Many thanks to Inside EVs for bringing the image above to our attention. This photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s display was shared by the automaker last Wednesday, February 18th, in celebration of “National Battery Day.” And sure, we know what you might say: “It’s only a schematic. Why should a diagram designed to communicate power flow have to be accurate in terms of scale and physical layout?”
Well the thing is, if you look past the physical layout for a moment, the other elements in the display look as though they’ve been designed with an eye for realism. The ICE, motor, and battery icons all have some intricacy about them, and really, why are the precise shape of the front splitter and rear bumper necessary to convey in a power flow diagram?
That is, of course, a rhetorical question; they aren’t. It simply seems unusual that Chevrolet would choose to show some elements in the display with an eye for exactitude, while placing the electric motor so far back, and simplifying the shape of the battery. The display should be more forthcoming about being a schematic only, lest owners actually start to believe that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has an electric motor mounted somewhere beneath the front seat occupants’ buttocks.
Or maybe we’re just picking nits.