GM powering its data centers with used Chevy Volt batteries
Despite having an optimistic view of its second-generation of Volt, General Motors is not so hopeful for the future of its existing model of Chevrolet Volt Electric cars. Previously we found out that the company is planning to cut-off its production, now again Chevy Volt is making the news, but in terms of the usage of its lithium-ion batteries.
This will basically be used in order to provide power to the General Motors Enterprise Data Center at the Milford Proving Ground. On Tuesday, this week, the automobile manufacturer reported that “five batteries from the first-generation Volt are working in parallel with a 74-kilowatt solar array and two 2-kilowatt wind turbines to provide energy to the GM’s data center building.”
Not only this but, the batteries also have the capacity to provide back-up power for the data center for approximately four hours during any power outage, according to General Motors news. this will allow Enterprise Data Center a net-zero energy use annually, while sending back excess power to the grid that is being used in Milford Proving Ground.
Pablo Valencia, GM’s senior manager said regarding latest General motors updates: “Even after the battery has reached the end of its useful life in a Chevrolet Volt, up to 80 percent of its storage capacity remains. This secondary use application extends its life, while delivering waste reduction and economic benefits on an industrial scale.”
Earlier this year, the company also decided to stop producing the green rides for around six weeks. The production cut is expected to starts this summer. The sales numbers were low for the car, plus that it wants to divert the existing resources to the newer Chevrolet Volt version. The new version is going to hit the streets of California By September 2015. Throughout the month of March, 1,874 units of Volt have been moved, which is almost half the drop as compared to last year. The dissuading fact here is that although Chevrolet had cut down its price by $5,000, it still experienced 19% decline in sales.
In the North-American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled the new Chevrolet Volt to the public. The vehicle is going to get its power from a 1.5L 4-cylinder range extender along with an electric motor and it has a Lithium-ion 18.4 KWh battery. To recharge the battery, car owners will have to spare 13 hours for it to charge while it will be using a 120 Volts outlet. If they are running out of time, a 240 Volt outlet will charge the battery in just 4 hours.