General Motors has called on major cities, most notably San Francisco, to help launch the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid next year. They've encouraged cities to become plug-in ready and said that while no cities have been chosen yet to be the initial markets for the car, they are giving "special consideration" to those that are equipped for plug-ins.
San Francisco could be a great ally of the Volt, which needs a big launch to make up for the set backs GM has encountered along the way. The city has already committed to working with Better Place to set up a network of charging and battery-swapping stations, which will be necessary for the Volt to be successful.
Beyond having charging stations ready to go on roll out, San Francisco could amend policies and grant permits that will make the Volt business easier for GM. The city could also add Volts to their fleet of cars.
California may turn out to be a friend to the Volt in general. Beyond San Francisco, Coulomb Technologies is distributing electric-car charging devices throughout the state. GM is working with utilities to ensure charging networks will be ready for the new cars.
With all the hype that has surrounded the Volt since its announcement through its planned launch next year, I can't wait to see what happens once the car hits the streets. With partnerships with major cities that will make sure the necessary infrastructure is in place, the Volt has a decent chance of changing the automobile market. It will be interesting to watch if things go smoothly or if we still have a long way to go before plug-in electrics can we widely adopted.
via GM-Volt and Greentech Media
written by Craig S, February 05, 2009
|< Prev||Next >|