Holden Volt May Get 2.0 Turbo Engine: Report

Tony O'Kane | Jun 19, 2012

Holden's extended-range hybrid, the Volt, has yet to arrive in Australian showrooms, however rumours are already circulating that its Chevy-badged twin may soon receive a turbocharged motor - which could then find its way to Australian-delivered Volts.

The Volt is currently powered by a 1.4 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which directs the bulk of its output into recharging the Volt's on-board batteries.

Unlike the Toyota Prius, the Volt relies on its electric motor for propulsion, so the size of the combustion engine (in effect, a glorified generator) isn't as big a limitation on power output.

However, GM's engineers reportedly want to extract more power from the Volt's petrol-electric powertrain.

A higher-output electric motor is expected to be fitted to the Chevy Volt later in its product cycle, and a 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine may also be squeezed under the bonnet to help keep its battery topped up.

The 2.0 turbo petrol/electric powertrain is also expected to propel the Cadillac ELR coupe, a luxury two-door based on the Converj concept and built around the Volt's Delta II architecture.

With GM's 2.0 turbo engine family currently able to put out a maximum of 200kW, it could provide a substantial performance boost over the Volt's 61kW 1.4 litre atmo four-pot.

Whether shoehorning in a high-output turbo motor into an eco car is a good idea is another matter.

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  • kennyg says,
    3 years ago
    1.4ltr, 2.0ltr, 2ltr turbo, who cares you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still just a pig isnt it Mr Tyus!!
  • Julia\'s Bogus Carbon Tax says,
    3 years ago
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    So the $50KAU price tag makes it unaffordable for the masses which means more govt revenue on dirty fuel. Let's face it the Australian government and industry isn't serious about green energy bexuase they can generate so much tax renunue from dirty energy now! Also no one has even considered the highly toxic dirty manufacturing process for Lithium Ion batteries not least of all their disposal so as not to harm the environment. Nicola Tesla is the answer to free non polluting limitless electricity but we all know this technology has been suppressed to keep control of the masses and also to maximize tax revenue from existing dirty energy. Cars powered on compressed air (perpetual motion cars) and cars powered on sea water (Hydrogen Fuel) cells all with zero emissions and pure h2o and oxygen as by products! We all know what's going on here. Captains of industry and governments are colluding with the elite power brokers and money mongers who control the money supply to exploit the masses so that 99% of the wealth remains with the 1% of the elite population for amassing greater power and control. Unfortunately it's all they know and they were bred into a culture of greed and apathy, lacking empathy and compassion. A fear of losing control and their elite status even if it means destroying the planet and the spirit of its people! Sad but true...!
  • Jeff says,
    3 years ago
    It would be nice if your car powered your home while in the garage. Using natural gas.
  • L98boy says,
    3 years ago
    Electric car.......pointless.....dont ruin the 2ltr turbo's, the only holdens are good for are the V8's. I'd rather pay the price tag on a ford V8 than a electric holden. Keep it in america
  • Peter says,
    2 years ago
    The price of the car needs to drop to the $40-45K mark for the metrics to start to work. Also the range has to double to 200Klm on electric, this will then open up central coast and south coast of nsw buyers. I think the car sales will rocket. car dealers have said that the range is too light, but on a return trip to sydney and an overnight charge , you are now going to have a hard to beat offer.
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