Chevrolet has put its secondary use battery technology in the record books by setting a Guinness World Records title for the most people generating electricity in one week at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
From July 17th to July 24th, participants at the Chevrolet Power of Play exhibit in CIBC Pan Am Park raced family and friends head-to-head on a 1,038-foot competitive marathon slot car track, powered by secondary-use Chevrolet Volt batteries.
Participants controlled the speed of the cars and charged the batteries by riding on six stationary bicycles, generating electricity with their own pedal power.
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A total of 4,739 people generated more than 13,000 electrical watt-hours of electricity over the course of the week. To put the record in context, that amount of energy could power a Chevrolet Volt to drive 60 km.
This application of Chevrolet’s secondary use battery technology is part of the innovative work-taking place at General Motor’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, and a demonstration of the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability.
The Chevrolet Volt batteries used in the exhibition are batteries that have exceeded their 8-10-year lifespan on the road.
Even after the end of that lifespan, they still have 50-70 per cent capacity remaining.
That capacity can be used to provide backup power, peak rate shaving and renewable energy storage for both commercial and non-commercial uses, and it can deliver waste reductions and economic benefits on an industrial scale.