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GM Aligns With EPRI, Completes Alternative Fuel Trifecta

Posted in Alt Fuels, auto industry, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Electric Cars, Ford, Gas Prices, GM, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | July 22nd, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Following in Ford’s footsteps, General Motors announced on Monday its public alliance with the Electric Power Research Institute (an organization collectively representing utility industries in the United States), becoming the second automotive manufacturer to do so. According to execs, the purpose of the alliance is to ready the consuming population “for the widespread sale of electric plug-in cars…” (here’s to looking at you, Chevrolet Volt).

Of everything GM and EPRI are hoping to accomplish together, the most noteworthy item on their agenda is their aim to implement “an infrastructure for public charging stations.”Ah yes, public charging “infrastructures.”

For those of you just joining us, the term “public charging infrastructure” is directly interchangeable with “gas station.” Call me a cynic, but I have a sneaking suspicion that GM’s “consumer preparedness campaign” is little more than a thinly-veiled preemptive maneuver to avoid angering their oil-company brethren with the horrifying prospect of some guy with an industrial sized extension cord and strategically placed AC adapter effectively circumventing gas-station price-gouging.

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