The first generation Chevrolet Volt hasn’t even hit the streets yet and GM is ramping up for gen II. Obviously most cars are built with parts that come from the highest bidder, everyone does it, and lets face it the GM boys are no different. It seems now that the brass over at Chevy are considering going with a different “range extending” gas engine for the next generation Volt. Right now (but not really now… but almost), you will be able to purchase the 2011 Chevrolet Volt with it’s 1.4-liter 71 hp “range extending” engine. This engine kicks in once your 40 miles of electric charge become depleted. The immediate issue with the little 1.4-liter is that it’s just too big and that a smaller rotary type engine may in fact be a better fit. Karl Stracke, GM’s vice president of global engineering explained that a rotary engine, even though not as fuel efficient, has small round packaging that may be a plus for the Volts design.
Since the 2011 Chevrolet Volt isn’t even on the streets yet I guess we’ll just have to wait. I’m just curious though as to why GM would announce this news now, before the first gen model is even on the streets. I mean who is going to want to purchase a model with old technology? It just doesn’t make sense to me.