Field Operations Program Chevrolet S-10 (Lead-Acid) Accelerated Reliability Testing - Final Report

This report summarizes the Accelerated Reliability testing of five lead-acid battery-equipped Chevrolet S-10 electric vehicles by the US Department of Energy's Field Operations Program and the Program's testing partners, Electric Transportation Applications (ETA) and Southern California Edison (SCE). ETA and SCE operated the S-10s with the goal of placing 25,000 miles on each vehicle within 1 year, providing an accelerated life-cycle analysis. The testing was performed according to established and published test procedures. The S-10s' average ranges were highest during summer months; changes in ambient temperature from night to day and from season-to-season impacted range by as much as 10 miles. Drivers also noted that excessive use of power during acceleration also had a dramatic effect on vehicle range. The spirited performance of the S-10s created a great temptation to inexperienced electric vehicle drivers to 'have a good time' and to fully utilize the S-10's acceleration capability. The price of injudicious use of power is greatly reduced range and a long-term reduction in battery life. The range using full-power accelerations followed by rapid deceleration in city driving has been 20 miles or less.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 51p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01109077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: lNEEL/EXT/99-00650
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC07-941D13223
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2008 5:09PM