7/29/2011

Chevy Installs Green Zone Power Stations Nationwide

Chevy goes major on it push for electric car production by harnessing the power of the sun to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America.  The Green Zone initiative will generate electricity equivalent to 12 full vehicle charges per day and excess electricity created will help supplement the dealership's power needs.



Stated in PR Newswire, "The Chevrolet Green Zone will provide our U.S. dealers with added flexibility when it comes to charging their vehicles, while also reinforcing GM's commitment to renewable energy projects, "said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Chevrolet Marketing and Strategy.

American Chevrolet in Modesto, California, and Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc, Michigan, are the first U.S. dealerships to complete their solar charging capability by installing Green Zones on their property.  Each canopy generates enough electricity for up to 4,500 charges per vehicle annually.  Enough renewable energy to power two to three homes per year is provided by just one of these canopies.  Perhaps we should all invest in solar car ports with our electric car purchases?



The Chevy Green Zone Initiative is part of GM Ventures' recent announcement to invest $7.5 million in Sunlogics, a solar panel manufacturing and development company that will supply the panels and install the dealer charging stations.  Both American Chevrolet and Al Serra Chevrolet partnered with Sunlogics for installation of their Green Zones.

 GM is the leading user of renewable energy in automotive manufacturing.  It has three of the largest automotive rooftop solar power installations in the United States, and the world's largest rooftop solar installation at its car assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain.  Additionally, GM has started construction on a new solar field at its Detroit-Hamtramck facility and completed construction on a solar array on top of its Baltimore Operations facility.