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2016 Chevrolet Volt Battery Picture - Extended Test Drive, Lithium Li-ion Battery Discussion, Degradation, Thermal Events

This article dives into lithium batteries in electric cars. What is their range? How long do they last? Can they blow up? Can they catch on fire? Do the batteries wear out in a couple years? Can they be recycled? 

To really dive into current battery technology in the year 2017, the Tesla Model S and the Chevy Volt are compared, plus questions and concerns about batteries are answered.


CHEVY VOLT BATTERY SYSTEM PICTURE



Picture above shows the lithium ion battery built into the Chevy Volt

WHAT IS IT LIKE LIVING WITH THE 2016 CHEVROLET VOLT?



What's it like living with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt ? - Extended Test Drive

I spend a week with the 2016 Chevy Volt and put it through everyday life tests. With a great new look, extended range and lower price, this car should be on your list if you've ever considered an EV or Hybrid.

This could be the perfect solution for the immediate future. Drive it like an EV. But you don't have to worry if you have an unexpected trip or you forgot to plug it in. Maybe this will give the Tesla Model III a good run.

ELECTRIC CARS ARE FAST, QUIET, FUN AND EASY TO DRIVE, DON'T TAKE ANY TIME TO WARM UP AND DON'T USE GAS IDLING AT STOP SIGN OR RED LIGHT


What are the top reasons for buying an electric car, as told by electric car owners and first adopters?

First, electric cars are FAST, with huge torque from the green light or stop sign, depending on the electric car of course. Second, electric cars are QUIET, and don't have all of the engine noises, smells and issues. 

Brewster MacCracken: Surprising Findings on EV Owners and diffusion of innovationVideo; https://youtu.be/m8W9Do1Lfpg 3 min.

What electric car owners don't talk about is the carbon footprint reduction, or the electric car revolution plus what it means. People are pretty simple with what they want. They want a FAST, and QUIET car. 

The EV Revolution YaleClimateConnection
People used to buy electric cars to help save the planet. Now people buy electric cars, because they are the best, most fun, and coolest rides around.


EXPERT ON TESLA CAR AND BATTERIES TALKS ABOUT LITHIUM BATTERIES AND THEIR USEFUL LIFE, RECYCLING, HAZARDS AND HOW TESLA DEALT WITH ISSUES


A discussion about Tesla quality and the trust about battery degradation and it's useful life.
Video; https://youtu.be/glPgqLlqv5c 4 min.

If you want to learn more about Lithium ion batteries and their chemistry watch this video by Jeff Dahn of Tesla:
On July 30th, 2013, Professor Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University delivered a lecture entitled "Why do Li-ion batteries die and can they be immortal?"
Li-ion batteries for tablets and phones last several years. Li-ion batteries for electrified vehicles and grid energy storage need to last decades. I will explain why Li-ion batteries die and, using examples from our recent research, how changes to their chemistry can greatly improve their lifetime. It is my opinion that Li-ion batteries can eventually be made to last for 20, 30 or even 50 years.
Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qi03... 1 hour 13 minutes

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SUMMARY

The revolution has started, and it is starting with electric cars, because that is the easiest path to a carbon and nuclear free transportation system. A hydrogen gas powered transportation system is also possible, but the hurdles to make that happen are even bigger, so they will take more time and money.

Electric cars are at the point where the average person can adopt them, just because they are fun, fast and quiet. The next step is to educate the public about the advantages built into electric cars, compared to fossil fuel vehicles.

Look at it this way. Right now we are digging up dead dinosaurs and decaying plants so we can burn them to pollute the ground, air and water. Rather than burning a toxic fuel that will cause the end of all life on the planet, why not use the FREE clean energy coming TODAY from the sun, and use that? There is enough solar, wind, tide, geothermal and water power today to power all electric vehicles.

Using a carbon and nuclear free fuel source reduces the carbon footprint of a family to as close to zero as it can go. It is not time to look back millions of years to the dinosaurs; it is time to be here in the present, use the free energy we are being given and move ahead into a bold, brave new future that is full of promise and opportunity. 


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