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Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power Milford Proving Ground

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/17/2015 Megan Stewart
Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power Milford Proving Ground

Once an electric car battery has come to the end of its automotive usefulness, what happens to them is all but unknown. Yes, they get recycled, but as they still have power left, could they be used for another purpose? Chevrolet has now started using five batteries from Volt vehicles to help power the new General Motors Enterprise Data Center at GM's Milford Proving Ground.

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The five used Chevrolet Volt batteries will be added to a new74-kW solar array and two 2-kW wind turbines that feed the building's circuit breaker panel to power the building. The new system will deliver a net-zero energy use on an annual basis.

While the batteries will help to power the building on a daily basis, they will also provide backup power in the event of a power outage. Excess energy will be sent to the grid that supplies the rest of Milford campus. However, the batteries will also perform a secondary duty as a living lab to better understand how the batteries redistribute energy on this large of a scale. GM will work with partners to test the system for commercial and non-commercial applications.

But General Motors isn't the only automaker to recycle old electric car batteries in such a way. Earlier this year, Toyota announced that its old Camry Hybrid batteries would be recycled and used to power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus at Yellowstone National Park.

Source: Chevrolet

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