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Chevy Volt to Sport Smart Charging, Flex Fuel

3 April 2009 No Comment

General Motors on Thursday decided to establish an industry “ecosystem” to make electric vehicles attractive to buyers and are ready to begin testing prototypes of the electric Chevrolet Volt, this summer.


They have planned for mass production of Volt starting in November 2010 in the U.S. and introduction in mid-2011 in Canada. Almost 80 prototypes will be built for fleet testing this summer, said vehicle line director for the Chevy Volt, Tony Posawatz.

When there would be millions of plug-in vehicles on the road in the coming years, there should be need of new technologies and the installation of a car-charging infrastructure in communities, say automakers. So plug-in use is so-called smart charging technology is important, where car batteries are charged at off-peak times in the middle of the night.

“We will have a customer-selectable car-charging feature at a minimum,” Posawatz said. With the release of the 2011 Volt late next year, General Motors will let consumers to set what time the car can be charged using GM’s OnStar in-car communication system.

Smart charging, which would work with a utility’s smart grid programs for running the grid efficiently, will become more important as millions of plug-in vehicles get attached to the grid, said Mark Duvall, director electric transportation at EPRI.

Charging pedestals are also available in public places for people who live in apartment buildings, he said. This makes an important reason to make electric cars to consumers.

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