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The Volt can go 40 miles before burning gas. It features a 3.5 charge time on 220V sockets. GM is pushing cities and communities to go "plug-in" ready, adopting charging stations for electric vehicles.

San Francisco has partnered with GM to pioneer how to set up a "plug-in" ready community. It is also offering additional incentives to citizens to buy the Volt.
New initiative pushes for extra stations to grab some juice while on the road

A few key criticisms leveled at GM's generally popular 2011 Chevy Volt electric vehicle (EV) is the short all-electric range (before the gas engine kicks in) and the relative lack of places to recharge on the go.  Similar problems face Ford and Chrysler who are promoting electric vehicles of their own.  GM, who perhaps of the domestic automakers has the most hopes riding on electric vehicles, has decided to do something about this predicament, pushing a new initiative to wire communities with recharging stations.

Gas vehicles wouldn't have very long ranges without the gas stations that are littered throughout most of America.  That's the point GM is making when it comes to the Volt.  While, the relatively long 3 hour charge time (on 220V, 6.5 hours on 110V) precludes a quick recharge, at locations that see longer stays -- like gyms, colleges, and workplaces -- a recharging station could be just the thing for those looking to avoid resorting to using gas in their Volt.  The Volt can go 40 miles on a charge before the gas engine kicks in to replenish the battery pack.

GM will be working closely with city officials in San Francisco and Washington D.C. to adopt citywide EV recharging stations.  Much work will have to be done with area utilities to arrange for payment schemes and to negotiate rates.  GM also plans to target communities that are cited as having poor support after the Volt launches.  GM is working with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and a coalition of more than 40 utilities to help work out the payment schemes.

At the Washington Auto Show, GM announced the new program.  Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet, was on hand, stating, "Collaborating with communities such as San Francisco and metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C. - where there's already an interest in plug-in vehicles - is another important step toward raising customer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of vehicles such as the Volt.  The Chevy Volt is truly coming to life, but preparing the market for electric vehicles also requires capable partners from outside the auto industry. Momentum is building as governments, technology companies, communities and universities are increasingly working together to prepare the market for electric vehicles."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom comments, "Cities have an indispensable role in making plug-in vehicles successful.  Here in San Francisco, we are acting now to make sure the charging infrastructure will be available to support these vehicles as soon as they are ready for sale, and we are working with other cities in the region to make the Bay Area a thriving market for electric transportation." 

San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland announced in November that they were planning a new infrastructure for plug-ins and would be offering incentives to purchasers.  Those incentives would come in addition to the $7,500 tax credit that the government is offering to those who purchase the Volt, in order to try to boost the domestic EV market. 

While the other domestic automakers are very committed to electric vehicles as well, it’s hard to argue that GM is blazing the trail for the other manufacturers and is putting much more of its future success and image on the line.  At GM, most believe this is a good thing, though. 

"We know plenty of work still remains, both within and outside of GM,” adds Peper. “But today's and other recent announcements underscore the comprehensive work being done to bring the Chevrolet Volt and other electrically driven vehicles to market - and they also highlight why we are so optimistic about the ultimate success of the Volt."



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RE: in before fail
By mdogs444 on 2/4/2009 9:55:54 AM , Rating: 1
Which is exactly why you've seen people associated with them want fuel taxes raised so that gasoline is $4 per gallon. They want us to suffer so their products are economically viable.


RE: in before fail
By kkwst2 on 2/4/09, Rating: -1
RE: in before fail
By mdogs444 on 2/4/2009 10:13:37 AM , Rating: 3
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Were you really suffering that much when gas was $4 per gallon? Unless you're in the shipping/delivery business, I doubt it. Fuel was still a relatively small part of most people's monthly budget.

Lets step back and look...

Prices for just about EVERYTHING increased. Fuel prices went up, my weekly gas bill may have only gone from $25 to $50, but my grocery bill went up, as did everything because of the costs to ship things.
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So, if it is our goal to produce more efficient cars (I'm not arguing necessarily that it is, but that seems to be on the government's agenda), then it's reasonable to ask for market pressures to make that happen.

The problem is that gaining efficiency is NOT going to lower our costs. Haven't you noticed that since we're driving less, they want to increase fuel taxes and start charging by the mile? There is no fiscal benefit at all to the normal person for driving less or having more efficient vehicles.


RE: in before fail
By Doormat on 2/4/2009 11:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
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Prices for just about EVERYTHING increased. Fuel prices went up, my weekly gas bill may have only gone from $25 to $50, but my grocery bill went up, as did everything because of the costs to ship things.


And you know what? I haven't really seen my grocery bill, shipping prices from newegg, or just about anything else except for my personal gas bill go down since the price of gas and diesel has been cut in half.

Somewhere along the line, we got hoodwinked.


RE: in before fail
By Netscorer on 2/4/2009 12:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
And how!

My garbage collection firm just sent out letters with another round of price increases citing high fuel cost as one of the reasons. And this is all the while the fuel dropped in price by 50% from summer.
What can I do - they are a monopoly and can charge us whatever they want.


RE: in before fail
By Cypherdude1 on 2/5/2009 9:57:54 PM , Rating: 2
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GM will be working closely with city officials in San Francisco and Washington D.C. to adopt citywide EV recharging stations. Much work will have to be done with area utilities to arrange for payment schemes and to negotiate rates. GM also plans to target communities that are cited as having poor support after the Volt launches.

This is what the Federal Economic Stimulus Package should address. This is what government is best at: creating large new projects so that everyone benefits. NASA's space programs during the '50's and '60's created new technologies which all of us are benefiting from today. Private industry is terrible at creating entirely new technologies because companies are afraid to invest in them since they don't know if they will create profits.

The Federal Economic Stimulus Package should have a multi-billion dollar provision which funds the installation of vending machine-type electrical outlets for electrical cars. The customer should be able to put dollar bills in or slide a credit card to pay. The connection must be ANSI standardized so that all cars companies benefit, not just GM.

Without the government's help and a standardized plug, there will be no quick adoption of electric cars. Electric cars will require paying electric outlets all across America. America is a big country and this translates to tens of thousands of outlets.


RE: in before fail
By Hiawa23 on 2/4/2009 11:58:43 AM , Rating: 3
Were you really suffering that much when gas was $4 per gallon? Unless you're in the shipping/delivery business, I doubt it. Fuel was still a relatively small part of most people's monthly budget.

yes, my eletric home bill went from $95-110 to $200, food prices skyrocketed, & they have not come back down, my fuel for my cars which normally run $80-100/month went to $200 plus, childcare skyrocketed, all other household bills increased, & add to that company cutting back hours from 50 to 30, some families may be now getting behind, so yes, when fuel prices went up it affected many families in alot of ways. Since the gas prices have gone back down the savings I now have from gas & my electric bill alone has allowed to pay my mortgage & other bills without dipping into my savings, & my 401k value decreased by 1/2 so I stopped contributing to that as I just couldn't afford that anymore, & why contribute to that so someone else can spend it, or waste it.


RE: in before fail
By Screwballl on 2/4/2009 2:20:32 PM , Rating: 3
Another way to look at this:

Used car/truck trade in and sales. Steal-erships look at the mileage, if it is more than 12,000 per year then it is high miles and they usually knock off $1,000-10,000 from the trade in value... yet when they put the same vehicle on their lot, anything that has 20,000 miles per year or less is stated a "low mileage" vehicle and sold at an increased premium.

We ran into this a few years ago with our SUV. the one they were selling was 3 years old and it had 58,000 miles (almost 20,000/year), they called it low mileage. Yet the one we were trading in had around 80,000 miles and was 5 years old (around 16,000/year) and they tried to reduce the trade in value because of "high mileage". I caught them on the lie, and we got close to what we wanted for trade value based on the KBB/NADA values (which was around $10-11,000), not their "auctioneer black book" value (which showed $3400), AND the reduced retail price for the high mile SUV we were buying because it was over 12,000 miles/year. I also learned that the long term durability/reliability of the 2nd gen Durangos (2004-newer) is better than any Pathfinder manufactured to date.

We had to trade the older one (01 Nissan Pathfinder) in because there were enough warning signs of several things about to go bad at once (front brakes, lifter knocks bad over 3,000 RPM, alignment kept going out even though it had new steering arm parts meaning the steering box itself was about to go, and a few other things). It was good enough that their sales people did not notice the problems and we got the newer SUV we wanted (04 Dodge Durango)... currently at 81,000 miles and going strong.

When gas prices increase, we just drive less and consolidate trips around town. It is not like we can just trade in this larger SUV for a smaller one or a car with better gas mileage. With my height (6'5") and the 2 daughters and everything else we have going on (girl scouts, cookie sales, soccer, stroller, 2 larger car seats, and so on), it is not possible for us to "get by" with anything smaller for our main family vehicle.

Now if they had a hybrid Durango/full size SUV that offers the same storage room ours does but with better gas mileage, then we would trade up, but until then, we are happy at 16-20mpg.


RE: in before fail
By Moishe on 2/4/2009 2:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
16/20 mpg isn't bad at all considering all that you can do with that vehicle.

I'm fairly sick of people comparing their tiny 2/3 seat gutless go-carts to cars that actually go and hold a lot of stuff. MPG is not the trump card if you end up with a vehicle that simply cannot perform the task it's needed for.

My car gets 2/3 the mileage of a new small car... and it adds about $8/week onto my bill. Frankly, I'm happy to pay $8/wk($32/mth) to drive a luxury car with plenty of room and acceleration.


RE: in before fail
By Noya on 2/4/2009 3:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
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trade the older one (01 Nissan Pathfinder) in because there were enough warning signs of several things about to go bad at once


Yeah, a 2001 Pathfinder is kind of idiotic to buy, as it's basically a facelifted 1996 model:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Pathfinder#Sec...


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