Concept cars are fantasy vehicles; cars that look nice but aren’t built with the constraints that come with actual production in mind. The Chevy Volt is no different. The production version has lost some of its sportiness but its designers say that they are even more pleased with the end product.
“It doesn’t look like a pony car any more. There were probably a small amount of people expecting the electric Camaro,” said Bob Boniface, director of design for the Volt. Some people are sure to be disappointed that the Volt has lost its initial design, but it was technical necessity, and not aesthetics, that dictated the changes in the car.
The concept version of the Volt was a nightmare in the wind tunnel. Its long hood and big wheels could have cost it as much as twenty miles in range when running on its electric engine. The arch-like body that the production Volt is getting is a much more efficient one. Other aspects of the E-REV’s design have been tweaked and changed to make sure that when the car goes on sale, drivers are getting a car that is worth the money.
Boniface, who designed the concept version and oversaw the production version, says he’s more proud of the less stylish production Volt. “To make the car still good looking after putting on all of these restricting criteria was tough, and I think we delivered on it.”
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer