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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whenever i see all the objections to electric vehicles
11/17/2012 11:03:02 PM
and read the same tired arguments against EV's and related green technologies, I'm reminded of the history channel's masterpiece titled "the men who built america", specifically the one about j.p. morgan and edison, the same crap that is said today was said then about the then new technology of electric lights, the same fear mongering, ignorance and idiotic objections. today no one would argue that gas light and kerosene lamps are superior to electric lights but back when the technology was still in it's infancy there where many who launched smear campaigns in order to discredit it and frighten the public against wanting it.
same thing with electric cars and green/alternative fuels, we need to take the first steps, so that the generations that follow us can reap the rewards, just like our predecessors did for us.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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