Holden has moved a step closer to the launch of its new Volt extended-range electric vehicle this week, with the launch of a charging station at the company's Port Melbourne headquarters.
Operated by charging network ChargePoint and powered by Origin Energy's government-certified "100 percent GreenPower" programme, the station will be available to all Volt drivers after launch.
The charging station is a twin to six green-energy points installed at Holden's engineering and design headquarters, and its Lang Lang proving grounds in southern Victoria.
On hand at today's launch was Greg Combet AM MP, Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Industry and Innovation, along with Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
Holden's Executive Director for Engineering, Greg Tyus, described the Volt as a vehicle that will change Australian motorists' views on sustainable transport, and Holden as a brand.
"Volt can travel a distance of up to 80 kilometres on pure electric driving, more than enough for most drivers to commute each day without visiting a petrol station," Mr Tyus said.
"You can drive emission free and recharge at home from a standard power outlet in less than six hours for around $2.50."
About the Volt
The Volt is driven primarily by a 111kW/368Nm front-mounted electric motor, paired with a small 1.4 litre petrol engine, the latter powering a generator that keeps the electric motor's lithium-ion battery pack charged.
Holden boss Mike Devereux is confident that the Volt will be a success in Australia, describing the car as "one of the most technologically advanced cars on the road anywhere in the world".
“Volt will make driving more economical, more environmentally-friendly and will fundamentally change the way Australia thinks about alternative transport solutions," Devereux said at the Volt's Australian unveiling in December.
“This is the start of something big for Holden and Australia.”
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