The Chevrolet Volt is seeing a modest fuel economy bump for the 2016 model year, to a reported 41 mpg. That may not sound like a whole lot, but remember, it has a longer all-electric range, quicker acceleration, and better response, to boot. And this all comes at a lower gross weight than the outgoing model.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the new, second-generation Voltec drivetrain that Mr. Grewe comments on is the two electric motors. It’s the key, he claims, to further expanding upon the “fun to drive” attribute of the first-generation car.
“Spread ratios, you can kind of think of it as they got a motor, and there’s a gear between the motor and the wheels,” he told Autoblog. “And what we did is we set up our two motors so that we have a little bit different gear ratio, so now that flat torque band that everybody loves is actually wider… to give it that exciting drive feel.”
To watch the full two-minute interview with Tim Grewe, check out the video below: