The 26-page document outlines some of the most interesting facets of the Chevrolet Volt, including components such as batteries, power electronics, the charging system, airbags, high strength steel areas, powertrain, and the vehicle’s overall method of propulsion.
After reading through the information, we found this to be intriguing:
The contactors within the high voltage battery are commanded open whenever one or more airbags deploy. This interrupts the 360 volt electrical system and discontinues current flow through the high voltage cables.
And the following areas are marked as “do not cut”:
- Center tunnel area or the area under the rear seats. The 360 volt battery is installed in this area.
- Roof rails near the lift gate hinge. Side curtain air bag inflators and lift gate hold open struts are located in this area
- Front seat back on the outboard area, contains side air bags.
- B pillar near the rocker, contains the seat belt retractor pretensioner. Note: The outboard area of the front seat lower frame houses an additional seat belt pretentioner.