VIDEO from Synaptic Digital and General Motors: Fueling Stations of the Future

Home Garages Become Modern Day Gas Stations for the Chevrolet Volt

Oct 07, 2010, 15:09 ET from Synaptic Digital from ,General Motors

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt begin to hit the market this fall, a lot of drivers are wondering "Where do I plug them in?" The answer, may be in their own garage.

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Chevrolet says it will take about 10 hours to fully charge a Volt's battery with a standard 120 volt outlet.  For battery-only cars a 120 volt charge could take more than 16 hours.  To alleviate long charge times, a 240-volt home charging unit can be installed on the wall of almost any garage or carport. The faster, more convenient charging option can fully charge a Volt in about four hours.

In addition, utility companies say consumers shouldn't worry that electric cars will be a drain on the electric supply and are working on offering special rates to encourage electric car owners to charge during off-peak hours. 

The home charging unit will retail for $490, plus the cost of installation. 

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