Chevy Volt Gen 2 Battery Torn Down For DIY Energy Storage Project

measuring voltage of Chevy Volt battery

APR 23 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 7

Gaining energy independence is a re-Volting experience

David Poz is a man with a dream (and a small baby attached to his back.) Ok, several dreams, actually, and he’s making them come true.

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This particular video deals with his dream of building his own energy storage system that can collect electrons from his solar panels and supply his super-efficient house and garage with 24-hour power without being connected to the grid.

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Man with baby in front of a Chevy Bolt batteryPoz picked up a T-shaped, 2nd-generation Chevy Volt 18 kWh battery from a scrapyard for $2,033 — a mere $113 per kWh — and brought it back to that aforementioned garage, and now the fun begins. With baby Eleanor (mostly) keeping a keen eye on the process, her dad removes the of removing the cover and BMS (battery management system), and takes some voltage measurements.

While it’s just the first in a series, it’s a great look at the various issues one will run into. According to Poz, this is his first time trying his hand at this sort of project, so it will be interesting to watch how it all progresses. Needless to say, we’ve subscribed to his channel and will be keeping an eye for updates.

Previously, in addition to a wealth of videos covering the covering the construction of his house, among other things, Poz and his wife made a video discussing the background behind this (and other) project(s). It really creates a foundation for what’s to come, so we’ve included it just below. Enjoy!

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7 Comments on "Chevy Volt Gen 2 Battery Torn Down For DIY Energy Storage Project"

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I recently bought 1/4 of a Volt pack (4.25KWh) for solar storage.
Still sitting in my garage – can’t wait to put them to use this summer at the cottage!

EV-TV Jack rants at utilities and torn-up Mode 3 torn down:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuGIrGTxxXY

No hearing protection for the infant? Fooling around with high voltage? People are way too safety conscious these days, but this is moronic.

A working pack is great for $2033 and that’s assuming you have the capability to pick one up (many of HD/Lowes offer a rakeside rental for $20/hr plus fuel) because otherwise most eBay auctions are charging $300-$600 for shipping and the packs are going for $2500/pack…If you know what you’re doing you’re could probably make $1000/pack profit by buying damaged packs, breaking them down and selling the modules individually…

High voltage DC and kids don’t mix.

Where is the info on doing it for storage? I take Volt packs apart myself and would like to use them as storage so want the details how they did it?

I’m just envious he has free time with a kiddo that young. I have a 10 month old and zero free time. Work and taking care of baby. I’m only here now because she is napping for 45 minutes.