Chevrolet to use BorgWarner HY-VO chains in hybrid models

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BorgWarner has outlined how its ‘clean and efficient technology solution’ for hybrid vehicles, HY-VO chains, have been adopted by Chevrolet for use in both the Volt plug-in hybrid and Malibu hybrid. Said to offer greater efficiency and lower noise than gear drives, BorgWarner’s HY-VO chains transmit torque from the two-motor electric drive unit to the differential and front axles.

“Drivers expect a quiet ride and appreciate efficient propulsion. Our proven HY-VO chain technology delivers both with the high quality and durability automakers count on,” said Joel Wiegert, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Morse Systems. “This new application of our HY-VO chain technology is another example of BorgWarner’s solutions for electric propulsion systems.”

BorgWarner states that the HY-VO chain’s tunability is enabled by the use of two unique link profiles assembled in a specific pattern to reduce noise. BorgWarner’s HY-VO chains drive a variety of applications, including front-wheel drive transmissions; part-time and all-wheel drive transfer cases; hybrid electric motor applications; and reverse and primary drives for power sports such as snowmobiles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles.

In addition to HY-VO chains, BorgWarner supplies mini direct-acting variable force solenoids and thermostats for these applications.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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