Chevrolet Volt — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Chevrolet Volt is a compact car (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the American marque General Motor. This model was sold exclusively in the United States and Canada, starting in 2010. It was marketed as Open Ampera in Europe and as Holden Volt in Australia. It succeeded the General Motors EV1, a car which was a sales failure only because it was ahead of its time.

The Volt is based on the GM Delta II platform. It is an extended-range plug-in hybrid vehicle (ER-EV). It basically works as an electric car, only its small combustion engine recharges the battery. Its design prevents direct use of the combustion engine, so its use is auxiliary to provide support. It therefore has no gearbox, using a continuously variable transmission system (what we commonly know as variator or CVT).

The Chevy Volt is powered by a 151 hp (111 kW) electric motor. Regarding its autonomy, this depends on the model, there are versions with greater capacity in their batteries that were released from 2015.

Regarding the back-up engine, the Volt generates electric power with a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. This engine gives 81 hp and it is not 100% necessary to use it, since the car is plug-in, so it can be driven in all-electric mode. However, the system has 3 modes to prevent the user from never using gasoline and end up damaging injectors, pumps and other components of the combustion part of the car.

There are 2 generations of the Volt. The second arrived in 2016. Its competitors are varied, although they do not necessarily use the same hybrid technology. Some of its alternatives were the Honda Insight, the Toyota Prius or the Nissan Leaf among others.

Chevrolet Volt. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Chevy Volt models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Chevrolet Volt models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Chevrolet Volt I – First Generation (2010)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Chevrolet Volt Gen 1.

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • LUU EV 1.4 150 151 CV (2011)

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