The Chevrolet Volt is one of the most fuel efficient models on the market and its powertrain could eventually be used by other automakers.

In an interview with Automotive News, GM Vice President of Global Powertrains said the company is willing to let others use its Voltec powertrain.  As Dan Nicholson explained, "We have a history of being a good partner" and "We want to be the partner of choice in propulsion system development in this complex and turbulent era we are approaching."

Nicholson declined to say whether or not the company has been approached by rival automakers but the decision to license the Voltec powertrain could be a boon for both General Motors and rivals.  Competitors would gain access to a proven powertrain, while GM would be able to help recoup some of the powertrain's development costs.

As a refresher, the Volt has 18.4 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery, an electric motor and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder range extending engine. The engine produces 101 horsepower, while the electric motor develops up to 149 hp and 294 pound-feet of torque.  This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 98 mph.  More importantly, the Volt can travel up to 50 miles on electricity alone and up to 420 miles overall.

Source: Automotive News

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