2011 Chevrolet VoltDetroit, Michigan – The first U.S. buyers of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range vehicle will be eligible for one of 4,400 free home charging stations, the company has announced. The program will provide Volt owners with a 24o-volt charging station and, in many cases, will include the cost of home installation.

The projects are made possible with a grant from the Transportation Electrification Initiative, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“Many owners will plug their Volt into a normal 120-volt electrical outlet, charge overnight and drive to work in the morning using only battery power,” said Tony DiSalle, product and marketing director. “For Volt owners who want to install a faster 240-volt charge station, we expect the Department of Energy project to save $1,000 and $2,000.”

The DOE projects were established to install charging stations in residential, workplace and public areas to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles, and to study electric vehicle usage to optimize future electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Federal grants and other funds have been awarded to install more than 15,000 home charge stations, including the Volt stations.

The total 4,400 home charging stations include 2,600 as part of the EV Project from ECOtality, and 1,800 as part of the ChargePoint America project from Coulomb Technologies. The programs will collect data such as average charge time, energy usage, and the start and finish times of the charging process, with data analyzed by the DOE to understand how electric vehicles are driven, how and when they are charged, and ultimately, what is required for widespread adoption.

At the time of purchase, Volt buyers will receive a portable 120-volt charge cord, and will have the option of installing a 240-volt charge station available from Chevrolet. Those who wish to take advantage of the free charging station program must live within the program cities, and must be willing to share their charging information.

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