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HEV Loaned to ND for Student Analysis

Deb Gillean • DATE: May 21, 2012

Local dealer Gates Chevy World recently loaned a 2012 Chevy Volt to Dr. Peter Bauer's Electrical and Hybrid Vehicles course.  In the last lecture of the semester, the class had opportunity to examine GM's Volt as an example of a high end hybrid electric vehicle.

While the students had the chance to experiment with a series hybrid powertrain in the lab, seeing and understanding the design choices of a finished product such as the Volt is very important. Most students were impressed by the design, the high tech cockpit and by the quiet performance of the vehicle. The series hybrid was demonstrated in test drives, allowing students to observe operation in multiple power modes illustrating the concepts studied throughout the semester.