To prove its critics wrong GM will demonstrate that their latest plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt, can make it to dealerships for the 2011 model year, with the release of its comprehensive action plan to enable cities to prepared for plug-in electric cars.
The plan includes partnership with local communities like San Francisco and Washington D.C. where there is a heightened interest in hybrid vehicles. The objective is to have a plug-in infrastructure by the time Volt is ready for the market in 2010.
Besides the recognition of key markets (San Francisco and Washington DC), GM also recognizes key parties that will play an important part in the development of the plan, including state, city, and count governments, electric companies, public utility officials, permit and code authorities, clean city coalitions, local employers, universities and early electric adopters. There have been positive moves from the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newson, toward the GM plan.
Another challenge faced by the GM plan is how to attract buyers to buy plug-in EVs, thus incentives have been considered including lowered electricity rates, options for renewable electricity, and public and workplace charging infrastructure.
Also considered is the provision for exclusively plug-in EV lanes where vehicles can be driven. A tax incentive of $7500 has been approved by the government for buyers of plug-in EVs.
Currently, GM is working with the state of Michigan, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Electric Power Research Institute, and an alliance of over 40 utilities to make this planned infrastructure reach reality. By doing this, GM is leading in the creation of benchmarks and a feasible infrastructure for all plug-in hybrids in the future both near and far.