Customer confidence in driving the Chevrolet Volts. Especially as an everyday vehicle. Yet it also depends on electric utilities providing the uninterrupted power at home. Moreover to work to support the vehicles.
That’s why the first 27 Volts in North Carolina are going to major utilities under a partnership between the Electric Power Research Institute and General Motors. So General Motors and the Electric Power Research Institute have collaborated. All in a joint effort with more than thirty major utilities. For that’s across the United States. All to build trust in the Chevrolet Volts across America. Especially as a reliable daily car.
This venture was also announced at the Plug-In 2008 Conference. Moreover it was made possible due to a $30.5 million grant. For that was provided by the US Department of Energy’s Recovery Act Transportation Electrification Initiative. The intent of the partnership is to ensure a safe and simple charging process for electric vehicles. Also boost public understanding of plug-in electric automobiles. Moreover and assist policy makers in transitioning. Especially from oil to electricity as a source of fuel. This coincided with the beginning of the Plug-In 2011 conference, held on Tuesday.
The deliveries to utilities coincide with the opening of the Plug-In 2011 conference. All which opens Tuesday in Raleigh. In addition, Volt deliveries to the 128 Chevrolet dealers. All in the Carolinas that will begin in August.
“The Chevrolet Volts join our rapidly expanding fleet of plug-in electric vehicles and will provide a significant boost to our research efforts,” said Bill Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy.
“We are committed to developing the necessary infrastructure to support the widespread use of electric vehicles because we believe they will save our customers money, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help protect the environment,” said Johnson, who is also the co-chairman of the Edison Electric Institute CEO Taskforce on Electric Transportation.
Using electricity to power vehicles such as the Volt can reduce the auto industry’s dependence on petroleum and help reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. Consumers benefit from lower energy costs. As a transportation fuel, electricity costs about one-half of gasoline per mile. The national average to charge a Volt is about $1.50 a day, Gross said
About two-thirds of the more than 4 million miles driven by Volt owners to date have been powered by domestically produced electricity, and the typical Volt customers is getting almost 1,000 miles per single tank of gasoline.
The Volt’s extended-range capability offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.