GM, through its Chevrolet brand, has busily been hyping up its upcoming Volt electric car to the American market. Overseas, the Volt concept in China is getting an interesting new twist as GM announced recently a concept electric crossover with extended range capability that while being showcased in the Chinese market, could hopefully see light of day here someday.
The Volt MPV5 concept, as it is being called, makes use of the some electric propulsion system which will be on board the Volt. The vehicle is larger, however, with its body being 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt. It will be able 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.” When the battery falters, a 1.4-liter engine generator sustains the battery charge and provides up to 482 km of electric propulsion.
“The Volt MPV5 concept demonstrates the flexibility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles. from a compact sedan like the Volt to a crossover like the Volt MPV5 concept,” said Doug Parks, Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at GM, in a statement.
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