Just how intimate would you like to get with the powertrain in a Chevy Volt? If you're anything like YouTube user d55guy, then spending a half hour filming yourself taking apart the battery pack, motor, inverter and more for a look inside sounds like your idea of fun. After all, this way you get to see the cooling system, the heavy safety kill switch and count up the individual cells in the battery modules. Fun!

Turns out, we also enjoy languidly paced Volt dissection video goodness, and we think you might want to see it as well. So, we've embedded two videos below and if you don't have a better understanding of how the Volt is put together after watching them, well, at least you can't say we never tried to show you anything.

Given that what's really happening here is the organized 'destruction' of an expensive and potentially dangerous object, let's talk safety. There's a serious disclaimer at the beginning of the videos and on the YouTube description page, but we feel the need to repeat the gist of it here: do not try this at home. The creator of the video says he is a trained engineer and has been doing things like this "for the better part of a decade," so he apparently knows what he's doing. With that in mind, watch it all below.

When you're done seeing the insides of a Volt powertrain up close, if you need more filmed EV dissection/destruction, check out this video designed for first responders approaching a damaged Tesla Model S.





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      jimmy_james44
      • 4 Months Ago
      Thing looks like it was built to last 20 years.
      Jim McL
      • 4 Months Ago
      Never ever work around high voltage batteries until you remove all metal jewelry, this "genius" has a metal watch band on.
        DarylMc
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jim McL
        Hi Jim McL I was ready to knock you down for being so negative about this very interesting video. But the watch shows just how observant you are and I'm sure GM would be as concerned as anyone to see someone make the news for exploding Chevy Volt batteries in their garage.
      Josh C.
      • 4 Months Ago
      The lack of safety measures this guy is using is crazy. As I do enjoy watching tear down video on high tech stuff I wish this one was done by some one who knew a little more. Oh and how he faked taking those screws out of the top just prior to taking the large cover off. Wow.
      Terry
      • 4 Months Ago
      i have had a 2012 volt and now i actually know quite a bit about it thanks to this great video.you folks can whine about the safety issues it you must but give the man credit he is about as smart as they come obviously without corporation training.GM needs this man,run him through a few schools and put him in charge of design.
      kinasi
      • 4 Months Ago
      that's a massive battery ---~~~~~~~ I disagree this is the way forward, charging batteries of a massive size that are green as long as you bend the truth a bit here and there bring on flow batteries !!
        kinasi
        • 4 Months Ago
        @kinasi
        Oh yeah, another thing, the fact the car has to actually carry the massive weight around is RIDICULOUS!...this is not the future people...this is retarded
          Harry
          • 4 Months Ago
          @kinasi
          Chevy Volt battery weighs just under 400 pounds. Gasoline weighs 6 pounds a gallon so 400/6 = 66 gallons of gas would equal the weight of the Volt. But you would burn up the 66 gallons in 1300 miles, whereas the Volt battery looks like it will last around 150,000 miles, or more. Then it will get re-purposed or recycled. You choose.
          Theryl McCoy
          • 4 Months Ago
          @kinasi
          The weight of the Chevy Volt battery is the same as driving around with a full tank of about 125 gallons of gas.
          TurboFroggy
          • 4 Months Ago
          @kinasi
          That right, a heavy battery that enables you to drive 1000 miles for about $20 is completely retarded. Now back to my 15MPG pickup that sucks down $266 to go the same distance!
          jimmy_james44
          • 4 Months Ago
          @kinasi
          What's the weight of gas?