Volt ready to spark up
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