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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 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
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:

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