2016 Chevrolet Volt
There is no doubt that range extended vehicles like Chevrolet Volt can provide allot of electric drive to their owners and when it is needed for a longer journeys it will be able to charge battery pack with its generator and range extended part of the system.
Most of shorter trips are down with electric power only and for longer ones there is a way to recharge batteries while you are driving. One of the problems with this system that it comes with a gasoline powered engine that is taken directly from a standard vehicle and is optimized for that type of vehicles. This means that it is not optimized to run in these conditions, at least not at full efficiency. If those engines were more efficient that would mean lower fuel consumption when recharging batteries.
According to reports it seams that 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be getting a smaller three cylinder engine that will replace currently available. As a result we will be getting lower fuel consumption and lower weight. This again brings higher efficiency and we can expect to see these changes in 2016 Chevrolet Volt which will represent the face lifted version of this car. Also reports say that these changes will be delivered to Cadillac ELR.
There is a good chance that this engine will bring displacement of 1.0 or 1.2 liters and as we mentioned before it will probably have three cylinders. We were able to see many car makers that developed three cylinder units and GM is joining this segment also.
Traditionally the preserve of tiny city cars like the Smart Fortwo, compact three-cylinder engines are now appearing in a much wider range of vehicles. Most publicized recently is Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cyl, providing a more efficient alternative to the standard 1.6-liter unit in the Fiesta. BMW has also teased a 1.5-liter 3-pot, which could see service in MINIs, 1-Series and 3-Series models (depending on the market) and also the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. In Europe, virtually every manufacturer offers at least one car with a three-cylinder powerplant.
One of the problems with three cylinder engines is the fact that they bring slightly more vibrations but most car companies have managed to solve these problems. With lower displacement engine we will be getting lower fuel consumption and lower weight than what we have in Volt at this moment.
It is expected that the weight with this and few other changes will drop for about 15 percent and it is stated that with 10 percent lower weight an vehicle will need about 6.5 percent less fuel. This engine has not been approved yet but we can expect to see it in production for new range extended generation of cars.
Have in mind that the images are of 2013 Chevrolet Volt.