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General Electric, the corporation that, back in November of 2010, committed to purchasing 25,000 plug-in vehicles, including 12,000 Chevy Volts by 2015, will host a seven-city Electric Vehicle Experience Tour aimed at educating the public on plug-in vehicle technology and deployment. GE has teamed up with automakers General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Coda, Smart, Think and other organizations involved with plug-in vehicles.

Each day-long tour stop will include presentations by GE, workshops outlining electric vehicle deployment and integration strategies and test drives. Scheduled tour dates include:
  • San Francisco, CA: March 10
  • Seattle, WA: March 15
  • Los Angeles, CA: March 17
  • San Diego, CA: March 22
GE is expected to announce additional Spring 2011 tour dates for the cities of Austin, TX, New York, NY and Washington, DC.

[Source: General Electric]
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GE Announces National Electric Vehicle Experience Tour to Engage Key Stakeholders on EV Deployment Strategies

PLAINVILLE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE (NYSE: GE) announced today it will host an electric vehicle experience tour in seven U.S. cities that will bring GE experts together with local businesses, industry leaders, and public sector stakeholders for educational workshops, test drives, and dialogue on the business case for EV ecosystems.

"Our EV Experience Tour is an important way for us to engage communities across the United States in the discussion about the economic and environmental advantages of EV deployment."

GE has already committed to purchase 25,000 EVs by 2015 for its own fleet and for fleet customers. It owns one of the world's largest vehicle fleets, operates a leading global fleet management business, and offers a portfolio of product solutions including charging stations, circuit protection equipment and transformers that touch every part of electric vehicle infrastructure development. The company is hosting the EV Experience Tour to help other businesses and key stakeholders understand technical and business approaches for deploying pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Each day-long stop in cities along the tour will include presentations by GE and community leaders, workshops to help stakeholders with EV planning, deployment, and integration strategies, and test drives.

Scheduled Tour dates are:

* San Francisco, March 10
* Seattle, March 15
* Los Angeles, March 17
* San Diego, March 22

Additional EV Experience Tour dates will be announced in Austin, New York City, and Washington, D.C. for Spring 2011.

"GE is playing a leadership role in the transformation to smarter transportation solutions and a smarter electrical grid," said Luis Ramirez, CEO, GE Energy Industrial Solutions. "Our EV Experience Tour is an important way for us to engage communities across the United States in the discussion about the economic and environmental advantages of EV deployment."

GE is working with GM, Ford, Toyota, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Coda, Smart, THINK and other organizations on the tour.

"We're committed to helping our customers learn what electric vehicles can do for their organizations," said Clarence Nunn, President and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services. "Each of our tour stops will give participants first-hand exposure to the technical and business considerations for EV deployment and put them on a path toward adoption."

GE's EV Experience Tour and electric vehicle program are part of its ecomagination business strategy to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology though innovation and R&D investment. In support of the tour, an electric vehicle readiness toolkit is available on ecomagination.com to help municipalities, customers, and individuals prepare for wide-scale electric vehicle deployment.

About GE Energy

Helping to lead the future of electrification around the globe, GE Energy's Industrial Solutions division (www.geindustrial.com) seeks to forge strong relationships with its customers, identifies challenges then solves them, and invests in innovative technologies that help create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient electrical infrastructure. Operating in more than 60 countries, our dedicated teams manufacture and service electrical distribution, control systems and motor products for industrial facilities. Recent innovations include EntelliGuard® circuit breakers, Pegasus® induction motors, the Arc Vault™ protection system, and WattStation™ electric vehicle charging stations.

About GE Capital Fleet Services

GE Capital Fleet Services is a global fleet management company with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Visit the Web site at www.gefleet.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GEFleetSvcs).

GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GECapital). GE (NYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company taking on the world's toughest challenges. Dedicated to innovation in energy, health, transportation and infrastructure, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.


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      • 5 Months Ago
      Exactly where & when is the one in San Francisco?
      • 5 Months Ago
      I guess the responses to this article give an answer to all those crazy's who claim that EV's (Volts in particular) are languishing unsold on dealers lots.

      Interesting to note that GE will buy 12,500 Volts over the next 3 years. If that sort of fleet transaction transposed through the North American fleet market, GM would need to treble its production output!

      Eventually these vehicles will find their way onto the used car market, further assisting public adoption of EV transport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How to register?
        • 5 Months Ago
        I dunno. I dug around and stumbled upon http://www.codaautomotive.com/electric-vehicle-blog/coda-joins-ges-ev-experience-tour/ which says "*Event is closed to the public". :(

        I live near Seattle too... :/
        • 5 Months Ago
        In Northern Virginia many of the condos and apartment buildings are costing installing a charger so that they can advertise that they are the 'green building'. And it is getting a lot of support from condo associations, mostly because it isn't that expensive and they will be putting the charger in the least desirable parking spots so that they are less likely to have regular cars parking in the parking spaces needed to reach the BEV or EREV with the charging cable. If they start to earn steady revenue, however slight, they will probably get more common, quick.
        • 5 Months Ago
        GE, Tokyo Electric, Seimans, Edison, and hundreds of other utilities world wide are providing charging points.

        Fast induction charging is also being developed as are smart plugs that will charge your own account so that you can use any plug anywhere.

        The apartment dweller will be well catered for in the very near future.
        • 5 Months Ago
        How apartment dwellers can charge their electric vehicles is far from been solved. This is really one of the majors bottlenecks.
        http://green.autoblog.com/2011/02/04/video-how-apartment-dwellers-can-charge-their-electric-vehicles/
      • 4 Years Ago
      The dog that did not bark of course is Nissan. That is who GM is frightened of.
        • 5 Months Ago
        Ultimately, GM is a protected member of the central banking cartel. That is why they were "bailed out" in the first place. Interestingly, if you follow the history of Ford and GE as well, you will find that they too are key members as well as Chase (engineered mortgage fiasco bailout anyone? ), Xerox, HP, etc..

        But even so, unless GM comes up with something far better than a $40K+ PHEV when Toyota has had a larger hybrid with better mileage for well under $30K for a decade, they aren't going to gain much traction. And let's not forget that Toyota is adding the plug-in option on the 2012 Prius. What then?
        • 5 Months Ago
        GM should have no fear of Nissan. The Leaf and Volt are ranted about by the same people on forums, but in the real world these vehicles will both find different markets.

        The Volt is exactly like GM states, basically a compact Electric vehicle, fitted with a small ICE engine for range extending purposes. This Volt is a natural evolutionary development of the hybrid concept, or a accommodation to those who are afraid of the lack of practicality of all electric.

        Volt's real rival is the Prius PIEV-Hybrid, or Ford's yet to be released EV competitor.

        No car appeals to everyone, but the Volt will find a market.

        The Nissan Leaf appeals to a different market. It's subcompact, commuter styling and range will find an appeal in the fact that it's the second practical small EV mass manufactured ever made, and the first with world wide distribution. It will succeed because of it's good looks and appeal.

        The Leaf will sell to a different, although similar buyer as the Volt. Some fleets will invest in both to cater for different usage.

        But these vehicles are still only stepping stones, the key to EV success will be developments in electric storage technology.
        • 5 Months Ago
        Nissan doesn't need any more customers right now. They need to concentrate on building cars to fill their existing orders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Three california cities, but nothing in the midwest? Boo...
        • 5 Months Ago
        Yeah, I live in South Dakota. What are we? Chopped liver?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The tour name is a misnomer. Please call is gas-electric vehicle.
        bajohn3
        • 5 Months Ago
        Or you could just call it what it is using an existing term, PHEV.
        • 5 Months Ago
        If you are going to criticize the Volt at least give it an accurate description. It is a sort of primarily electric vehicle that uses an ICE to make it better than any BEV out there. So I guess it is an Electric/ICE hybrid. Or I guess we could just call it an EREV, as GM has tried to do...
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