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The 2012 Chevrolet Volt with a Low Emissions Package will be eligible to drive in the HOV lane  (Source: inhabitat.com)

GM's Tracking Solar Tree in Warren, Michigan  (Source: media.gm.com)
California 2012 Volt drivers with the Low Emissions Package can receive the rebate and HOV access in early 2012

General Motors Co. is making renewable energy a top priority with new ventures that include a Low Emissions Package for Chevrolet Volt drivers in California and a Tracking Solar Tree for EV charging in Michigan.

Californians who have purchased a 2012 Volt will be eligible for a Low Emissions Package starting early 2012. One perk associated with the package is access to California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) traffic lane, which allows drivers to bypass congested traffic by using this lane.

Originally, the HOV lane was only for vehicles with two or more people onboard. This was later changed to allow single occupancy use for those with a low-emissions vehicle. There are currently over 1,400 miles of HOV lanes in California.

"HOV lane access is a coveted perk in California," said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. "The low-emissions Volt will be a strong draw for drivers who commute daily in the most congested driving environments in the United States."

2012 Volt drivers with the Low Emissions Package can apply for one of the 40,000 available HOV lane stickers.

In addition to HOV lane stickers, California Volt drivers with the Low Emissions Package are eligible to receive $1,500 in state rebates via the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Volt drivers will also receive the $7,500 tax credit from the federal government.

But California isn't the only state receiving some clean perks. Michigan has a solar charging canopy called the Tracking Solar Tree, which moves with the sun and helps to charge GM's EVs.

The Tracking Solar Tree was built by Envision Solar in America, and consists of a hybrid multi-axis tracking design. This particular design allows the canopy to move with the sun, collecting more energy from sunlight throughout the day.

"We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus," said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. "This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it's another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use."

According to GM, the Tracking Solar Tree is able to increase renewable energy production by about 25 percent due to its movable parts. In addition, the tree will produce up to 30,000-kilowatt hours per year and generate enough solar energy to charge six EVs daily.

The Tracking Solar Tree is currently located at the GM Company Vehicle Operations in Warren, Michigan.

Sources: GM, GM



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RE: And yet
By TSS on 11/17/2011 9:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
Your post does not make sense. Considering what you've replied to. I didn't mention china, nor from who that $15 trillion is borrowed from. Nor does it matter. It's people who lose money when you default, and as such will never invest in you again.

But i'll reply to your points regardless.

1. China does own the US, or atleast parts of it. the national debt does not in any way reflect chinese investments into american real estate. I've read multiple articles which showed an increase of chinese investors taking advantage of bottom prices in the current american market. Also, china has made trade deals like crazy all over the globe in recent years. If their not chipping away at the US, their chipping away at US influence for sure.

2. As mentioned above, wether it's foreign or public debt hardly matters. If you lend the US government money that'll count as public money. If the US defaults, you lose that money. I'd worry more about public then foreign debt if i where you.

3. lol who do you think pays for that deficit? The reason why everybody is up in arms about foreign lending is because 40 years ago, you didn't owe *any* money to any country. And the % of debt you owe to foreigners is increasing rapidly. Which tells me that deficit is largely paid for by foreigners, and if it isn't now it will be shortly.

Do you even know why the national debt is such a huge frickin problem? Not because of the debt - but because of the debt interest. The money you have to pay because you >already spent money< >you didn't have<.

In 2011 you paid $454 billion dollar in interest on the national debt. that's $50 billion MORE then what california is going to spend in it's 2011-2012 budget. And what did that money give you? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. You do understand that if you'd burned that money, at the very least you would've gotten heat from the fire?

And to make matters worse, that same figure already was $451 billion back in 2008, but you still had 5% interest rates back then. Their practically 0% now. What do you think happens when interest rates go up again? which, at some point, they are going to have to. And your debt isn't decreasing.

The deficit isn't a problem, it's mostly a problem caused by unwilling politics. Go look up historical tax rates - both the rich and the poor enjoy the lowest tax rates in a century. They where lower only once - in the run up to the great depression. You can fix that with 1 law. But the national debt and the interest you pay on that will be a drag on your economy for decades to come.


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