TORONTO—General Motors’ Voltec Propulsion System, which powers the Volt, was declared the Best New Technology of 2012 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
“The Voltec propulsion system is the heart of the Chevrolet Volt, which combines pure electric drive and an efficient range-extending engine to create the only electric vehicle on the market today that does not require a customer to make compromises on when and where they can travel,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at GM of Canada.
This year’s winner was chosen from ten entries judged by a panel of AJAC members and edged out Mazda’s Skyactiv G gasoline technology to win the award.
“This was the strongest field of entries in the 16-year history of the award,” said Gerry Malloy, AJAC’s technology award chairman. “The Voltec system is a worthy winner, for it is truly a pioneering technology that is certain to be adopted by other vehicles in the future.”
The AJAC Best New Technology award, presented by Shell Canada, was established to recognize new and innovative technologies that provide real value to the consumer.
Past winners have ranged from run-flat tires through various hybrid, suspension and safety technologies.