GE to Add 25,000 EVs to its Fleet by 2015; Half of Them Likely to be Chevy Volts

November 16, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

GE has decided to purchase 25,000 electric vehicles worldwide by 2015 for its own fleet which is one among the world’s largest fleets. By the proposed move, the company will manage to convert half of its global fleet to electric vehicles on that date.

This decision has made the largest-ever single electric vehicle commitment to be real.

In the beginning the company will be acquiring 12,000 units of GM EVs namely the acclaimed Chevrolet Volt in 2011, and plans to raise the numbers subsequently with better and innovative models from other manufacturers.

Chevrolet Volt may not be completely an EV in the purest sense, but it seems to fulfill the needs, expectations and demands of this huge fleet of GE.

As a part of the plan, the company will also introduce electric vehicle customer experience centers in Michigan and Minnesota. Through these centers, the performance, charging behaviors, driver experiences and service requirements of the EVs will be tracked and evaluated.

The company plans to push the usage of EVs into another level with this initiative. They hope to accelerate the adoption curve and drive scale by electrifying their own fleet.

It will also be a catalyst for increasing the credibility and goodwill of the EVs. Many people are away from adopting EV and this decision of GE may prove to be an inspiring one.

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