X

Photos: Chevrolet Volt Concept

GM launched a new electric car concept with the Chevrolet Volt at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. The concept uses advanced materials and a unique hybrid system.

CNET Reviews staff

See full bio
concept_SS14_440.jpg
1 of 5 CNET Networks
GM created buzz at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show with its Chevrolet-branded Volt concept car. The Volt is a true design concept in that it explores radical exterior and interior styling, new materials from GE, and an electric power train.
concept_SS15_440.jpg
2 of 5 CNET Networks
Designers wanted to use a high beltline in the Volt, but didn't want to impede views out the side windows of this sports car. GE provided a clear composite material that can be formed in the same shape as the sides of the car to run along the bottoms of the side windows.
concept_SS16_440.jpg
3 of 5 CNET Networks
GE also provided a Lexan canopy and a rear hatch. Unlike glass, the material can be molded to support the taillights. Body panels, such as the hood, are also made from a composite material that's as strong as steel, yet 40 percent of the weight.
concept_SS17_440.jpg
4 of 5 CNET Networks
The Volt's interior design team kept it simple. Instead of putting an LCD in the dashboard, they created a multidisplay out of the instrument cluster by using projection technology.
concept_SS18_440.jpg
5 of 5 CNET Networks
Probably the most unique aspect of the Volt is the power train, using GM's E-flex system. It's an electric vehicle platform storing power in a large lithium-ion battery. When the battery gets low, a small gas engine kicks in to recharge it. GM claims this combination could drive the car for 640 miles, although a lithium-ion battery of this size has yet to be engineered.

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Then and Now: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Then and Now: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

40 Photos
2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

81 Photos
Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

More Galleries

Astronomy Photo Contest Finalists Will Take Your Breath Away

36 Photos
The 40 Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
The Dodge Hornet SUV Will Be a Rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale

More Galleries

The Dodge Hornet SUV Will Be a Rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale

8 Photos
2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe: Just Right

More Galleries

2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe: Just Right

36 Photos