Tom Stephens, GM VP Global Powertrain
I had the opportunity to pose this question to Tom Stephens, who is General Motor’s Group Vice President of Global Powertrain and Global Quality.
Mr. Stephen’s is highly involved and interested in the development of HCCI, and the ideal person to tell us about it’s applicability to the Volt.
Here is the conversation:
GM-Volt: “Is this engine type (HCCI) being considered for the Chevy Volt?”
Mr: Stephens: “HCCI is a technology that is just emerging from the laboratory and won’t be ready for production when the Chevy Volt is introduced. However, when HCCI is ready for production, the Volt would be one of the many applications under consideration. ”
GM-Volt: “Are you aware of which engine that will make the first gen Volt, or is this still under discussion?”
Mr. Stephens: “The engine for the Chevy Volt is still under discussion.”
Overall, my feeling about this exchange was very positive. Coming from a man in his position, there was a very clear sense that the Volt is being produced, and the HCCI engine was even too new technology for it. Obviously, GM does not want to hold up the Volt’s production one iota.
Also it is clear that GM engineers still have more work to do in figuring out exactly what type and configuration of combustion engine will be best for this car. Bring on the mules.
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