Chevy Volt's Lithium-Ion Batteries Road- Tested By Month's End

  • Published on April 10th, 2008 by
 

 

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[social_buttons] GM’s plug-in hybrid electric car, the Chevy Volt, will have its lithium-ion batteries road-tested by end of the month. Engineers have already been testing the Volt’s electrical hybrid system, the so-called E-Flex architecture, but only with nickel-metal hydride hybrid batteries in place. The newer, more advanced lithium-ion batteries are seen as the key to to the vehicle, since they store energy more efficiently than other batteries of the same size.

Last week, GM engineers worked to replace the nickel-metal hydride batteries with lithium-ion batteries in three different test-vehicle “mules”. These trial vehicles have allowed engineers to fine tune and improve components of the vehicle system, before putting it all together into something that more closely resembles the final Volt production model. GM hopes to complete road-testing for the Volt by November 2010.





For the last 6 months they’ve been driving their well-guarded secret around underneath the skin of a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu.

GM’s vision is to create a vehicle that can drive on pure electricity for 40 miles before an onboard gasoline generator kicks in to recharge the battery pack. After that, according to GM-Volt.com, the car will get about 50 mpg, which could iron out to a total equivalent of 150 MPG. The Volt will have a range of about 400 miles per tank, down from the original 640 mile estimate due to a smaller, lighter fuel tank going into the production model.

Since most of us don’t drive more than 40 miles per day, the Volt could usher in a new era of plug-in hybrids that save a lot of gas and significantly increase fuel economy. GM is betting on the Volt to help them meet the new CAFE standards, which require an average fleet fuel economy of 35 MPG.

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Source: Freep.com (April 4, 08): Volt battery to get test-drives, Lithium-ion power to get trial run

Photo Credit: GM-Volt.com





About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.

  • thomas C Gray

    This article falsely implies that GM’s li ion batery packs haven’t yet been tested. That is completely false – they have been running in the lab under thousands of different driving scenarios and environmental conditions. The testing in the car is not so much a test of the batteries as it is a test of the system as a whole. It would be an extremely inefficient method for testing batteries, since so many things are not under their control. In fact, the battery testing is being conducted by an automated system in the lab and will continue nonstop for the next two years until the Volt goes to the showrooms in order to estimate battery pack lifespan and thus get a determination of warranty costs.

  • thomas C Gray

    This article falsely implies that GM’s li ion batery packs haven’t yet been tested. That is completely false – they have been running in the lab under thousands of different driving scenarios and environmental conditions. The testing in the car is not so much a test of the batteries as it is a test of the system as a whole. It would be an extremely inefficient method for testing batteries, since so many things are not under their control. In fact, the battery testing is being conducted by an automated system in the lab and will continue nonstop for the next two years until the Volt goes to the showrooms in order to estimate battery pack lifespan and thus get a determination of warranty costs.

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  • Okay so the EV1 in 1990’s could get 160miles to an electric charge but ten years later the best we can do is 40 miles:S

  • Okay so the EV1 in 1990’s could get 160miles to an electric charge but ten years later the best we can do is 40 miles:S

  • James Brooks

    General Motors is still in “bed” with the oil companies with the new Chevy Volt……..or they

    are still incapapble of really thinking completely out of the box.

    NO WHERE is there any mention of using Natural Gas

    as a Bi-fuel along with gasoline to power the one liter motor in the volt.

    If they put that option in the volt (CNG)……..

    I could put natural gas and electricity into the

    volt in my garage………..AND NEVER HAVE TO

    STOP BY THE CONVIENCE STORE EXCEPT FOR A CANDY

    BAR AND A COKE……unless I am on vacation with

    the car.

    As a matter of fact the one liter engine (since

    it runs at pretty much a constant speed) would

    be better off if it were an advanced designed

    stirling engine.

    And…….Natural Gas can be made synthetically

    from water and CO2 and solar/wind/geothermal

    energy utilizing the long know Sabatier process.

    And there you have it our ultimate solution to

    Energy Independence……..Chevy Volt/Natural Gas/

    Sabatier Process/solar/wind/geothermal…….and

    my garage. No Gas Station unless I am on vacation

    or traveling away on business.

    Is that so hard?

    Thanks,

    Get the conversation about this concept started

    around the country and ask GM the hard question.

    When will this thing (Volt) be available with

    a Natural Gas Stirling Engine instead of the

    gasoline powered internal combustion engine.

    Jim Brooks

  • James Brooks

    General Motors is still in “bed” with the oil companies with the new Chevy Volt……..or they

    are still incapapble of really thinking completely out of the box.

    NO WHERE is there any mention of using Natural Gas

    as a Bi-fuel along with gasoline to power the one liter motor in the volt.

    If they put that option in the volt (CNG)……..

    I could put natural gas and electricity into the

    volt in my garage………..AND NEVER HAVE TO

    STOP BY THE CONVIENCE STORE EXCEPT FOR A CANDY

    BAR AND A COKE……unless I am on vacation with

    the car.

    As a matter of fact the one liter engine (since

    it runs at pretty much a constant speed) would

    be better off if it were an advanced designed

    stirling engine.

    And…….Natural Gas can be made synthetically

    from water and CO2 and solar/wind/geothermal

    energy utilizing the long know Sabatier process.

    And there you have it our ultimate solution to

    Energy Independence……..Chevy Volt/Natural Gas/

    Sabatier Process/solar/wind/geothermal…….and

    my garage. No Gas Station unless I am on vacation

    or traveling away on business.

    Is that so hard?

    Thanks,

    Get the conversation about this concept started

    around the country and ask GM the hard question.

    When will this thing (Volt) be available with

    a Natural Gas Stirling Engine instead of the

    gasoline powered internal combustion engine.

    Jim Brooks

  • Ed Mcclelland

    GM just wants to sell SUVs. This Volt is just eye candy. And who knows, it might not be up to snuff. One thing is for sure, it will not be the only game in town.

  • Ed Mcclelland

    GM just wants to sell SUVs. This Volt is just eye candy. And who knows, it might not be up to snuff. One thing is for sure, it will not be the only game in town.

  • megan

    GM should’ve been thinking ahead like Toyota and other foreign car manufacturers. At $40,000, the Volt should get a heck of a lot further on a tank of gas than 400 miles. I don’t think being in bed with the oil companies is going to pay off for them, especially when they’ve had to rush production of this vehicle and haven’t had enough time to properly test everything. I for sure won’t be buying one.

  • megan

    GM should’ve been thinking ahead like Toyota and other foreign car manufacturers. At $40,000, the Volt should get a heck of a lot further on a tank of gas than 400 miles. I don’t think being in bed with the oil companies is going to pay off for them, especially when they’ve had to rush production of this vehicle and haven’t had enough time to properly test everything. I for sure won’t be buying one.

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  • we need to start buying made in the US cars….Everyone

  • Mark

    Why not use continous gravitational magnetic power.No batteries,no fuel.

  • Mark

    Why not use continous gravitational magnetic power.No batteries,no fuel.

  • DADDIO

    They need to refine the concept–maybe cost and technology relating to lithium-ion batteries will have to evolve. The car needs the following capability.

    100 mile + range

    Small turbo diesel or direct injected gasoline engine for 70 MPG

    say 1.2 to 1.4 liters and 150 horsepower.

    Weight under 2500 lbs

    cost bogey not too far off of $20,000

    None of this should be earth shattering –the only breakthrough required is related to Lithium-ion battery cost to produce.

    control of charge rates, discharge depth and cooling of the Battery pack will be tricky but should be within the reach of competent engineers.

    Where do I sign up ??

    Regards,

    William Rothamel

  • DADDIO

    They need to refine the concept–maybe cost and technology relating to lithium-ion batteries will have to evolve. The car needs the following capability.

    100 mile + range

    Small turbo diesel or direct injected gasoline engine for 70 MPG

    say 1.2 to 1.4 liters and 150 horsepower.

    Weight under 2500 lbs

    cost bogey not too far off of $20,000

    None of this should be earth shattering –the only breakthrough required is related to Lithium-ion battery cost to produce.

    control of charge rates, discharge depth and cooling of the Battery pack will be tricky but should be within the reach of competent engineers.

    Where do I sign up ??

    Regards,

    William Rothamel

  • Mike

    How much h.p. will be required to run the generator for recharging the Volt’s batteries? Are we talking less than 100 h.p.? Also, what is the voltage and amperage output of the generator? Mark, what is continuous gravitational magnetic power? If it is what I think it is, I’ve been working on a similar concept for over 30 years. Think I may have it close to a prototype soon. At least, I will be able to test the concept. If that works as well as I think it will, I’ll be looking at building a working model that could replace the internal combustion engine in the Volt.

  • Mike

    How much h.p. will be required to run the generator for recharging the Volt’s batteries? Are we talking less than 100 h.p.? Also, what is the voltage and amperage output of the generator? Mark, what is continuous gravitational magnetic power? If it is what I think it is, I’ve been working on a similar concept for over 30 years. Think I may have it close to a prototype soon. At least, I will be able to test the concept. If that works as well as I think it will, I’ll be looking at building a working model that could replace the internal combustion engine in the Volt.

  • lenny

    fusion

  • lenny

    fusion

  • Uncle B

    Post (GRD) great republican depression, the remaining working population of America will drive Buick LeSabres and Cavalier-like cars made in China. These cars are a current-day reality on the streets of China, and await export to the U.S. on the docks of Shanghai as we speak! The elitist uber-rich shareholders of GM had GM America teach GM China how to build these cars using 85 cent and hour, Chinese peasant women, the supply of which is unending and self-regenerating in China. The Uber rich chose these women over the North American car builders for quite apparent economic reasons! The current “bail-out bullshit” is a smoke-screen devised by the Uber-rich bastards, to foist liablility for the large number of unemployed they intend to create, from the private sector, over to the public sector to relieve themselves of any undue expenses, before they collapse expensive North American operations in favor of highly profitable Chinese and Asian operations. Remember, they now own both, are dumping the American white elephant, and the workers, liabilities and all, for more profitable Asian production centers, so that they can be truly competitive with Honda, Hyundai and the like! It is a good, sound business strategy for the uber-rich shareholders, and by selling American stock and buying Asian stock, they slide away to new fields of immense profits, liability free as they collapse American corporations, and Yankee doodle gets it up the brown spot, hard, once again, and is left, smarting and holding the bag! Any truly innovative and advanced ideas will be incorporated into the new Chinese built, highly profitable for shareholders, cars. The “Volt” is a 1969 chevelle body, complete with sheet metal and hydraulic support, engine removed, battery pack added, nightmare of 1930’s greasepit engineering – no servo’s, no drive by wire, no plastics, no carbon fiber, no magnesium parts, no aluminum, no advanced polymer composites – Hell, even Hyundai is trying to make better lighter bodies from recycled soda bottles, and Henry Ford did a number with Soy-plastics way back when! There is no way in Hell, that a major corporation in the country that put a man on the moon can be so backwards, unless they have other motivations.

  • Uncle B

    Post (GRD) great republican depression, the remaining working population of America will drive Buick LeSabres and Cavalier-like cars made in China. These cars are a current-day reality on the streets of China, and await export to the U.S. on the docks of Shanghai as we speak! The elitist uber-rich shareholders of GM had GM America teach GM China how to build these cars using 85 cent and hour, Chinese peasant women, the supply of which is unending and self-regenerating in China. The Uber rich chose these women over the North American car builders for quite apparent economic reasons! The current “bail-out bullshit” is a smoke-screen devised by the Uber-rich bastards, to foist liablility for the large number of unemployed they intend to create, from the private sector, over to the public sector to relieve themselves of any undue expenses, before they collapse expensive North American operations in favor of highly profitable Chinese and Asian operations. Remember, they now own both, are dumping the American white elephant, and the workers, liabilities and all, for more profitable Asian production centers, so that they can be truly competitive with Honda, Hyundai and the like! It is a good, sound business strategy for the uber-rich shareholders, and by selling American stock and buying Asian stock, they slide away to new fields of immense profits, liability free as they collapse American corporations, and Yankee doodle gets it up the brown spot, hard, once again, and is left, smarting and holding the bag! Any truly innovative and advanced ideas will be incorporated into the new Chinese built, highly profitable for shareholders, cars. The “Volt” is a 1969 chevelle body, complete with sheet metal and hydraulic support, engine removed, battery pack added, nightmare of 1930’s greasepit engineering – no servo’s, no drive by wire, no plastics, no carbon fiber, no magnesium parts, no aluminum, no advanced polymer composites – Hell, even Hyundai is trying to make better lighter bodies from recycled soda bottles, and Henry Ford did a number with Soy-plastics way back when! There is no way in Hell, that a major corporation in the country that put a man on the moon can be so backwards, unless they have other motivations.

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  • Scott

    Chevy Volt? Maybe Chevy Boat. What good is a car that will only go 40 miles and costs 25 to 30 grand? No wonder they are going down the toilet with those kinds of ideas. Will they ever learn? I doubt it. And to top it off, they have a glass roof that should make it the most expensive sweat box on record. No wonder Japan owns the world when it comes to car production. It think it’s time for the ?Big Three? (now Two), should go down the toilet and let some new ideas and people have a shot. Between the unions and overpaid management, the US auto makers are dead. Someone just needs to throw them in the hole and put up the head stone. Do I sound bitter? Hell yes. I know we can do better. I know that a lot of “Japan” cars are built in the good old USA and are keeping the quality that Japan is noted for. How, no unions, fair treatment of the employees and management that cares about what comes off the assembly line.

  • Scott

    Chevy Volt? Maybe Chevy Boat. What good is a car that will only go 40 miles and costs 25 to 30 grand? No wonder they are going down the toilet with those kinds of ideas. Will they ever learn? I doubt it. And to top it off, they have a glass roof that should make it the most expensive sweat box on record. No wonder Japan owns the world when it comes to car production. It think it’s time for the ?Big Three? (now Two), should go down the toilet and let some new ideas and people have a shot. Between the unions and overpaid management, the US auto makers are dead. Someone just needs to throw them in the hole and put up the head stone. Do I sound bitter? Hell yes. I know we can do better. I know that a lot of “Japan” cars are built in the good old USA and are keeping the quality that Japan is noted for. How, no unions, fair treatment of the employees and management that cares about what comes off the assembly line.