GM gives unique second life to Volt batteries
Earlier this month, General Motors and ABB showcased a modular unit consisting of five used Chevrolet Volt batteries and capable of providing two hours of electricity needed by 3 to 5 average Canadian homes.
The unit was actually designed and built by engineers at GM Canada’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. It was demonstrated during GM’s Electrification Experience.
"In many cases, when an EV battery has reached the end of its life in an automotive application, only 30% or less of its life has been used,'' explains Pablo Valencia, GM senior manager of battery lifecycle management. ''This leaves a tremendous amount of life that can be applied to other applications like powering a structure before the battery is recycled.''
The automaker is committed to reducing waste throughout its operations, and secondary use provides the opportunity to fully utilize the battery resource.