Second generation Chevrolet Volt might use two-cylinder or rotary engine as range extender |

The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle saw a lot of iterations until its final design and powerplant technology were nailed in place.

Until it was confirmed that it will use a 1.4-liter inline-four cylinder internal combustion engine in order to charge up the batteries in the car’s extended range mode, we were treated to a plethora of rumors.

Now, with the first Volt not even close to rolling off the assembly line, speculations are already flying around about the range extending engine in the next generation Volt, set to arrive in three to four years from now.

According to InsideLine, GM is currently studying a few possibilities for the internal combustion engine. The company might use a smaller, two-cylinder unit or even a rotary engine to provide juice for the battery pack. While the Wankel engine might sound a bit peculiar, do remember that Audi also used such technology on the A1 e-tron concept it showcased in Geneva.

The second goal for the second generation Volt is the use of cheaper batteries, in order to get the cost down as low as possible. More research is needed, according to GM, but it can be achieved.

Seeing as how the first Volt is set to arrive at the end of the year, GM’s engineers are certain to make key decisions in the near future for its follow-up.

Source: InsideLine

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