DETROIT — General Motors is studying where else it could apply the hybrid-electric technology used in the Chevrolet Volt. One place might be the new Chevy Orlando crossover.
Although GM has no plans to use the Volt technology in the Orlando, executives note that the Orlando will be built on an architecture that easily would allow GM to do so.
"I would point out that the Chevrolet Orlando is built on the same basic vehicle architecture and component set as the Chevrolet Volt," said Jon Lauckner, GM's vice president of global program management. "So if it makes sense, it's certainly something we can take a look at."
Last week at the auto show, GM announced that it plans to build the seven-seat Orlando in the United States for 2011.
Troy Clarke, GM's president of North America, said the Delta global compact platform — which underpins the Chevrolet Cruze, Orlando and Volt — is "very adaptable" to sharing the Volt technology.
When asked whether GM is thinking about applying the Volt technology to the Orlando some day, Clarke smiled and said, "We have nothing to announce."
But GM is studying every way it could use all its propulsion systems in the future, said Chevrolet Vice President Ed Peper.
"We've got to look for other places besides the Volt where we can inject this technology that we think is going to be very transformational for Chevy, GM and the industry," Peper told Automotive News. "It's certainly something we're going to look at, absolutely."