The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept first revealed itself in Beijing back in 2010, and from the get-go, we were fans of the idea. A Volt with more carrying capacity would probably make for one of the most economical trip to Costco or soccer games ever, utilizing the plug-in hardware of the Chevrolet Volt blended with the body of the Chevrolet Orlando MPV — a vehicle sold in Canada, but not the United States. Interestingly, both the Volt and Orlando utilize GM’s current Delta II platform, and both a Volt and a highly modified Orlando were seen testing alongside each other very recently.
With the spy photos published on Autoblog, the peculiar Orlando features a visible battery with a cooling system and necessary tube work, along with a “High Voltage” label.
Here’s the twist, however: there’s no visible charge port on the vehicle’s exterior, and seeing as the battery is both different from and placed in another location from the the Volt’s setup could mean that this rag-tag Orlando is more of a traditional hybrid car, rather than a plug-in EREV such as the Volt. This comes at a surprise, considering GM executives have gone on record in saying that the company wouldn’t pursue traditional hybrids such as the popular Toyota Prius family, and would rather focus both on BAS mild hybrid vehicles along with EREV and full on EV models.