GM wants to develop ‘Crossvolt’ - a crossover based on the Volt

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2011

General Motors Co. is planning to develop a crossover vehicle that’s based on the Volt. With this new generation crossover model, GM wants to fill a gap in its lineup. It’s rumored that the new car will be an electric vehicle that will be dubbed as the “Crossvolt” – which obviously refers to a crossover version of the Volt. It’s likely that this model will be powered by a 115kW (154 hp) electric motor with the 1.4 L petrol engine that’s featured on the Volt.

But compared to the Volt, this new crossover model will weigh more. This means that GM would have to come up with an engine that has enough power to cope with the extra weight. Last year, GM announced that it was developing the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept.

This model is built on a 108.6 inch (2,760-mm) wheelbase that is 0.6 inch (15 mm) longer than that of the standard Volt. This concept is also 7.1 inch (181 mm) longer.

It is wider by 2.8 inch (73 mm) and is taller by 7.1 inch (182 mm). The MPV’s interior features a center stack and gauge cluster and leather seats that are two-toned.

Similar to other Chevrolet crossovers, the seat position of this concept provides the highest comfort level possible. It also has a spacious cargo area with the second row having 863 liters of space while giving 1764 liters with folded seats.

The MPV5 concept makes use of the Voltec propulsion system also present in the Chevy Volt. It delivers additional capacity from an engine generator to expand the range of driving and get rid of “range anxiety.” The electric drive unit is powered by a T-shaped lithium-ion battery weighing 16-kWh.

The Voltec system’s flexibility lets the Chevy Volt MPV5 concept meet the full-capacity vehicle speed and acceleration needs when the vehicle is being driven with five passengers to a maximum of 51.5 km on pure electric forward motion.

This is twice the distance of what an average city commuter in China travels everyday. Once the battery is used up, a 1.4-liter engine generator prolongs the battery charge and gives an electric driving force of up to 482 km.

The Chevy Volt MPV5 concept exhibits the Voltec propulsion system’s flexibility, which can deliver the required electric power to propel a variety of vehicles, including a compact sedan such as the Volt, and a crossover such as the Volt MPV5 concept, according to GM Global Vehicle Line Executive and Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles Doug Parks.

GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale added that there is a fast growing need for private transportation in China and this is producing challenges with regard to the environment and energy security.

GM is dedicated to discovering as well as taking on solutions like the electrification of the automobile. The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept’s world premiere in Beijing is indicative of GM’s goal to make China a worldwide focus of its ground-breaking technology strategy.

GM pursues its goal of advancing electrification in China by means of research and development. It opened the China Automotive Energy Research Center or CAERC in Beijing. The business venture with Tsinghua University and SAIC is coming up with a wide-ranging energy strategy for China.

Last November, the GM China Science Lab opened and carried out innovative, automotive-related research such as that of battery development. GM introduced the Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) concepts in Shanghai. A SAIC-GM Pavilion centerpiece at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the EN-V exemplifies the vision of General Motors for private urban mobility in 2030. Moreover, GM is supporting Shanghai GM joint venture’s "Drive to Green" strategy that focuses on supporting green manufacturing, developing green products and taking on a green responsibility.

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