2016 Chevrolet Volt: The Modern Driveshaft Tunnel
by Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor on January 25, 2017
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt's T-shaped battery pack feels like the EV Age's equivalent of the muscle car's driveshaft tunnel. There's a symmetry to the idea that I like. Still, in comparison, the Volt's pack consumes as much, probably more, of the rear floorboard, nearly rising up to seat level. It's also topped by a portion of the center console with cupholders and seat heater controls, making it impossible to lay any kind of long objects on the floor. At least the hatch is large.
I like the old metal just like anyone who grew up with uncles and other relations who were then-original owners of those types of cars (as well as a father who owned a few, including a Mach 1 in which I may or may not have been conceived. Both parties responsible deny it. I remain suspicious).
But I also like how the electric future looks. You only need to drive the Volt solely on EV power for a while to see how it all makes sense. The instant torque surge is intoxicating. No, a slight electric whine is no substitute for a V8 kicked in anger. But blowing the doors off your neighboring motorists at the light, especially right before that tight freeway on-ramp, is its own satisfaction.
Dan Frio, Vehicle Editor @ 19,408 miles