GE Buying 25K EVs--Starting with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

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2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

GM is set to deliver its 2011 Chevrolet Volt to its first batch of owners, but it's just booked a big order sure to keep the extended-range electric car in short supply for the near future.

As its CEO Jeffrey Immelt promised two weeks ago, corporate giant General Electric said today it would purchase 25,000 electric cars over the next five years. The EVs will be used in its fleets in what the company calls the "largest ever" order for electric cars.

GM will grab 12,000 of those orders with the Volt. GE will buy that many Volt hatchbacks from the automaker, and says that as more EVs come on to the market, it will include those in its big EV buy.

The Volt has an electric-only driving range of between 25 and 50 miles. It can be charged through a 110-volt or a 240-volt outlet, or users can let the Volt power recharge itself via electricity generated by an on-board gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine. The engine also contributes power to the Volt more directly under some circumstances.

The 2011 Volt enters production this month, at the same time as the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf. Both cars qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and are eligible for other green-car credits and perks on a state-by-state basis.

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Comments (7)
  1. what a joke. if ge had really wanted to purchase evs, they could have chosen the leaf or the coda - both are also available.

  2. Maybe they have to drive 200+ miles continuously.....

  3. gm is controlled by big oil. this will become evident to anyone who takes off his blinders.
    it will be interesting to see what ge does with the other 15,000 vehicles it intends to purchase.

  4. Yes the Leaf and Coda are available. But I like the fact that GE is buying American made EVs.
    They did not say what other EVs they are buying so it is possible the next news item will be for Leafs.
    Also they did not say they were going to buy 12000 Volts. But 12000 GM cars over the next 5 years. They expect more choices for EREVs and EVs from GM as time goes on.

  5. hi roy,
    do you know something beyond the article ? the article specifically says 12,000 volts.
    and then when other evs come on the market (well the volt is not an ev, while the leaf and coda are evs and ON THE MARKET), ge will consider other makes.
    as far as i can tell, it is a bunch of double talk.
    ge went ahead and supported big oil. so again i say, i will wait to see what their next move is.

  6. it would also be interesting to know what the real deal was. how much did ge pay for each vehicle ? what sort of other goodies went with it.
    it would benefit gm a lot just to have that sort of advertising. ge could have bought them from gm at cost.
    just remember, that the volt is gm's way of keeping americans burning as much gas for as long as possible.

  7. 1. Leaf is already in production, thus volt is not going to production in same time, but later
    2. Volt is EV only formally, actually gasoline car

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