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Charged Up In Michigan In Preparation For 2011 Chevrolet Volt


2011 Chevrolet Volt

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The news from General Motors that more than 5,300 home and workplace charging stations will be installed in Michigan in preparation for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt’s on-sale date there is completely fitting.

After all, Michigan is a hub for the automobile industry and home to thousands of automotive technological innovations over the years.

Well, it isn’t just for Volt that the charging stations will be installed. It’s to prepare for all kinds of plug-in electric vehicles. Think about it. Consumers won’t gravitate toward electrics in a big way until they are reasonably certain they’ll be able to recharge them when they need to. Up to now, the infrastructure (charging stations) hasn’t been in place in sufficient numbers to do much good.

That’s all about to change.

General Motors says that DTE Energy plans to install 2,500 240V home charging stations for plug-in vehicles in the state, and Consumer Energy will match that number. 

In addition, General Motors will have 18 charging stations operational in and around it’s Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit, 34 will be installed at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant where Volt is built, and 140 in homes of employees participating in Volt early-production evaluation. The automaker says many of the stations at its facilities will be powered by renewable solar energy.

That’s not all. More than 1,500 GM dealers across the country--including nearly 650 dealers that will soon sell Volt in retail launch markets and 900 others across the U.S. authorized to provide service--plan to install charging stations.

Now that electrics are coming--for those consumers who want them--it’s time to get ready for them. How about solar-powered home charging stations in California--where the sun mostly shines? California is one of the launch markets, after all. And later on, Nevada and Arizona and New Mexico…all more or less constant sunshine states.

Just saying. This whole shift in the marketplace toward acceptance of electric vehicles is, well, pretty electrifying.

[Associated Press, General Motors]

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