SPX surveyed about 2,000 potential electric vehicle owners in California, Michigan, Texas, and the New York and Washington, D.C. metro areas. The results showed that most homes are set up well for home charging, but lack a 240-volt outlet (The Volt comes standard with a 120-volt charge cord set, which can charge the vehicle in about 10 hours on a standard household outlet. For those people that want a faster charge, SPX will help with the installation of a 240-volt charging station at your home, which will charge the Volt in about four hours.).
99 percent of these homes have electrical systems equipped with circuit breakers, an important piece of infrastructure needed to support a 240V charger.
71 percent have space on their electrical service panel for additional breakers, allowing space to have a line for this charger to be added.
78 percent of respondents lack a 240V outlet or line near their parking location, which is essential for faster home charging.
For people that live in apartment buildings or do not have their own garage, General Motors is working with local utility companies across the country on creating public charging stations. The Volt’s extended-range capability also eliminates the worry of being stranded with a dead battery – when the charge on the Volt runs low, the on-board engine powers a generator that creates electricity that keeps you moving.
For more on getting a charging station installed in your home, check with your participating Chevrolet Volt dealer. The video below also has some information that can help you out: