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Volt teardown: Charge system slide presentation

Here's a presentation compiled by Al Steier of Munro & Associates and John Scott-Thomas of TechInsights that walks you through what they found during their analysis of the Chevy Volt's charge/powertrain system:

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Volt Teardown: The battery pack

By John Scott-Thomas, TechInsights The Chevrolet Volt is GM’s atonement for the cancellation of its first modern electric vehicle, the EV1, and a potent attempt to create a bold new technical future. The Volt’s control systems are among the most elaborate ever created. Close to 100 microprocessors are in the car, and over 10 million lines of software are used; a Boeing

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Watch the teardown time-lapse video motion

TROY, Mich. — Ever seen a car come apart really fast? Check out our time-lapse video of the Chevy Volt teardown we did several weeks ago here. More design resources It took three days, but the video shortens it to a few crazy minutes and makes Munro & Associates Al Steier look like he's working on barrels of coffee! I

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The joys of bidirectional power

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J.–Electric vehicles (EVs) are takers not givers, when it comes to the grid, which, incidentally, isn't really set up yet to take power from EVs. That reality is beginning to change as more EVs hit the market and innovators re-examine the grid to understand what needs to be done to use EVs as power suppliers in the future. DesignNews Senior


Going (literally) under the hood with the Volt

What’s more fun than driving a Chevy Volt? Tearing one apart! That’s what we’re going to do next week in Michigan as we build toward another new phase of the Drive for Innovation: analyzing the Volt’s inside down to the pc-board level. (Here's a link to the YouTube page where we're posting outtakes from the teardown). We’re gathering in Troy,


EV Charging Stations

By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Drive for Innovation Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, but "range anxiety" isn't going away. Unfortunately when you're on the road, electrons are a lot harder to come by than gasoline, due to the lack of EV charging stations. Fortunately, a number of companies are rushing to fill the void, and a number



PHILADELPHIA–College is so different these days. Can you imagine having the chance, back in the day, to build an electric dragster? That’s what engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) have done in the past six years. In an earlier segment, we talked to them about the origins of the design, which emerged from a long-popular solar car design

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The electric gas station

By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Drive for Innovation When you run low on gas you look for a handy gas station. What happens when you’re driving an electric vehicle (EV) and you run short of electrons? Unless you’re doing an out-and-back run from your home charging station, you could have a problem. Right now the market for EVs is


Storing Volts

By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Drive for Innovation While electric vehicles have been around since the late 19th century, they only became practical with the development of energy storage systems that sport a lot better horsepower-to-weight ratio than bulky lead acid batteries. By the mid-90’s automakers had pretty much given up on being able to go very far on

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