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Chevy Volt Gives Electric Cars a Charge

With provincial and federal support, GM confirmed it is proceeding in Oshawa, Ontario with a new $40 million initiative in advanced technology R&D projects focused on the electrification of the car. Pictured is interior of preproduction Chevy Volt.

Published: 15-Oct-2008

GM Canada unveiled the production versions of it plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, in Toronto on Sept. 18 to its Canadian dealers.

GM will partner with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on the extended range electric car slated to start production by General Motors in 2010.

The three partners announced new Ontario based R&D and public education initiatives that will help prepare the way in Ontario for a new, fast approaching, fleet of safe, highway-ready electrically powered vehicles.

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