GM will use Envision solar charging stations

GM will use Envision solar charging stations

Summary: As it preps for the Chevy Volt extended-range electric car rollout in November, General Motors is installing some of Envision Solar's "Solar Grove" parking-lot charging infrastructure.Although the locations were not disclosed in a short press statement from Envision, the initial rollouts for the Volt in November will center on markets in California, Michigan, Texas, New York and Washington, D.

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As it preps for the Chevy Volt extended-range electric car rollout in November, General Motors is installing some of Envision Solar's "Solar Grove" parking-lot charging infrastructure.

Although the locations were not disclosed in a short press statement from Envision, the initial rollouts for the Volt in November will center on markets in California, Michigan, Texas, New York and Washington, D.C. In mid-2011, the automaker plans to expand the Chevy Volt launch to 2011.

The charging station is designed to be between 20 percent and 25 percent more production than fixed solar arrays, because it contains technology that enables the canopy to follow the sun's path throughout the day. The stations combine Envision's CleanCharge stations with the company's tracking Solar Trees.

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  • Stupid ideas

    So now everybody is expected to not only pay for the recharge stations, but also "reserve" parking lot space for a single vehicle model?

    The Chevy Volt is already a failure because:
    #1- IT IS OVERPRICED. The "benefits" you get aren't enough to justify the $40K+ price tag.
    #2- The limited range-per-charge make this vehicle only good as a commuter car. Even when factoring in the "hybrid" mode, the range is still too small for anything else. That $40K will in reality be a $60K investment when you factor in the need for a 2nd car if you travel outside the 45% (one-way) range limit (with a 10% safety margine).
    #3- Range will degrade with time. We are not talking about a new battery technology. We are talking about the same battery tech you use in your cell phone ..... which we know degrades every time it is recharged and usually last about 2 years before it becomes barely usable.
    #4- It is from GM ....
    wackoae
    • Largest amount of vehicle polution...

      @wackoae... is the work day commute. But until we can discover an efficient way to harvest Hydrogen efficiently to make fuel cell technology cheaper.

      However, it would also need to look at whether or not the TCO is cheaper that a standard gasoline engine vehicle. We know that the average fill up for a car is $30 to $60 from near empty. If it costs the consumer only a fraction of that per year, than overall the 40K price tag may also be more than worth the long term savings in fuel.

      And in many states, purchasers get deep discounts right off the top for buying an electric vehicle through government subsidies.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

        @JM1981 Those "government subsidies" are dollars earned by working taxpayers and taken by the government or borrowed. The government has no money of its own.
        The dollars are then redistributed to Chevy to prop up its failed business model by bribing consumers to buy a car they otherwise would not purchase.
        I'll support this car when it can stand on its own in the marketplace.
        Paige_z
    • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

      @wackoae PS wackoae works for Toyta . . . :)
      rmark2
    • RE:Stupid ideas

      @wackoae @wackoae You're obviously biased. Next time you decide to rant you should place the evidence that discounts your supporting claims at #1 instead of last, or in this case, #4. That way we won't have to read all the way through your mindless thought vomit to conclude where your opinions are really coming from ;)
      carlk4574
  • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

    The first VCR wasn't cheap either.
    mhck52
    • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

      @mhck52 But it wasn't trying to replace any existing technology either.....that is the problem....as in many posts....if TCO isn't worth it...it will go the way of the betamax!
      htotten
    • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

      @mhck52 It wasn't government subsidized, either. It became a success on its own merits.
      Paige_z
  • Sounds like another "stimulus" on the way

    Uncle Sam will start another "stimulus" to save GM because of their nearing bankruptcy when they can sell these garbage cans.
    htotten
  • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

    The Nissan Leaf is far ahead of GM and half the price.
    GM would be better off bringing back the EV1; at least it went 100 miles on a charge and lead-acid batteries at that.
    Aboleyn
  • RE: GM will use Envision solar charging stations

    Recharging stations like that one could be used for more than just GM brand, and it will harvest energy from parking lots, besides providing some kind of shade to the cars. That's how a lot of things starts... Eventually somebody will come up with the idea of covering buildings with the next generation of thin film and and sell the collected energy to charing stations in the parking lot; maybe somebody will 'paint' the top of our next generation cars with something like that thin film and the car itself will be able to collect energy for free... Well, not really, free because you paid for it ahead of time when you chose the feature...
    Another option would be keep burning the stock of carbon-fuel until it exhaust and pollute the planet with the big SUVs... The only problem with this approach is, we are sending precious billions of dollars each year to finance our 'friend' nations abroad, Venezuela, the Arabs..., Russia...
    FuzzyIce
  • And no one will steal those panels

    Yeah, right.
    dpatjhh