2014 Chevy Volt Technical Review – Video

3 years ago by Electric CarsTV 14

“Mean Gene gets the Chevrolet Volt on the rack to look at more than it’s propulsion system and learns about the unique construction of balancing low weight with production costs . . .”

This largely positive review approaches the Chevrolet Volt from a technical viewpoint and, we must admit, this is quite possibly the most unique Volt review we’ve ever come across.

The focus on light-weighting in the Volt is highlighted several times in the video and Mean Gene’s expertise shines throughout.

Chevy Volt On The Rack

Chevy Volt On The Rack

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14 responses to "2014 Chevy Volt Technical Review – Video"

  1. alohart says:

    When I see sandwiched steel sheet on the bottom of a car, I am reminded of old Porsches and VW’s that had sandwiched steel sheet floors … that rusted out easily! Water intrudes between the sandwiched layers where it doesn’t dry out and just sits there corroding the thin steel sheets. I hope that Chevy has done something to prevent such corrosion. Even galvanized steel sheet doesn’t last forever under these circumstances. Stainless steel would solve this problem but is probably too expensive for a Chevy.

    1. Rob Lewis says:

      Well, nobody expects it to last “forever”! Stainless is horrifically expensive. I suspect GM has thought of this issue and has a solution to make it last long-enough-if-not-precisely-forever.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    I’d say totally positive, as he in fact mentions at the end. He specifically mentioned the crushed “poor man’s” torsion bar as an elegant stability technique.

    1. Mark H says:

      +1 Bill. The reason this guy spends so much time on the suspension is because it is that much better than other cars in and around its class. I have no comparison to the BMW i3. I assume the i3 is excellent as well. But the Volt suspension is miles better than say the LEAF. Rides better, handles turns better, tire life is better… miles better. One on the most overlooked fact about the Volt. Great review.

  3. ffbj says:

    Pretty cool. Lots of focus on the suspension, so the ev part is sort of tossed off. Mainly he is saying that GM has good engineers. At least the Volt was well engineered.

  4. ffbj says:

    On the rust/corrosion question that also came to my mind. You would want an anti-rust treatment, called paint, but do it yourself. Save some money and do it right.

  5. GeorgeS says:

    Wow.
    I’ve seen a lot of Volt presentations and this one blows my socks off.

    Like I’ve always said:

    The Volt offers more technology per unit price than any of the other plug ins….

    and he didn’t even get into power split

  6. kdawg says:

    I would have liked him to have a Cruze up on the platform next to the Volt and pointed out the differences.

  7. James says:

    At 3:04 in the video, he points out those exposed lines and conduit running nearly the full length of the Volt’s underside alongside the battery. He says, rather than sticking orange tags along the conduit, “just cover it up”.

    The first two years of Volts had plastic covers screwed over those “valleys” under the car. As part of price reduction – they have now been omitted. I discovered those parts are in the catalog and I’m considering ordering the covers and installing them myself or having them installed.

    FYI to Volt owners.

    1. James says:

      Don’t know how much those covers clean up the underside aerodynamics – if it would result in .01 mpg, or whatever – but it seems they would keep mud, dirt and water from mucking up those wells alongside the T-battery pack.

      Interesting how cost-cutting goes on where the eye does not see. 😉

  8. Surya says:

    Very good except he mentions the very best you can ever get from an EV is 100 miles, which is bollocks of course.

    1. Raymondjram says:

      You didn’t read the past posts about a CHevy Spark Ev that reached over 130 miles on one charge! Present EVs (Volt included) have been publically underrated. But Volt owners have passed 50 miles and a few have almost reached 60 miles on a 10.5 kWh battery charge.

      1. Surya says:

        I’m saying that the statement that the guy in the video makes is invalid, as a Tesla can do 300 miles. I’m well aware what EVs are capable of, I own one myself.

  9. Dave says:

    My 2012 Volt has been an excellent car and a real pleasure to drive. One issue bothers me, does the thinning of metal to save weight include the door panels? A bicycle fell against the door and left a 6″ crease in the metal, but no scratch. I have the feeling that any car I’ve ever owned before would have more of a scratch – easily repairable – and less of a dent from this kind of accident.