7 July 2011
By Rick DeMeis, EE Times, EE Life, Automotive DesignLine Blog
Almost as exciting as following the Red Sox' fortunes in the post season this past weekend was the media coverage of a visit to Boston by the Chevrolet Volt electric/gasoline-powered concept car—which even included having the vehicle at Fenway Park.
During the first presentation of the weekend, for the New England Motor Press Association in the cold and drizzle outside Faneuil Hall, I had the chance to chat with some of the engineers responsible for Volt development. Alex Cattelan, second-in-command engineer on the program was quick to correct me in referring to the car not as a hybrid but a "range extended electric vehicle" that builds upon previous GM electric car experience, as with the EV1. An onboard gasoline (1.3L, 70 hp, turbocharged 3-cylinder) or E85 engine recharges the battery—but does not directly drive the car—so it can operate in its performance "sweet spot." She added that her program targets are to have the car available for purchase in 2010.