GM wants more charging stations for its employees, other companies

Article by Christian A., on February 5, 2013

To hasten the electric vehicle’s growth, General Motors is supporting a new initiative to boost the number of employers with workplace charging stations tenfold within five years. GM is coming together with 12 other companies (which include Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Tesla, General Electric and Google) as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge.

They’re aiming to raise the number of electric charging stations that people at work can go to. GM is confident that this project will not just improve the charging infrastructure of the nation. It is also a main tool in raising awareness for EV technology.

Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, said that since the Chevrolet Volt was introduced, the company has committed to lead by example on workplace charging and to encourage other companies to help build the infrastructure that supports the electric vehicle market.

He said that the company is prepared to meet this challenge with its 239 workplace charging spots to be used by GM workers for the charging of their personal plug-in vehicles. The DOE will be providing technical assistance as well as a network where participants can share ideas and expertise.

The stance of the new Chevrolet Volt can be described as one that is performance-oriented while remaining to be smooth and bold. It puts forward what its electrically-driven capabilities are and at the same time, it has the appearance of a midsize and upscale sport sedan.

This is due to the sculpted belt line, more wheels-out stance, and of course, the premium execution. Helping with this impression are the front tracks which measure 61.2 inches (1,556 mm) with the rear tracks revealing 62.1 inches (1,578 mm). The front fascia is both flush and rounded and when combined with the grille and the narrow corners, allow the air around the vehicle to move effortlessly and therefore result in lower drag.

On the rear section, the sharp edges mixed in with that thoroughly designed spoiler allow the air flow to be controlled. Also lowering both the drag and the turbulence are the back glass and the windshield with its aggressive rake. That the new Volt may well be the most aerodynamic model in the history of the brand is not an accident. In order to make this happen, both the design team and the engineering team, work in GM’s wind tunnel along with aerodynamicists to create the Volt.

Since the Volt needs less energy in overcoming air resistance, it meant an electric range of 8 miles and extended range of 50 miles. Director of Design Bob Boniface said that since the Volt was projected to be a revolutionary vehicle, it was important that the design would deliver a dynamic and sleek statement. Just by looking at this model, he added, the refined and highly technical execution is clear. Boniface said further that the car has a number of interrelating surfaces that result in crisp, clean edges and creases.

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