It's been a big week for the ChargePoint electric-car charging network. On June 27, it announced it would take over management and operation of General Electric's charging network of 1,800 commercial and roughly 8,000 residential charging sites, made up of its DuraStations and WattStations. Then, on June 28, it issued a second release, saying it had closed $43 million of additional funding with a contribution from Siemens—bringing the latest financing round, known as Series G and led by Daimler, to a total of $125 million. DON'T MISS: ChargePoint launches Express Plus modular...
GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes
Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars, to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. And where changes are made, personnel policies are sure to...John Voelcker
Las Vegas Gambles On Chevrolet Volt For City Fleet
Las Vegas is better known for its excess than its frugality, but city bosses are turning that image around by trialling a fleet of electric cars, the first of which is GM's range-extended electric vehicle, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The trial will make the city the only government agency in the state...Antony Ingram
Is Obama's Goal of 1 Million Plug-In Cars By 2015 Feasible?
Since 2008, Barack Obama has consistently promoted the goal of having 1 million advanced technology vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. The number refers to plug-in vehicles that use grid power, stored in lithium-ion battery packs, to operate their electric traction motors. Regular hybrids like the...John Voelcker
GE Buying 25K EVs--Starting with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
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...Martin Padgett
GE CEO Announces Intent To Order ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Electric Vehicles
If you are still on the fence about electric vehicle technology, then you should probably check out our recent article on electric car rivalry published earlier today. You also should know you aren’t alone. However, that doesn’t mean some people and companies aren’t putting their...Jonathan McGrew
General Electric, the conglomerate that produces everything from power-plant turbines to television shows, wants to jumpstart the electric-vehicle market. To do that, said CEO Jeffrey Immelt yesterday in London, it will place the "largest order in history" for electric vehicles, numbering in the tens of thousands. That order could come as soon as next week. It will likely be spread across mutliple manufacturers, since early production by General Motors and Nissan is limited, and will encompass not only passenger cars but also delivery trucks. Immelt did not specify whether the order would be...
General Electric Unveils EV Charger, $200M Smart Grid Tech Contest
General Electric stepped up its game in the smart grid industry today, launching both a charging device for electric vehicles and a $200 million contest calling for projects working to make electrical grids cleaner and more efficient. Both developments were rolled out under the banner of...John Voelcker