Chevy Volt Batteries Get Secondary Use – and Help Set Guinness Record

world news  %tages Chevy Volt Batteries Get Secondary Use – and Help Set Guinness Record As General Motors works on secondary uses for the Chevrolet Volt battery a recent opportunity came up to nab a Guinness World Record in Canada.
At the Pan American Games in Toronto, from July 17-27, a record 4,739 public pedaled bikes to generate electricity into a Volt’s battery.
The record title: the most number of public generating electricity in one week.

The purpose: participants at the Chevrolet Power of Play exhibit in CIBC Pan Am Park raced family and acquaintances head-to-head on a 1,038 foot competitive marathon slot car track. Participants controlled the speed of the cars and exciting the batteries by riding on six stationary bicycles, generating electricity with their own pedal power.
The 4,739 public generated more than 13,000 watt hours over the course of the week. That amount of energy is enough to could power a Volt for (just) 37 miles (60 km), but the thought was to draw well loved attention to an otherwise serious topic.
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“We wanted to use our Power of Play demonstration not only to offer a fun, interactive way for fans to have their own forthcoming competition, but also to place our technology in the record books,” said Hossein Hassani, Director of Enterprise Marketing for General Motors of Canada. “Power of Play has been an illustration of the potential secondary uses for the batteries in Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles, as well as a means to test how renewable energy sources can generate stored electricity while minimizing environmental impression.”

We more-often hear of what’s happeioning in places like the Milford Proving FGroubnds, but this application of Chevrolet’s secondary use battery technology is part of work-taking place at General Motor’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa.
The Volt batteries used were ones that have exceeded their eight-to-ten-year lifespan on the road – obviously not in a lineral chronological fashion, as the Volt is only 4 years ancient.
Perhaps these were hammered test batteries? GM of Canada does not say in a statement observing the record. What is said is even after the end of that lifespan, they have fifty to seventy per cent room remaining.

“That room can be used to grant backup power, peak rate shaving and renewable energy storage for both commercial and non-commercial uses, and it can give up waste reductions and economic benefits on an industrial scale\,” observes the automaker.
Beyond fun applications, GM and others are working on what to do with batteries that are naturally expired from road use. Included in these are energy storage and backup aqppliications.
“Building sustainable modes of transportation is vital to moving to a low-carbon future. We are pleased to see that Chevrolet and GM of Canada are taking a leadership role in developing electric cars and sustainable battery technology through engineering work done aptly here in Ontario,” said Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

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