Volt ready to spark up

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HOLDEN has an­nounced it has joined the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment’s elec­tric ve­hi­cle trial with its in­ter­nal fleet of ex­tended-range elec­tric Volt ve­hi­cles.

As part of the part­ner­ship — an­nounced this week dur­ing its na­tional En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Week — Holden will sup­ply recharge data col­lected from its in­ter­nal fleet be­fore Volt goes on sale later this year.

Holden will also be con­duct­ing con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the trial to pro­mote aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, and their ben­e­fits.

Holden’s direc­tor of en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment, Richard Mar­shall, said join­ing the Vic­to­rian elec­tric ve­hi­cle trial would help to in­crease con­sumer aware­ness of emerg­ing ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies.

Elec­tric cars are now a re­al­ity and cars like the new Holden Volt put elec­tric driv­ing within the reach of ev­ery­day driv­ers

‘‘While elec­tric cars have been a dream for decades, they are now a re­al­ity and cars like the new Holden Volt put elec­tric driv­ing within the reach of ev­ery­day driv­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘By get­ting in­volved in the Vic­to­rian elec­tric ve­hi­cle trial, we hope to de­velop a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how peo­ple drive and recharge ve­hi­cles.’’

Holden has been run­ning left-hand-drive Volt ve­hi­cles as a demon­stra­tion and en­gi­neer­ing fleet since De­cem­ber 2011. The first right-hand-drive Volts have made their de­but on Mel­bourne streets this week.

The first Aus­tralianspec­i­fi­ca­tion Volts will be driven by Holden em­ploy­ees who will live with the car for 12 weeks.

The em­ploy­ees will give valu­able feed­back to the launch team and share in­sights into their ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing with an elec­tric car on so­cial net­works.

‘‘Or­di­nar­ily the ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment process is shrouded in se­crecy, but with Volt we’re tak­ing a dif- fer­ent ap­proach and en­cour­ag­ing the Volt eval­u­a­tion driv­ers to talk about their cars with friends, fam­i­lies and on­line con­tacts,’’ Mar­shall said.

Up­dates from the driv­ers will also be shared on Holden’s blog www.Hold­enHQ. com.au/charg­ing-up-Volt and retweeted through the of­fi­cial Holden ac­count.

The Holden Volt goes on sale in Aus­tralia later this year. A game-chang­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) with ex­tended-range ca­pa­bil­ity, it can recharge in less than six hours us­ing a house­hold out­let, cost­ing as lit­tle as $2.50 for a full charge.

It has an elec­tric range of up to 80km and, with its petrol gen­er­a­tor, a com­bined range of more than 600km.

The Vic­to­rian elec­tric ve­hi­cle trial in­cludes 60 or­gan­i­sa­tions, 60 ve­hi­cles and 200 charg­ing lo­ca­tions.

Stylish and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, the new Holden Volt

Charg­ing up at Holden’s Port Mel­bourne head­quar­ters

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