Chevrolet to Solar Charge Volts, Dealerships

By Jason Davis | July 29, 2011
If the 2012 Chevrolet Volt didn't convince you that Chevy is looking to clean up its game, maybe this will. In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Chevrolet has teamed up with solar systems provider Sunlogics to install solar charging stations at select dealerships for the new Volt. The solar charging stations would generate enough juice at each dealership for 12 full-vehicle charges daily, and up to 4500 charges yearly. Known as the Chevrolet Green Zone, excess electricity created by the charging systems would help power dealership facilities. Chevy says the Green Zone could reduce a dealership's operating costs by as much as 25 percent.
"The Chevrolet Green Zone will provide our U.S. dealers with added flexibility when it comes to charging their vehicles, while also reinforcing GM's commitment to renewable energy projects," said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Chevrolet Marketing and Strategy. The Green Zone program is part of GM Ventures' $7.5 million investment into Sunlogics for solar panels and installations. More than two-dozen dealerships have already pledged to go solar, including American Chevrolet in Modesto, California and Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc, Michigan. "The beauty of this program is that there is no capital cost required from the dealership," said Dave Halvorson, president of American Chevrolet in Modesto. "Not only do we generate the solar energy to increase our reliance on renewable electricity, but the Green Zone is a billboard of our commitment to the environment." Joe Serra, president of Serra Automotive, was equally upbeat. "It's a win for us because the electricity generated will help reduce operating costs, and it's a win for the environment since solar power helps reduce our carbon footprint."'s take: Well-played Chevrolet. Source: Chevrolet
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Chevy is really dead serious in coming up with a very environmentally friendly car with this new development its Volt brand. Perhaps, Toyota and GM could team up and have some kind of recharging facilities sharing. Charging stations are one great issues for electric cars. Hopefully, this development would encourage more people to shift to using electric cars, whether it's a Volt or Prius.