Yesterday, we had an opportunity to chat with Chevrolet Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah as he rode through the hills of West Virginia during a development drive. On Tuesday, a fleet of eight pre-production (a.k.a. IVER) Volts set out from the company’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan on a three-day, 1,200 mile jaunt through Ohio, Pennsylvannia, Maryland, West Virginia and back. This event is known in General Motors’ engineering process as a “65-Percent Drive” and as it implies it’s one of a series of milestones on the road to production.
The 65% roughly corresponds to the minimum level of completeness of development of all the hardware, and more specifically, the software. At this point, many of the systems are in fact approaching 90-100% complete. Over the next several months, 70, 80, 90 and 100 percent drives will follow on the way to production launch a year from now. Read on to find out what we learned from Farah.
Gallery: Chevrolet Volt 65% drive
Catching up with Chevrolet’s 1,200 mile pre-production Volt fleet drive originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.