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Chevy Dealerships Install Solar Green Zones Capable of Charging 4,500 Electric Cars a Year

Posted By Brit Liggett On July 29, 2011 @ 10:33 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News,Solar Power | No Comments

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Today GM announced the launch of a new nationwide program to install solar canopy charging stations at their Chevy dealerships across the country. Each canopy, called a Green Zone, will be capable of charging up to 4,500 electric vehicle [1] (EV) batteries a year. With that much positive green energy running through the batteries of their not-yet sold Chevy Volts, GM should have no problem selling off their increased production run [2] of the award winning [3] plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

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The first two dealerships to complete Green Zone construction are American Chevrolet in Modesto, California, and Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc, Michigan. “The question isn’t whether to install a solar canopy, it’s where and how many,” said Joe Serra, president of Serra Automotive. “It’s a win for us because the electricity [4] generated will help reduce operating costs, and it’s a win for the environment since solar power [5] helps reduce our carbon footprint.” The cost for each solar [5] canopy comes free to the dealership and is part of GM Ventures’ recent announcement to invest $7.5 million in Sunlogics, a solar technology company that will be manufacturing the solar panels for the company and installing the canopies on dealership property.

GM announced in May that they had installed a solar canopy charging station [6] at their Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, where all Volts are made, to charge the vehicles after they head out to dealerships. The new Green Zone initiative will take the Volt’s emission-free charging one step further and shows GM’s commitment to the future of green transportation. Each canopy provides enough electricity to power three homes yearly and all excess energy [7] not used to power Volt batteries will be used to supplement the dealerships power needs.

+ Chevrolet [8]


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[1] electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/automotive

[2] increased production run: http://www.egmcartech.com/2011/07/28/gm-to-increase-chevrolet-volt-output-to-5000-units-by-jan/

[3] award winning: http://inhabitat.com/chevy-volt-named-north-american-car-of-the-year/

[4] electricity: http://inhabitat.com/energy

[5] solar power: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power

[6] installed a solar canopy charging station: http://inhabitat.com/gm-reveals-it-charges-volts-with-solar-panels-before-they-head-to-dealerships/

[7] energy: http://inhabitat.com/http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[8] + Chevrolet: http://www.chevrolet.com/

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