It’s a debate that has existed since the the original Chevrolet Volt entered the scene years ago: what exactly is it? Some call it their trusty electric car, while others take a more technical approach and say it’s a partial hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV.
Thankfully, someone else has taken the time to explain what’s going on inside the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain to help curious minds understand.
Truthfully, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid in every way. The second-generation Voltec powertrain combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to give the car its green credentials. Altogether, there’s 149 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque on tap.
The main difference between the first- and second-generation Volt lies in the second planetary gear set on the 2016 Volt. The first-generation Volt only used one. The second gear set opens up a whole new world for drive modes, and allows the car to behave much differently.
Before we try and put on our engineering hats and regurgitate information, we’ll let the gentleman above take it from here.