Here's a cool bit of video that Plastics News Detroit-based reporter Rhoda Miel noticed today. It's a time-lapse video from General Motors showing a Chevrolet Volt being assembled in Hamtramck. There are lots of robots, and with the time-lapse technology the whole thing takes about 90 seconds. Rhoda offered this plastics-related play-by-play: You can see the instrument panel going in at 48 seconds (if anyone has ever wondered how they do that -- it's with the doors removed, with assist tooling) the lithium-ion battery pack going together at 53 seconds and the electric drive train installed -- from beneath the car -- shortly after that. The seats are installed at 1:19, then the doors are reattached.
Watch a Chevy Volt assembled in 90 seconds
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