing a lithium-ion powered vehicle and
bringing it to the market place.
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