GM Plans to Build 500K EVs Annually by 2017, Use Volt Batteries for Power Outages
November 15, 2012 6:59 PM
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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
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.
The Detroit News
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11/16/2012 2:48:30 PM
The Volt has a 16kWHr battery, of which about 10kWHr is available. Use more than that and you being to cut down on the life of the battery.
Assuming, using a transfer switch you could backfeed your house via the Volt you'd have about 10kWHr of energy available. That could run your fridge and a few lights for about 10 hours assuming you have a fairly modern refrigerator (last 8 or so years) and non-incandescent lights. Not bad actually. Those numbers come from my experience with Hurricane Sandy. Using my Honda inverter generator and Kill-A-Watt, I'd use on average about 1kW per hour. I was running the fridge, some lights, and a few LCD TV's. When the compressor on the fridge isn't running it hardly uses any electricity at all.
RE: Interesting idea...
11/16/2012 7:31:40 PM
A good fridge uses a little over 1kWh per
, not per hour:
Unless you're keeping the door open, of course...
The Volt's battery can dip into most of the full 16kWh in an emergency like a power outage without noticeably affecting battery life. Just don't do it 300 times a year, as normal daily driving does.
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