When it comes to the powertrain of the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera twins, the 1.4L gasoline engine generator isn’t the first, or even second thing that comes to mind. With all of the electric dynamics taking place beneath the hood, the engine isn’t supposed to get the spotlight, but now even it is winning awards.
Just the other day, a panel of 76 journalists from 35 countries came together in Stuttgart, Germany to lay judgment upon 45 separate “green” engines in deciding which was the best. And the range-extending 1.4 liter engine in the Volt/Ampera came out on top.
This recent merit just adds to the tab of accolades, as the Ampera and Volt have won numerous awards such as World Green Car of the Year for 2011 and the European Car of the Year for 2012 as well as the 2011 Car of the Year award from just about every major outlet in the United States. Now it can add International Engine of the Year award to the list.