The Chevy Volt is becoming a hot spot for discussion as we get closer to it’s release as the first mas produced US electric car. Some have even gone to the extent of calling it just a $42,000 “golf cart”. It’s not simple coming up with an efficient electrical vehicle that can perform just like a counterpart with a combustion engine.
The Chevrolet volt will be driven by a PM synchronous brushless motor, the same that many hybrids use. When the batteries get low it will still be a combustion engine charging the batteries. The engine you see here is a diesel engine, that charges the system when the volt goes beyond it’s 40 mile range.