In the vicinity of Metro Detroit, in a warehouse, the engineering equivalent of an autopsy happened. With a Chevy Volt. And it wasn’t another GM PR event, either. Instead, it was conducted by engineers for Munro & Associates, who deconstructed the plug-in vehicle over the span of three days, removing nearly 600 parts until the Volt’s T-shaped, 400-pound battery pack was reached. What the team discovered was very intriguing.
Analysts and engineers in attendance for the event realized that GM left quite a bit of unused space on its circuit boards — a sign that GM has prepped the Volt’s design for the future when it can be implemented by even more advanced technology. This setup also allows for rapid improvements, rather than having to build an all-new design from the ground up. As for how soon we’ll see the Volt’s range grows, that’s currently being kept a big secret.