GM could share Volt’s powertrain with other carmakers image

The Chevrolet Volt’s powertrain could be a good alternative for other automakers who want to hybridize their models, said General Motors.

The gasoline-electric setup found on GM’s Chevrolet Volt has been highly appreciated by the automotive industry and customers as well, also receiving some important “green car” accolades. However, the development of such hybrid technology could be very expensive and there are many automakers out there who do not have the financial power to invest in alternative systems. It also could save years off the time needed to bring a hybrid vehicle to market. But the current market trend demands such offerings now and for those companies who do not have hybrid powertrains in their line-up, borrowing such technologies is a viable option. In an interview with Automotive News, General Motors said it was willing to share Volt’s system with rivals. “We want to be the partner of choice in propulsion system development in this complex and turbulent era we are approaching,” GM’s global powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson, said on the sidelines of the opening of GM’s Powertrain Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, Michigan. Such a partnership will also benefit General Motors, as it would enable the Detroit-based maker to save same of its own costs.

Chevrolet has brought a couple of months back a mildly update for the Volt. The model features a 192-cell/18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 111-kW two-motor drive unit. Energy for extended-range operation comes from a 1.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, rated at 101 horsepower. Volt’s GM has an estimated 50-mile all-electric driving range.

Via Automotive News