General Motors engineered a winner in regards to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The 2016 Volt not only won the Green Car of the Year award, but Wards also listed the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 18.4-kWh battery pack Voltec powertrain combo as one of the 10Best engines for 2016.
EPA estimations peg the 2016 Volt at 106 MPGe and 53 miles of pure electric cruising. So, how does GM get more consumers into its technology? Possibly by sharing its engineering secrets.
According to Automotive News, GM may eventually share its second-generation Voltec powertrain with rival automakers. The benefits could be huge for automakers. The automaker sourcing the technology could skip the major investment into its own plug-in hybrid technology, and GM could begin scaling down the price of the technology through larger economies of scale.
However, don’t expect this to occur overnight. Autoblog has reached out for comment on the matter, and GM spokesperson Kevin Kelley stated he was “not aware of anything going on” in regards to negotiations with other automakers.