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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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misguided nonsense
By Shadowmaster625 on 11/16/2012 9:20:39 AM , Rating: 1
The best we can ever hope for in the near future is a very simplified gasoline generator to generator electricity to drive an efficient electric motor. (ie a series hybrid) There is potential here to reduce remissions dramatically, as well as deliver mileage better than the best european diesel cars. A gasoline generator meant to run at one speed can be much simpler, cheaper, more efficient, and cleaner burning than an actual fullblown engine with cams, valves, variable throttle, expensive and complex control systems, etc. The generator can charge a small battery so that it can spend most of its time off during city driving. It makes so much more sense no matter what angle you approach it from. You cut out 95% of the cost of a battery, and you cut out thousands from the cost of a complex motor. And all you add is a relatively simple generator, and a relativly simple electric motor which can both be brought down in price dramatically in 500,000 unit builds. We're talking less than $500 apiece when produced in those quantities. And of course you'd probably want to throw in regenerative braking, which pretty much pays for itself.

But this damned stupid solyndrafied government and the stupid know-nothings running it have decided that they know best how to manage a market , and so we're all damned to spend billions on massive malinvestments which only hinder progress toward that which a free market could have brought, that which is I believe what I just described in the previous paragraph. So all you pathetic nanny-state worshipping morons, I hope you're happy with what you've allowed.

RE: misguided nonsense
By Dr of crap on 11/16/2012 10:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
So your saying that a EV could be made for LESS than the average car right now ????

AND why doesn't any car maker have this? Seems you have some knowledge no one else has come up with. Care to share it?

RE: misguided nonsense
By Mint on 11/16/2012 4:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
A gasoline generator meant to run at one speed can be much simpler, cheaper, more efficient, and cleaner burning than an actual fullblown engine with cams, valves, variable throttle, expensive and complex control systems, etc.
And what is this magical engine without cams and valves?

Are you talking about a microturbine? Sorry to bust your bubble, but they are substantially LESS efficient than the best internal combustion engines. They are used in airplanes because they are extremely reliable. Atkinson cycle ICEs are better at extracting energy from expanding gases than turbine blades.

Also, do you realize that the Volt is basically a series hybrid? Over a narrow range of highway speeds, the engine can assist, but otherwise it's only used to power the generator.

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