Exclusive Video: Want to Know EXACTLY How the Chevy Volt Powertrain Works?

· · 7 years ago

Thought you had enough of the Chevrolet Volt powertrain? The debate about whether or not the Volt is an electric car, an extended range electric car, or a plug-in hybrid vehicle still seems to be taking up an inordinate amount of tech-related blogosphere energy these days, even though general fatigue seems to have set in on the topic.

Although PluginCars.com published an interview with the Volt Chief Engineer, Andrew Farah, last week that essentially put the issue to rest, there was still enough vagary that the following series of three videos should completely satisfy any remaining questions you may have.

In an extremely detailed walkthrough—including a slick animation—Pamela Fletcher, Chief Chevrolet Engineer for Global Voltec and Plug-in Hybrid Systems, elucidates the entire drive system, including the inner workings of the Volt's oft-misunderstood drive unit. If you like these videos, then you should also check out our walkthrough of the Volt's battery from the same series of presentations.

Part 1 of an extensive walkthrough highlighting how the Chevy Volt powertrain works, presented by Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet Chief Engineer for Global Voltec and Plug-in Hybrid systems.

Part 2 of an extensive walkthrough highlighting how the Chevy Volt powertrain works, presented by Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet Chief Engineer for Global Voltec and Plug-in Hybrid systems.

Part 3 of an extensive walkthrough highlighting how the Chevy Volt powertrain works, presented by Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet Chief Engineer for Global Voltec and Plug-in Hybrid systems.

Seriously, after all that what is there left to say? You should now be fully armed to have an educated discussion about what kind of vehicle the Volt is... but in the end only us car geeks care what label it gets. I think we should call it an extended range half double hybrid half plug-in (with a twist of lemon) and leave it at that. ERHDHHPI... Now doesn't that just roll off the tongue?

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