2016 Chevrolet Volt To Get Three-Cylinder Range Extender: Report

2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

2013 Chevrolet Volt – Driven, December 2012

Range-extended electric cars are a great idea, mixing clean electric running for the majority of drivers’ commutes, with an extra few hundred miles of gasoline running for those longer trips.

As we alluded to last week though, the engine isn’t always perfectly optimized for its task, often a standard car unit designed for standard car requirements.

That could change with the next Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR, which Edmunds reports may get a smaller, three-cylinder engine in place of the current car’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder.

It’s part of a plan to reduce both the fuel consumption and weight of GM vehicles by 2016, and the new engine would see service in a facelifted Volt, due in 2015.

Sources suggest the new

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