Chevrolet Volt: Future Power

The Chevy Volt lithium-ion battery comes with an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.

The Chevy Volt lithium-ion battery comes with an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. So if you buy a Volt today, we’re talking 2019 before the warranty is up.

And one can only assume that the General Motors and LG Chem, the battery supplier, have engineered the batteries to last longer than 8 years or 100,000 miles.

But be that as it may, there is some concern with what will happen to the batteries after they are no longer useful for Volts?

To address that question, GM and ABB Group, the international power and energy organization, entered into an association earlier this year. And today they announced one idea for reusing the batteries.

And realize that even though a battery may not be all that good for powering a Volt (after all, one should want one’s car at peak performance), it still has as much as 70% of its useful life ahead of it.

So what to do?

Well, they’ve concluded that they could combine 33 Volt batteries and come up with a system that would have enough storage capacity for up to 50 homes for four hours during a power shortage.

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“Partnerships with organizations such as ABB provide real-world applications that prove what we’re doing is real, not fiction,” stated Micky Bly, GM executive director, Global Electrical Systems, Electrification and Infotainment.

So we’ve done a bit of real math and calculated that based on the 2,745 Volts that have been moved so far this year (according to data from Autodata), and the need for 33 Volt batteries for 50 homes, there are enough batteries out there for a good-size subdivision consisting of 4,159 homes—or at least this would be the case post-2019.