1.4L Ecotec Generator Engine In Chevrolet Volt Reported To Be Replaced By 201416
A source within GM has released the information that the 83hp, 1.4 liter engine found within the Chevy Volt is to be replaced by the 2014 model year, which is set to start in the summer of 2013.
The engine is currently used as more of a generator for extended electric range, rather than an anemic, naturally-aspirated sidekick powerplant. It’s been thought that the 1.4L was never the engine of choice for the Volt, but rather a solution based on the platform used for the Volt; GM’s Delta II platform.
As far as replacements go, we’re disappointed to hear that neither the 6.6L Duramax diesel V8, nor the 7.0L LS7 V8 will be available. However, the 2.0L turbo engine that will be found in the Cadillac ATS may make its way under the hood of our economical friend, according to Inside EVs, but we wouldn’t hold our breath on that one. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be disappointing having all that torque available.
Aside from the Volt, the Cadillac ELR — which will be built on the same Delta platform — may see a 2.0L turbo in order to keep a sporty appeal, for those who choose to opt for a more sporty, luxurious plug-in fuel-sipper.
Although the 1.4L gas engine is on its way out the door, there are no concrete plans to remove the electric propulsion system currently found in the Volt.
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It is Buick Verano and Chevy Cruze, you got them the wrong way round!
But the “your mom” part was fine? haha
“the Buick Cruze, Chevy Verano, Chevy Volt, and your mom.”
aaww no 7.0L LS7 V8 ? that’s it I will never ever buy a GM again it’s over !!!!!
Interesting…Large Block V8 Range Extender?
The Best Kind! 😉
The 1.4L is like a girlie engine !!!
this one time i got drunk and found a key board too…
It will use a graviton emitter for propulsion. Powered by an artificial quantum singularity.
I think you mean Dilithium Crystals the Romulan used quantum singularity and they are evil! lol
Romulans are not evil that’s just Federation paranoia and propaganda. Years ago when I studied on Romulus I found its people to be quite friendly it reminds me a lot of Nebraska. Their arts and science can rival anything humanity has to offer.
Wait… I’m confused. I thought the gas engine was only used to generate electric current for the electric motor when needed and didn’t actually provide any propulsion.
Tongue-in-Cheek of much of the rest of the article aside (the LS7 V8? Really? *Rolls Eyes* This is a front-drive platform. Obviously, they’re bringing back the LS4 for the Volt), why would you need a 2.0 Turbo for that application? Wouldn’t any tiny little gasoline motor be good enough?
Under certain conditions the gas engine is locked up to the electric motor generator directly into the transmission. This is more efficient than using the gas engine to generate electricity to drive the other electric motor. Logic dictates this set up.
yes it is only logical
Good post from T from the corresponding GM-VOLT.com thread.
“I think people are missing the use of this engine in a volt configuration. Theoretically, yes, this engine can produce 270hp, but it is not peak hp that will be used in a Volt configuration. Here, the engine will operate around peak torque levels and that occurs at a very low (260ft-lbs @1500rpm) compared to the 4000rpm required to produce the 93 ft-lbs in the current, naturally aspirated 1.4l volt engine (I understand the volt engine operates in a range of RPMS). At those RPMs (1500rpm and 4000rpm, respectively) and for virtually equivalent power (260*1500 vs 93*4000), I believe that the 2.0l turbo will be 15% more fuel efficient than the NA engine (I calculated the peak airflow for each engine at those rpms and then calculated the hypothetical fuel use based on the air/fuel ratio). Needless to say, I presume everyone here would be happy with a CS mode fuel efficiency of EPA 42.5mpg (EPA 37 mpg *1.15= 42.5mpg @ 1500rpm). [I am being very conservative with calculations too].”
Put a diesel engine under the hood and get mileage better by 40%. So maybe the 1.3 diesel used in Europe in the Opel Corsa? Yeah but it`s not gonna hapen, co maybe there`s a chance for the Opel Ampera.
There are some reasons we do not have diesels all over the place in the USA. It has been talked about a lot in various articles. USA has much higher emission standards than other parts of the world so here to have the added cost of hardware/design of the chemical factory to clean it up before it goes out the tailpipe. I’m also not sure the NVH is still as good as the ICEs. Noise/Vib/Harsh. were *significant* factors on the Volt. Lot of articles on that.