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USA: Austin Community To Become A Volt Village To Test GM Electric Cars’ Impact On Grid

Talk about high Volt-age.

A neighborhood in Austin, Texas, designed to be a test bed for green technologies and that, according to General Motors, boasts the highest concentration of electric cars in the U.S. will become a laboratory for how the vehicles and their drivers interact with a smart power grid, homes and renewable energy systems.

General Motors has initially made 100 of its plug-in electric hybrid Chevrolet Volts available for purchase by the 1,000 residents of the Mueller development and more than half have been sold so far, according to a company representative.

GM and its OnStar subsidiary on Tuesday announced a collaboration with an R&D organization called Pecan Street that is managing various sustainability initiatives in the Mueller neighborhood, which was built on the site of a closed municipal airport.

Members of the Pecan Street consortia include the University of Texas, utility Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Environmental Defense Fund.


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