It seems like a simple idea to us now, but back in 2007, when then General Motors executive Bob Lutz, revealed the Chevrolet Volt concept, a range-extending EV was a disruptive matter within the automotive realm.
The extended-range EV not only used battery power to travel 40 miles before a gasoline engine would kick in, but it did so relatively seamlessly, landing it a 10Best Engines spot from WardsAuto. Now, in the second-generation, 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Wards has returned to name it one of the most disruptive propulsion systems in some time.
WardsAuto named the second-generation Voltec powertrain system to its 10Best list last year, but it has returned to explain why it earned a coveted spot.
“General Motors has taken what already is the most innovative and disruptive propulsion system in the auto industry and made it lighter, stronger and a lot more fun to drive,” said WardsAuto editor Drew Winter.
“The second-gen Volt is considerably more responsive and torquey,” added editor Bob Gritzinger.
The powertrain (propulsion system?) is merely one piece to create a lighter, more agile Chevrolet Volt, and provides a noticeable difference in driving dynamics. It also offers up 40-percent more pure-electric driving at 53 miles, which has been exceeded on occasion.
The generation-two Voltec hasn’t been around very long, but it’s evident General Motors has a winner on its hands, precisely why it’s mulling the idea of selling the system to other automakers in the future.