Beijing Preview: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As expected due to the leaked patent drawings, prior to the Beijing Auto Show which will open its doors tomorrow, GM unveiled today the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 electric concept.

As expected, the new car borrows the same design lines and aerodynamics from the Chevy Volt but the car is 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt.

Under the hood, the concept uses the same propulsion system, dubbed Voltec, found on the Chevrolet Volt which includes a 1.4-liter petrol engine as well as an electric motor. A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit.

With this technology, the acts as an electric car for up to 51.5 km but, when the battery is depleted, the petrol engine generator can provide up to 482 km of electric propulsion.

Exterior Design

The new Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept carries some design and aerodynamic cues from the Chevrolet Volt. For instance, the concept features a front fascia with a closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam, making it one of the most aerodynamic crossovers with enhanced fuel efficiency.

Moreover, the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept has rocker claddings, a full-underbody belly pan, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter – all helping improve the concept's aerodynamics and allowing for greater all-electric range.

While the Volt MPV5 concept boasts of an aerodynamic exterior, it is also as beautiful as it is appealing. Evidence of that are its Sonic Blue Metallic exterior paint, dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels.

Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, remarked that the Volt MPV5 concept derives its efficient design from the Chevrolet Volt, thereby adapting the EV into the family vehicle crossover segment.

He noted that its styling has made it unmistakable as a member of the Chevrolet family. The styling of the Volt MPV5 concept was designed by GM North America Crossover Exterior Design along with GM's design studio in Australia.

The Volt MPV5 concept features dimensions larger than the Chevy Volt. For instance, it is 73 mm wider (1,871 mm), 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) and 181 mm longer (4,585 mm). Its wheelbase is also 15 mm longer (2,760 mm).

Press Release

GM Unveils Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Electric Concept at Auto China 2010

Chevrolet has made a major commitment to providing world-class, fuel-efficient vehicles to its customers around the world. In recent months, through GM's Shanghai GM joint venture, Chevrolet has introduced the fuel-efficient Cruze and New Sail in China. It will introduce the Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability in 2011.

In preparation for the Volt's arrival, Chevrolet is leveraging Auto China 2010, which starts today in Beijing, to introduce the Volt MPV5 electric concept. The five-passenger multi-purpose crossover concept demonstrates the potential of the Voltec propulsion system by utilizing the same foundation as the Volt, for gas- and tailpipe emissions-free electric driving.

Maximizing Efficiency and Style

The styling of the Volt MPV5 concept borrows design and aerodynamic cues from the Chevrolet Volt. The front fascia is among the most aerodynamic of any crossover thanks to its closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam, both of which help improve fuel efficiency. A full-underbody belly pan, along with rocker claddings, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter, also help the Volt MPV5 concept cut through the wind with ease. The intense focus on improved aerodynamics enables greater all-electric range.

The exterior of the Volt MPV5 concept isn't solely about efficiency. Its Sonic Blue Metallic paint provides a contemporary appeal, while the dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels build the Volt MPV5 concept's sporty credentials.

"The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It's immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family," said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, whose team worked in conjunction with members of GM's design studio in Australia on the Volt MPV5 concept.

The Volt MPV5 concept's dimensions provide added passenger comfort. While the 2,760-mm wheelbase of the Volt MPV5 concept is a mere 15 mm longer than the wheelbase of the Chevrolet Volt, its body is 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt.

Inside, the Volt MPV5 concept adopts the Volt's center stack and gauge cluster along with its striking two-tone leather seats. Thanks to the Volt MPV5 concept's size, passenger comfort doesn't take a backseat. Typical for Chevrolet crossovers, the Volt MPV5 concept's seating position allows for maximum comfort and flexibility, including improved entry and egress.

When it comes to cargo, the Volt MPV5 concept carries on the crossover tradition thanks to its flip-and-fold second row seating, which provides up to 1,764.1 liters of cargo space with the seats folded and 863.7 liters of space behind the second row.

Voltec Power Boosts Green Credentials

The Volt MPV5 concept utilizes the same Voltec propulsion system found in the Chevrolet Volt, including the added capability of an engine generator to extend the driving range and eliminate "range anxiety." A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit.

The flexibility of the Voltec system enables the Volt MPV5 concept to meet full vehicle speed and acceleration requirements while driving the vehicle and its five occupants up to 51.5 km on pure electric propulsion. This is double what the average urban commuter in China travels each day. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter engine generator sustains the battery charge and provides up to 482 km of electric propulsion.

GM continues to advance electrification in China through research and development. It has launched the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing. The venture with SAIC and Tsinghua University is developing a comprehensive automotive energy strategy for China. The GM China Science Lab, which opened last November, is carrying out advanced automotive-related research, including battery development. In March, GM introduced the EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) concepts in Shanghai. A centerpiece of the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, EN-V embodies GM's vision for personal urban mobility in 2030. In addition, GM is supporting its Shanghai GM joint venture's "Drive to Green" strategy, which is focused on developing green products, supporting green manufacturing and undertaking a green responsibility.

General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM is the joint global automobile partner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai along with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC). More information on the new General Motors can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.gm.com" \t "_blank"www.gm.com.

Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept

Specifications

Model: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept
Body style / driveline: five-door, front-wheel-drive crossover
Description: electric vehicle with extended-range capability

Performance
Top speed (kph): 160 (100 mph)
EV range (city in km): up to 51.5 (32 mi) based on EPA city cycle
actual mileage may vary depending on driving habits/conditions, weather and battery age
Extended range: 482 km (300 mi) on a full tank of gasoline

Battery system

Type: lithium-ion
Energy: 16 kWh

Electric drive unit
Power (kW / hp): 111 / 150
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 273 / 370

Charging times
120 V: over 8 hours (actual charge times may vary)
240 V: about 4 hours (actual charge times may vary)

Brakes

Type: four-wheel disc, fully regenerative to maximize energy capture

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type: 17-inch forged aluminum
Tires: specially developed low rolling-resistance

Dimensions
Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm): 108.7 / 2,760
Length (in / mm): 180.5 / 4,585
Width (in / mm): 73.7/ 1,871
Height (in / mm): 63.5 / 1,612

Interior
Seating capacity (front / rear): 5

Capacities
Cargo volume (cu ft): 62.3 cu-ft with rear seats folded, 30.5 cu-ft behind second row
Fuel tank (gal / L): TBD

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