Tuesday, July 22, 2008

GM, 30 utilities plug electric car-charging infrastructure

From the San Jose Business Journal:

General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will help build a national charging infrastructure for electric cars.

Detroit-based General Motors (NYSE:GM) made the announcement before the start of the Plug-In 2008 conference at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, saying it will team with 30 utilities in 37 states, as well as the Electric Power Research Institute, on the project. The aim is to fine-tune the technology, safety and customer experience for car-charging stations by 2010 when the Chevy Volt is slated to debut.

"Thousands of cars is a fail," Jonathan Lauckner, GM's vice president of global program management, told the media at a preconference dinner Monday. "We need tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands over a number of years.">>>MORE