California to be first to see much-hyped electric cars
It has been announced that California will be the first
American state to get the Chevy Volt. General Motors
(GM) has selected, and will be selecting other markets
as well. GM vice chairman Bob Lutz said in his keynote
address that other lead markets will be decided shortly.
GM is also partnering with three California utilities
and EPRI to do a real world Volt demonstration project.
They will use a $30 million Department of Energy grant
for the study which will involve providing 100 Chevy
Volts for a 2-year study fleet beginning in early 2011.
The vehicles will use OnStar to provide performance usage
and analytic data in real-time. 500 charging stations
will also be installed in business, public, and residential
The three utilities are Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern
California Edison and Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
The data will be used to improve future drivers’ ownership
experiences with electric cars.
“It is natural that California is the lead market for
Volt. Not only is it the largest automotive market, Californians
are known to be leaders in adopting groundbreaking new
technologies,” said Brent Dewar, GM vice president, Global