Chevy Offering First Volt Owners Free Charging Stations
Not too long ago, Ford announced that some 1,800 of the early adopters of electric vehicles would be eligible to receive home charging stations at no cost to them. Their intention is to spark more interest in plug-in vehicles and hopefully boost sales of the initial production run. Not to be outdone, General Motors has promised the same kind of treatment to the first buyers of the upcoming Volt.
The announcement came as part of the Obama Administration's initiative to have upwards of 15,000 240 volt charging unit installed nationwide. From this allotment, General Motors is promising about 4,400 to the first people in line for the Chevrolet Volt, which is still on track for release later this year.
The money was provided by a grant from the Department of Energy, who will in turn be allowed to collect and analyze the data from the charging stations. Engineers from the Department of Energy are hoping the data will show trends and patterns to usage that will help automakers manufacture vehicles better fitted to the needs of consumers.
Even though the Volt is able to charge from the standard 120 volt outlet we are used to using, the administration believes that some will opt for the 240v to minimize the amount of time needed to fully charge the batteries. Current estimates are saying that the average buyer will need only to charge their Volt overnight for day-to-day use.
Expect to see more charging stations being installed across America as more automakers begin releasing plug-in electric vehicles and their use increases. For those of you looking to get your hands on one of these charging stations, more information can be found at: http://www.theevproject.com/Cars.com