Certain parts of our beautiful planet receive some of the most direct and unforgiving sunlight known to human kind. Take, for example, the sun that shines down on South Florida, where this particular writer happens to reside. Understanding the possible effects of sunlight and high temperatures to long-term vehicle durability, GM performs many tests to prevent such sun-imposed side effects as warping and sagging (just to name a few).
So GM cranked the heat up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 Celsius) and let the Chevy Volt bake under the rays. If any materials would show signs of degradation after the test is complete, the beautiful minds at GM will look for better materials and repeat the process. As GM prepares for the November (or earlier?) launch of the Volt, hailed as one of the most important vehicles in company history, the automaker needs to be more than 100% positive there won’t be any last-minute problems.
Check out the short video after the break as GM’s uber-important PHEV undergoes this very important and strenuous solar test.[Source: Chevrolet VoltAge]