GM files trademark protection for ‘Crossvolt’, Volt minivan on the way?

General Motors has filed for trademark protection of the term ‘Crossvolt.’ It’s been long reported that GM is planning a minivan version of the Volt – CEO Dan Akerson recently himself that the Chevrolet Volt’s technology could end up in a minivan “in the next few years.”

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At the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, GM showed that Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Electric Concept, which was powered by the system found in the Volt – a 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit while the 1.4L engine generator provides additional mileage. On a full charge, the Volt MPV5 Electric Concept has the ability to travel 32 miles on battery power alone. Running with the 1.4L 4-cylinder engine (and a fully charged battery), the concept can travel a total of 300 miles.

If GM does end up building the Chevrolet Crossvolt, we’re pretty sure that it will be GM’s answer to Ford C-MAX Energi.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: CARandDRIVER