If a cell fails and needs replacing, will it need a High Voltage electrician?
Yes, the Voltra battery pack is over 400V and so requires a suitably qualified engineer to carry out the works. The battery pack must also be partially dismantled and the technician must understand how this is done safely, and without damaging the battery management system.
What other areas can only be accessible by a HV electrician and what is accessible for an auto electrician?
Everything in the orange boxes or ducting must only be worked on by suitably qualified engineers. Swapping out items like motors and power electronics is neither complex nor dangerous (as long as the electrical system is isolated) – but opening the battery box opens up a range of subtle interactions and hazards that even an HV electrician may not be aware of. Diagnosing problems – i.e. where to look is also a completely different discipline. At this stage, Voltra (as the design engineers) are the only ones who can perform diagnosis. Even our diagnostic tools and DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) only provide raw data that has to be interpreted.
What is the cost of an individual battery cell?
Approximately $300.00 plus shipping etc.
What is best method for disposing of used battery cells?
Used cells should be either re-purposed, have the electrolyte replaced and returned to service, or be recycled. Voltra will support in the recycling process.