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

GM's Tracking Solar Tree in Warren, Michigan  (Source:
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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By TSS on 11/17/2011 9:23:13 PM , Rating: 3
Actually the largest figure i used, the $750 billion, includes pensions liabilities and such. The official figure is more like $150 billion.

If you wanna compound the numbers just say that america is $54 trillion in debt. Which is actually true and no sleight of hand required.

It's simply adding up all state and local debt to the federal debt, then adding business, personal, household, creditcard debt, in other words all debt. Why does that matter to californians you say?

Well suppose california goes broke. All debts are written off. So far, no biggie. But the very next day, salaries have to be paid. That requires revenue. Since they just went broke, nobody outside of california is going to lend to california. You can't just lay off everybody and expect the economy to just go on happily. So then the citizens of california have to borrow money to california. Which they won't have since they all have personal and creditcard debt up to their necks. So other states will have to lend money. Money they don't have, because their borrowing to keep their budgets up themselves. The economy of cali will crash, and since it's part of the US, the US economy will take a hit aggrevating budget issues in other states.

It's all connected. If one thing goes, everything else will get a hit. Wether they can take the hit determines the depth of the downfall. That's why greece is such a problem right now, everything is stretched so thin that when they go, uncontrolled, everything falls down. And there's no way of a "controlled" way to let italy fail which is why markets are at the moment extremely volitile.

If that's all not mind blowing enough though, i could always mention the $110 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities of the USA, and the fact that total assets is about $75 trillion. Go wrap your head around that fact.

If that isn't enough, i could mention the $625 trillion CDS market, which is nearly all american. Thanks to that, no matter what country in the world goes broke, it'll cost the US twice as much as that country. Did you know that if greece enters a default event, AIG will get hit hard enough to require another government bailout?

One of my favorite things to imagine is what my grandkids will say about this whole situation. Born after it all came crashing down, they will not be able to even comprehend why we all allowed this insanity to not only happen, but continue (i'm 24 right now, for reference).

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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