Behind The Design Of The 2016 Chevrolet Volt – Video


General Motors takes us “behind the design” of the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt:

“From early sketches and full-sized clay models to wind tunnel testing, our team poured their hearts into creating a vehicle that excites and innovates. Go behind the design of the Next Gen Volt now.”

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As many know I was 99% sure I’d be customer #1 for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

But Mitsubishi’s foolish delay into the U.S. market combined with its winter AER problems and the new look of the Volt have put the Volt as my likely new car.

Giving up AWD which makes me nervous but 50 mile AER will cover 99% of my driving, and hopefully range losses in the winter won’t be too bad and I’ll be able to use mostly electric in winter too.

Bravo Volt. I never thought I’d buy a Chevy.


Me too.

Battery production constraints meant no Mitsubishi for the U.S. until recently. I just read an article about it.


In 15 years when we are talking about why Mitsubishi went out of business, their decision to slow-roll the Outlander PHEV (which could have DOMINATED U.S. EV sales) will be prominently featured.

We won’t be talking about the death of Mitsubishi Motors North America in 15 years, we’ll be talking about its death in 5 years or less. Mitsubishi is looking like Suzuki did in 2009- releasing only mediocre products and holding back on the stuff that people really wanted until their brand became so irrelevant that even good products can’t save it. They will release the Outlander PHEV, but it will be like the Kizashi was for Suzuki. Too late. One iteration of the product, and then Mitsubishi will go bankrupt (in the US, at least).

As nice as the 2nd Gen Volt is (and I do think it is nice, make no mistake) it is still a compact and still too small for my family hauler needs. I’m still sticking with the Outlander PHEV (unless another SUV/CUV PHEV comes out).

BTW, what’s this about winter AER problems? I haven’t heard of that.

Me too. I do love the new Volt, it is just too small for a family’s “road trip” car. I would love for Chevy to drop the Voltec system into a crossover. It would probably still get 30+ miles AER, 30+ MPG CS. And it would sell like hotcakes.

It’s a combination of slightly reduced battery range and increased energy usage from heat.

My AER rating each morning in the fall (Bay Area) is 40-44 miles. In the winter, it’s 33-36 miles.

The Volt, which I leased 29 months ago, is my first new GM car. The Volt has made me a GM convert. It’s simply an amazing car.

One of the multiple noteworthy features of the Volt is the robustness of the battery. Because the Volt uses only 65% of the battery’s capacity, and has an active temperature management system, it’s ensured a long life. I’m coming up on 55k miles, over 90% EV, and the battery still performs like new.

What is the Volt’s Cd?

i suspect that the coefficient of drag is not better than that of the G1 Volt, but the objective for the G2 Volt is to achieve a more aggressive, mainstream design. so i assume that GM sought the best Cd that they could get that met the core design objective. i mean, if they wanted to maximize Cd, they would design the Volt to look like the EV-1, but only oddball EV enthusiasts would get excited about such a car.

Yep, that is the trick for a good EV design . . . design something as aerodynamic as you can without straying too far from what people expect cars to look like.

I still think someone should do a design that does that but also has optional body panels for the hardcore dorks that want an even more aerodynamically optimized design. Have optional nose cones, rear wheel covers, flat front wheels, etc.

In a recent FB chat, I believe Andrew Farah said the Cd was “about the same” as Gen1.

Model S is .24

Mercedes CLA is .22 for one version only sold in Europe with aerodynamic wheels ,skinny tires, underbody diffusers and automatically closing grill shutters at speed.

You can get a low Cd without making it a weirdmobile.

Independent testing had the CLA at Cd=0.30

.28; the Leaf is .29

0.28 is the Cd for G1 Volt. is it the same for the G2 Volt?

I’ve found different numbers for the Leaf. In some places it shows .28. In others like the link below has it as .32.

Unfortunately there is no “standard” measurement of Cd. The “Big Three” keep each other in check, but other manufacturer’s Cd numbers can vary wildly.

There is a movement among the Big Three to get an SAE certified standard in place, but I doubt that will happen soon or if at all. (Source: One of the aerodynamicists pushing for the standard.)

One other thing to keep in mind with aerodynamics is that frontal area matters a lot too. Bikes have worse Cd, but a lot less frontal area so air resistance is still low compared to cars.

We really should be talking about Cda


As the Cd drops,it has a greater and greater effect on the CdA. Frontal area means less than the Cd, as the Cd gets lower.

The Model S has (virtually) the same CdA as the G3 Prius.

Let that sink in for a moment.

But think about Tesla Roadster (improved version) with Cd of 0.31 and Model S having 0.24 Cd.

Which one has lower CdA? The Roadster with the new lower Cd of 0.31…

So, FA matters.

not an exciting design at all, it simply looks alright

if they poured their hearts into that then they dont have **** in their hearts LOL

Yes the tin smith forgot something:

I couldn’t agree more. It’s not the basic shape that bugs me but the execution of the details. The car just looks so much cheaper than gen 1.

Volt owners all say the Volt is a high quality product, no problems even after two or three years.

Why hasn’t GM been able to build cars of this quality before now? I would like to know.

I and and millions of others have been burned by poor GM products for decades (although, granted, Ford and Chrysler have been no better), and it is just so hard to pull the trigger for a GM product.

Prior to 2007 I felt the same way. Never owned a gm product and had no intention to. The volt made me look closer at gm and I followed the volt development and became a believer. I bought a Prius in 2005 because I supported the tech that brought down our need for terrorist oil. My next car will be a 7 seater plug in and today I’d be comfortable if that were a gm product. I’m Over Toyota and Honda. They don’t make anything that interests me anymore and American quality has caught up

GM set a record for recalls last year. Personally, I would hold off on the V2 to see how robust / recalled it ends up being in the real world…

With that sort of attitude, you might as well never buy any new car ever, from any manufacturer. They all have recall issues. The only true way to know if any particular car is reliable is to wait about 5 or 6 years of it being on the market.

I disagree. Years to identify serious problems seem unlikely. For example: It was just a matter of months and everyone knew about the computer shutdown problems with Ford’s Focus EV. But yes, the less immediately life threatening issues can take longer to make themselves known.

Hopefully GM’s new management has since learned not to put profit before people, when dealing with their deadly design flaws.

To clarify, how many actual deaths are we talking about?

Is it more than the number of deaths from Toyota’s recall issues? Because Toyota’s reputation for quality seems to be doing just fine.

The majority of GM’s recalls were due to political pressure given that one recall was apparently suppressed by some managers years and years ago.

It’s not representative of their quality to just look at recalls this past year given the political pressure, and as others point out, there were lots of recalls from other auto manufacturers as well. Of course, given the media craze on GM’s recalls, the other ones didn’t get nearly as much attention.

political or otherwise, they decided to be proactive and -that- is the reason for so many recalls. I believe in the Volt but not yet a fan of GM.. Mary (and Lutz before her) definitely have my attention and I am another -never another GM product- consumer, impression indelibly (I believed) tattooed by their non-management, anti-product of the late 70’s and thru the awts..

Those recalls were for a buildup of no recalls during the Bush years. Just clearing the backlog.



How is that different from Toyota and Honda’s denial in recalls recently?

At least they are recalling the cars which is better than NO admitting it.

BTW, everyone should just ignore Anon’s comments on anything related with GM. B/c it is same crappy hate comments that gets repeated every few weeks with nothing new or useful in contribution of the topics here…

If you keep a close watch, quite a number of auto vendors had very large recalls. It’s just that GM sell more cars than most.

GM considers the Volt a “halo car” and overengineers it.

It’s like asking why every Chevy can’t be as good as a C7 Corvette (dollar for dollar).

I doubt there is a car that gets more scrutiny from potential critics than the Volt

I love the wind tunnel – smoke wand clips, but they showed just a short portion of the aft turbulent airflow. That is the part that needs work yet. Maybe they could get Ferrari to lend them their chief Aerodynamics Engineer for GM’s EV Design work?

Did you see how completely smooth the airflow was on the current generation Volt? I think they know what they’re doing. They’re trying to balance aero with looks.

turbulant airflows have lower drag than smooth flows when everything else are equal.

Am I the only one that doesn’t see the video in the article. Some filter I have removed it. Will have to search the net more but my initial searches didn’t find one related to

Shows up in FireFox but not Chrome (with my currently installed extensions).

Should show provided standard Facebook allowances are enabled

Working here with Chrome 🙂

Yes, I noticed it was a facebook video. I do facebook but I don’t allow it any access to anything outside of facebook. I just went to facebook to watch it instead.

or, alternatively, ‘No Facebook allowed, Ever’ users are SOL, heheh.