In these videos watch a time lapse of the Chevy Volt tear down followed by key components/systems of the Chevrolet Volt get an advanced analysis when Al Steier, Design Prophet, Munro & Associates, Inc., John Scott-Thomas, senior engineer, UBM TechInsights and Brian Fuller, editorial director, EE Times, share their teardown insights of the battery pack, charging, drive train and infotainment systems during three separate sessions held at Design West’s Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (Design West Theater) in California. Watch Al Steier as he leads a team of Munro engineers through a three day tear down of the Volt, where they catalogued all of the vehicle’s parts and weights utilizing Munro & Associates Design Profit software.
In their first video (“Chevy Volt teardown: The Battery Pack”), Steier, Scott-Thomas and Fuller will describe the 380V battery’s properties, its design and safety systems, as well as its six boards and front battery pack control module used to control the battery and the massive energy it stores and releases.
The second video (“Chevy Volt Teardown: Charging System and Powertrain”), they discuss the vehicle’s sophisticated charging system used to pull energy from the grid into the vehicle’s main battery to run a variety of subsystems – a “step-change” in automotive electronics design. You will be able to see the modules and intricately designed circuit boards that make up the charging system’s inverter, AC-DC converter, DC-DC converter and charge cable.
Finally, the third video (“Chevy Volt Teardown: The Infotainment System”), Steier, Scott-Thomas and Fuller will present on the vehicle’s state-of-the-art interface that includes two displays and capacitive-touch control buttons for entertainment, climate control and navigation. They will walk the audience through the half-dozen boards that control communication, radio, navigation, body positions and the flat panel displays, including the driver and navigation / entertainment displays. “The importance of benchmarking is critical to adding intelligence to the process and quantifying the real value of component features,” Steier said. “Our qualified team – including engineers, certified ergonomists, and manufacturing and material experts – and their efforts, like those performed on the Chevrolet Volt, go well beyond traditional benchmarking procedures to include detailed analytical design audits with quantitative results. We are pleased to be sharing some of our insights on the Volt teardown with ESC attendees.”
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