Innovative Tech Helps The Chevy Volt Save Fuel
Fuel economy is one of the most important considerations among consumers shopping for a compact car. That’s why Chevrolet not only outfitted the Cruze with a fuel-efficient engine, but also included technology that helps make the engine run more efficiently.
The Chevy Cruze features a unique technology called Regulated Voltage Control or RVC. With this system, the power that runs from the alternator to the battery is reduced from 14 volts to 12.8 volts under normal driving conditions. The reduced load on the battery and alternator in turn reduces the alternator’s pull on the engine, which helps improve fuel economy.
“We estimate RVC improves fuel economy on the Cruze by up to 1.5 percent,” said Doug Dickson, an electrical engineering specialist with the GM Global Energy Center. “To a Cruze customer, RVC enables them to get more than eight additional miles of range on every tank of fuel.”
The RVC also ensures that power is optimally shared for vehicle electronics, such as the radio. This further reduces electric demands and helps the Cruze run more efficiently.
“Engineers left no stone unturned when it came to implementing fuel saving technologies on the Cruze,” Dickson said. “Fuel economy is becoming a greater factor in purchasing decisions.”