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Chevy Volt MPV5 Concept
The Chevy Volt sedan gets a bigger brother

Earlier this week, DailyTech brought you some early information the crossover version of the Volt. Patent drawings of the vehicle were uncovered which gave the general shape of the vehicle. Other than the fact that the vehicle shared its platform with the Volt, not much else was known about the vehicle.

Today, however, General Motors is spilling the beans on the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept. The vehicle looks thoroughly modern and shares a similar design theme up front with the Volt sedan. Out back, the Volt sedan's taillight design is mimicked on the larger Volt MPV5. The Volt MPV5 even carries over the Volt sedan's Apple-esque dashboard fully intact.

"The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It's immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family," said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design.

Whereas the Volt sedan is seriously compromised in interior room due to a large bulkhead running down the centerline of the vehicle – the bulkhead houses the lithium-ion battery pack -- and is only capable of carrying four people, the Volt MPV5 can carry five people. In addition, the 180.5-inch long vehicle has a 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats -- that capacity jumps to 62.3 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.

The Volt MPV5 uses the same Voltec powertrain as the Volt sedan which means that there is a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 16 kWh battery pack. Due to the additional weight and poorer aerodynamics, the Volt MPV5 is only capable of traveling 32 miles using the battery alone (compared to 40 miles for the Volt sedan). The total driving range once the gasoline engine/generator kicks in is rated at 300+ miles according to GM. Top speed is listed at 100 mph.

"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.

Given America's penchant for crossover vehicles, the Volt MPV5 with its increased people-carrying abilities and vastly superior hauling capabilities may make it an even bigger hit than the original Volt.

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RE: Hold the phone here....
By The0ne on 4/23/2010 11:01:51 AM , Rating: 0
Again, so the fans here want this GAS car that does a small percentage of it's mileage on electricity, as a daily driver or family trip vehicle. No wonder we're fcked up in US.

RE: Hold the phone here....
By Steve1981 on 4/23/2010 11:49:53 AM , Rating: 2
The point is that it can in fact cover the daily commute for a fair percentage of Americans, albeit not all of them. Meanwhile, unlike the Leaf, it can be used for long distance trips as well. While it might not be a perfect fit for you, the MPV5 will fit the bill for others.

RE: Hold the phone here....
By Keeir on 4/23/2010 4:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, I am confused.

The Volt or MP5 will likely displace 300+ Gallons of gas a year for average drivers (~12-15,000 miles a year) using a 16 kWh battery. A rate of battery usage that will be hard to meet for pure EVs such as the Leaf, Mini-E, Tesla Roadster, or iMiev. On top of that the design of battery will keep its battery life longer than any of the above?

Yet people like you can't understand this? No wonder we're so fcked up in the US.

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