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Chevrolet Volt
GM is predicted to sell a total of 50,000 cars with electrification technologies this year

General Motors is looking to take huge strides in the way of electric vehicles (EV) and electric batteries: it wants to produce 500,000 EVs per year, and it wants to use Chevrolet Volt batteries to power homes during blackouts.

According to GM, it wants to sell 500,000 vehicles equipped with its electric technologies (plug-ins, EVs, hybrids) annually by 2017. If GM is able to do this, EVs would make up 5.5 percent of its total annual sales.

This is a pretty big jump considering GM is predicted to sell a total of 50,000 cars with electrification technologies this year.

GM is taking EVs very seriously, and is proving that by focusing on its next generation propulsion technology that is currently powering the Volt. GM is looking into new ways of using extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology.

Speaking of the Volt, GM is looking to use the EV's battery pack in an innovative way: powering homes in the event of an outage.

GM partnered with automation and power technologies company ABB Group as well as Duke Energy to find useful applications for EV batteries after they've been exhausted in vehicles.

The end result was a unit that contains five Volt lithium-ion battery packs that can provide two hours of electricity to three to five U.S. homes during a blackout. According to GM, the unit can provide 25 kilowatt hours of power and 50 kilowatt hours of energy.

"This is an industry first to be able to do secondary automotive batteries in a grid-based application," said Pablo Valencia, GM's senior manager of battery lifecycle management.

GM said the battery could last 10 years on the road and another 10 years as part of the power unit for blackouts.

Duke Energy is looking to install the unit in a North Carolina neighborhood for testing in 2013.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: I'm ready
By freedom4556 on 11/16/2012 3:19:11 AM , Rating: 2
I hate having gas prices to control our economy.
It's not going to matter one whit to the economy until they figure out how to power the 18-wheelers for 12 hours a day and a million miles between rebuilds on something other than diesel.

RE: I'm ready
By FITCamaro on 11/16/2012 7:39:18 AM , Rating: 1

RE: I'm ready
By DanNeely on 11/16/2012 9:02:18 AM , Rating: 3
Big trucks might use a disproportionate share of fuel/vehicle; but they only consume 20% of the US total. While the much larger fraction of TCO fuel makes up in that vehicle class means they'll jump on anything that can boost their fuel economy much faster than typical consumers will; increases in passenger car efficiency have 4x the room to reduce energy consumption/emissions.

RE: I'm ready
By DanNeely on 11/16/2012 9:09:36 AM , Rating: 2
Can't edit so...

Looking a bit more closely at the chart in the paper instead of just the text it looks like I misinterpreted it; the total being compared against includes non-vehicle use. Big trucks are 20% of fuel use in the US, but lighter are only a bit more than twice as large a consumption share at ~45%.

RE: I'm ready
By Spuke on 11/16/2012 12:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
Big trucks are 20% of fuel use in the US, but lighter are only a bit more than twice as large a consumption share at ~45%.
Not knowing what you mean by this.

RE: I'm ready
By acer905 on 11/16/2012 6:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
... Algae derived Bio-diesel/electric hybrid?

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