Secondary-use Chevy Volt batteries power their way into the record books
4,739 people set a new Guinness World Record for the most number of people generating electricity in one week.
From July 17 to July 24, 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.
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.
The application of the secondary use battery technology is part of the work taking place at GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa.
“Power of Play has been an illustration of the potential secondary uses for the batteries in Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles, as well as a means to test how renewable energy sources can generate stored electricity while minimizing environmental impact,” said Hossein Hassani, Director of Enterprise Marketing for General Motors of Canada.
The batteries used in the exhibition had exceeded their eight-to-ten-year lifespan on the road. Even after the end of that lifespan, they still have 50- to-70% capacity remaining to provide backup power, peak rate shaving and renewable energy storage for both commercial and non-commercial uses.