GM Sees San Francisco and DC as Driving Volt Adoption

The upcoming Volt hybrid sedan is GM's attempt to work with local governments to build public charging stations and offer price incentives.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

General Motors plans to start selling its electric hybrid Volt sedan in the United States next year, and sees two communities as key to its early success: San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The automaker announced Tuesday that it plans to work with "key stakeholders" in San Francisco and Washington to develop policies that accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. That includes local government officials, utility companies, regulators and public utility commissions, officials responsible for permits and codes, environmental commissions, local employers, and universities.
With the unveiling of its "road map" for electric vehicle adoption in those communities on Tuesday, GM suggests it will be seeking some level of commitment of money and resources from their local governments, businesses, and universities for the building of charging stations, creation of price incentives for vehicles and electricity costs, and other incentives to drive adoption of the Volt.

It's already talking to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Cities have an indispensable role in making plug-in vehicles successful," Newsom said in a statement provided by GM. "Here in San Francisco, we are acting now to make sure the charging infrastructure will be available to support these vehicles as soon as they are ready for sale, and we are working with other cities in the region to make the Bay Area a thriving market for electric transportation."

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