The progenitors of electric-vehicle battery-swapping systems have reached a deal with General Motors' Holden division in Australia to provide EV-charging stations that can be used by drivers of the Holden (née Chevrolet) Volt extended-range plug-in.
Better Place will provide so-called "membership packages" for Volt drivers while installing charging stations, including a bunch at Holden Volt dealers. Better Place also said it would work with the Australian government at ensuring that much of the energy used by the charging stations will come from renewable sources for true emissions-free driving (for the first 35 miles or so, anyway).
Better Place recently said that EVs using its battery-swapping systems in Israel and Denmark have surpassed one million kilometers (625,000 miles) driven via Better Place-supplied power. The company has an agreement with Renault to use the French automaker's Fluence Z.E. EVs for the project.
Holden has today announced Better Place as its preferred partner for renewable energy and faster charging solutions for the long range Holden Volt electric car.
Better Place will develop a number of membership packages for Volt customers including the installation of a 'Charge Spot' unit at home or work, and zero emissions charging provided through the purchase of renewable energy or 100% Government certified renewable energy certificates.
Holden Energy and Environment Director, Richard Marshall said offering customers faster charging and renewable energy solutions were important steps.
"The Volt is unique among electric cars as it can charge from a regular household outlet, but we know from overseas' experience that Volt customers are likely to also look for faster charging options.
"And while the Volt is not restricted in range compared to other standard electric vehicles, we do expect that drivers will prefer to drive on battery only wherever possible.
"A Volt can take less than 6 hours to charge using a 240V 10A charge through a regular household outlet. Customers who choose to install a Better Place Charge Spot can charge their Volt in under four. This option is likely to be popular with fleets who want to run their Volts predominantly on the initial battery charge." Mr Marshall said.
Additionally, the Better Place partnership will offer Volt drivers the potential to drive with zero emissions up to 87kilometres. The Holden Volt produces no tailpipe emissions when it is running petrol-free on its initial battery power and Better Place offers zero emissions charging through the purchase of only renewable energy or Large-scale Generation Certificates for its charge network.
Better Place Head of Strategy and Marketing, Ben Keneally said the partnership gave Volt motorists a complete recharging solution for their electric driving.
"The partnership between Better Place and Holden means Volt drivers can choose an all-inclusive service that delivers complete peace of mind and makes driving an electric car easy, convenient and reliable.
"We look after everything a Volt driver needs – including installing personal charging spots at home or work, delivering shorter charging times, and providing ongoing management, maintenance, and 24-hour customer care," Mr Keneally said.
As part of the partnership, Better Place will also install a Volt Charge Spot for participating Holden Volt dealers to enable them to charge their demonstration vehicles when they arrive in the final quarter of this year.
Prospective Volt customers can register for more information at www.holden.com.au/volt or contact their local dealer. To find out more about Better Place Volt packages, customers should call 03 8679 0800.
The long range electric 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 via a regular household outlet (10A charge), costing as little as $2.50 for a full charge. It has an electric range of up to 87km and with its petrol generator, has a combined range of more than 600km. To view video of how Volt works visit: http://holdenhq.com.au/holden-volt-how-it-works/
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