What a 2011 Chevy Volt Has In Common With a Huge Tahoe Hybrid

Voltec electric drive unit on 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Put them side by side, and they could be vehicles from two different planets.

The new 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car is GM’s green halo car, its foray into the future of electric drive vehicles, and the focus of a huge marketing and publicity effort.

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a big, old-fashioned, body-on-frame full-size sport utility vehicle that happens to have a Two-Mode Hybrid transmission behind its V-8 engine.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Two-Mode DNA

Nonetheless, it turns out the Volt has more than a little Two-Mode Hybrid in its DNA. Chevy will release more details this morning, but we think we’ve pieced together the outlines from discussions with several Volt engineers and executives.

To start with, the Volt uses the same casting to house its electrical components as the Two-Mode vehicles. The electric machines inside are different, but Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah confirmed

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