Chevy Volt Teardown

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Volt teardown at Design Automation Conference

SAN FRANCISCO–The teardown of the Chevy Volt has been so popular that the organizers of the 49th Design Automation Conference here asked us to reprise it for their audience. Al Steier and I did so this week, but before that, I invited Steier to join our EE Times live-streaming interview program to talk about our project so far:  

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Infotainment Teardown

Third in the Teardown series By John Scott-Thomas For the designers of the Chevrolet Volt – GM’s signature hybrid automobile – the infotainment system presented an interesting dilemma. On the one hand, the infotainment system is the primary interface between the driver and the automobile, and as such, it should be a highlight of the vehicle. On the other hand,

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Power Converters Teardown

Fourth in the Teardown series By John Scott-Thomas The Chevrolet Volt is a tour de force of complex systems engineering, requiring advanced control electronics. Reliable and efficient coordination of the onboard lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4L gasoline engine require dedicated microprocessors and firmware; in previous articles we’ve analyzed the battery pack made by LG-Chem/Compact Power (Volt Battery Teardown) and the

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: Powertrain presentation at Design West (32:14)

In the second of a three-part series of video excerpts from Design West, Munro & Associates’ Al Steier and TechInsights’ John Scott-Thomas analyze the Chevy Volt’s powertrain and charge electronics (the session runs 32:14):  

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Volt Teardown: Video excerpts from Design West

In the first of a three-part series of video excerpts from Design West, Munro & Associates' Al Steier and TechInsights' John Scott-Thomas analyze the Chevy Volt's battery pack. Here is their presentation, edited to 15:05:

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Volt Teardown: Battery pack parts list

Here are select components used in the design of the Chevrolet Volt 360V battery pack: LG Chem Battery Management ASSP, by STMicro in proprietary BCD Technology. The L9763 is a full ASIC with intellectual property shared by LG. Freescale microcontroller: MPC5516 Freescale microcontroller: S9S08DZ32 (Click here for related parts) Spansion, MirrorBit Flash: GL512N11FFA02. Spansion engineering innovations include the company’s award-winning

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Volt teardown: Battery pack 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 battery pack:  

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Powertrain Teardown

(Second teardown article in a series) By John Scott-Thomas, TechInsights The Chevrolet Volt, GM’s entry in the electric car market,  is one of the most complex vehicles on the road, using almost 100 microprocessors that are controlled by about 10 million lines of code. By comparison, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner  gets by with only 6.5 million lines. One of the

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