Chevy Volt to Share its Electrical Powertrain

Posted by: Lydia Siu onFebruary 9th, 2016


The folks over at GM created something really special in the Chevy Volt. It’s power plant is a 1.5L four-cylinder gas motor with two electric motors and an 18.4-kWh battery. This design got the Chevy Volt onto the 10 Best Engines list for 2016, and was recognized with the Green Car of the Year Award.

It is no wonder that GM’s competitors are interested in their technology. However, what is surprising is word spreading of a potential collaboration between GM and other automakers where the GM power plant could potentially find its ways under its competitions cars. Nothing is official at this point, however, the thought of a shared powertrain is an interesting concept.

General Motors global powertrain chief Dan Nicholson said “We want to be the partner of choice in propulsion system development in this complex and turbulent era we are approaching.” By going this route, partnering automakers could manufacture hybrid cars without the huge expense of powertrain development and GM could essentially translate that cost savings down to the consumers.

The bigger picture here is that a partnership deal like this could bring many more option for green vehicles to the market place in much shorter time and potentially at a lower buy in price.

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